Zenobia Kloppers is a Namibian-born actress, singer, writer and business owner. She studied acting at the University of Cape Town and classical singing at the University of Stellenbosch. She has performed numerous roles in theatre, radio, television and film over the years, under the skilled direction of Sandra Prinsloo, Janice Honeyman, Juanita Swanepoel, Brett Michael Innes, and Maynaard Kraak, among others. She has been nominated for Naledi and Fiësta awards and formed part of the cast in the award-winning productions, “Ko lat ons sing”, die “Riel van Hip Hop” and Kramer and Peterson’s “Ghoema” (“Spice Drum Beat”). She received critical acclaim for her interpretation of the title roles in the stage productions of “Klarabelle gaan Kaaptoe”, “Fiela se Kind”, “Sarah” (the story of Saartjie Baartman), as well in radio dramas such as “Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena”.
The character of Fiela Komoetie has been ten years in the making. In 2008 Zenobia played the role of Fiela under the direction of Sandra Prinsloo. Ten years later, in February 2018, she was asked to relieve Shaleen Surtie-Richards for a two-week run of “Fiela se Kind” at Carnival City. Little did she know that would be the rehearsal for the role of a lifetime in the new film adaptation of “Fiela se Kind”. The role of Fiela is her first lead in a feature film.
Fiela is a strong woman with high standards, she makes sure that her home and family are clean and well taken care of. She has a strong moral compass and, while she isn’t the type to hug or say “I love you” to her family, she will cross mountains for them.