Zakeeya Patel: A Journey Through South African Television and Film

Zakeeya Patel: A Journey Through South African Television and Film

Zakeeya Patel (born 6 January 1988), is a South African actress and presenter. She is best known for her roles in the series Isidingo, 7de Laan, and High Rollers.

Zakeeya Patel

Born January 6, 1988 (age 36)

Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Alma mater University of Cape Town
Occupation(s) Actress, presenter
Years active 2008–present
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Spouse Rob Price (m. 2017)
Children 1

Early life

Patel was born in Durban, South Africa. She is of Indian descent on her father’s side and Coloured descent on her mother’s. She graduated with a BA Honors Degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town.


In 2005, she played the role of ‘Samantha Sharma’ in the television soap opera Isidingo, which later became highly popular. In 2006, she became the champion of Season 6 of the South African competition Dancing with the Stars. In 2012, she appeared in the comedy film Material, playing the role of ‘Aisha Kaif’. In 2013, she appeared in the show High Rollers. In 2014, she performed in the stage play Emotional Creature, which provided her the opportunity to work with acclaimed American activist and writer Eve Ensler.

In 2018, she acted in the film The Docket. In 2019, she appeared in the Netflix original series Shadow and in Showmax’s thriller film The Girl from St. Agnes. Later that year, she played a supporting role in the film 3 Days to Go. In 2020, she starred in the sequel to the 2012 film Material, titled New Material.

Personal life Patel married economist Rob Price in a multicultural interfaith ceremony in November 2017. They moved to Los Angeles, California, in December 2019.

Filmography Film

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Material Aisha Kaif
2013 Nothing for Mahala Nurse Taz
2013 Previously on Childrens Hospital Africa Short
2015 Die Pro Jasmine Farat
2015 The Jakes Are Missing Nancy
2019 3 Days to Go Candice
2020 New Material


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Wild Amita Kahn
2013 High Rollers Dhanni Rangila
2014 7de Laan Video Blog Girl
2014 Mzansi Love: Big City Love Buhle Patel
2014 Skwizas Lydia
2015–16 Isidingo Samantha Sharma
2017 Thula’s Vine Kim K
2018 The Docket Lexie Patel
2019 The Girl from St. Agnes Sharon McMahon
2019 Shadow Sarah


Zakeeya Patel has established herself as a versatile and talented actress in the South African entertainment industry. From her early breakthrough in Isidingo to her notable performances in films like Material and its sequel New Material, Patel has demonstrated her range and dedication to her craft. Her success on both the small and big screens, along with her victory in Dancing with the Stars, underscores her multifaceted abilities. Patel’s move to Los Angeles marks a new chapter in her career, promising further growth and international opportunities. Her personal and professional journey continues to inspire many, reflecting her commitment to excellence and her passion for storytelling.

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