Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Zimbabwean actress Velile Tshabalala born in 1984 and popularly known for portraying Kareesha Lopez in Kerching! and Rosita in the 2008 Doctor Who special, “The Next Doctor”.
Though she is of Zimbabwe descent, she was born in Whitechapel, London and was raised in Ilford.
Her father is a mechanical engineer and her mother is a health visitor. She has one sister and two brothers. She trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School where she attended weekend classes from the age of 14.
At 18, Velile made her professional debut in the CBBC sitcom Kerching! and has been into acting since 2003. She played waitress Kareesha Lopez, who did very little work and was a stereotypical teenage girl. She played several roles in all three series of the BBC Three sketch comedy Titty bang bang. She appeared as a prostitute in the 2004 short film “Streets”.
In January 2008, she played a librarian in the Chuckle Vision episode “Jumping Jackpot” and also played Rosita in that year’s Doctor Who Christmas special “The Next Doctor”. She made her pantomime debut in the 2008 production of Dick Whittington’s Cat at the Compass Theatre in Ickenham.
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In 2011, she appeared very briefly in the penultimate episode of series three of the E4 series Misfits as the gangs’ newest probation worker, Laura. However, she only lasted for a matter of seconds after arriving at the community centre, ultimately being killed after being bitten by a zombie. In July 2014 she completed filming on the feature film ‘The Journey’ starring Jason Flemyng and Dickon Tolson.