21 March 1984 |
Burnley, Lancashire, England
|Television||Ideal (2004-2007, 2010), Coronation Street (2011-2013), Strictly Come Dancing (2013-)|
Natalie Gumede (IPA: /ˈnætəli ˈgʌmədiː/, Gum-ed-dee) (born 21 March 1984) is an English actress. She is best known for playing Kirsty Soames in the ITV1 soap opera Coronation Street. She previously played China in BBC Three's Ideal. She also appeared in The Persuasionists on BBC Two, and is a contestant in the 2013 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Gumede was born in Burnley and lived in Colne during her early life, attending firstly Christ Church C of E Primary School and then Park High School. Her grandfather Josiah Gumede was the only President of the short-lived Zimbabwe-Rhodesia. At the age of 11 while attending Pendle Hippodrome Youth Theatre, she was picked by BBC producers to help present the north-west regional insert for Children in Need in 1995. She attended the London Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts graduating in 2003 from a three-year course in Acting and Musical Theatre.
From 2004 until 2007, Gumede played China in the dark-comedy sitcom series, Ideal, who along with her friend Asia (Rebecca Atkinson), was one of Moz's regular clients. Her character featured in the pilot episode, and was a regular in the first three series.
In January 2010, Gumede featured in the sitcom The Persuasionists, broadcast on BBC Two, set in the world of advertising, starring Iain Lee, Simon Farnaby, Adam Buxton, Jarred Christmas and Daisy Haggard.
In September 2011, Gumede made her first appearance in the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, portraying Kirsty Soames, who became the domestic abusive love interest to mechanic Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall). She had previously tried out for the part of Kelly Crabtree, but lost out to Tupele Dorgu. For her portrayal of the character, Gumede had received the Best Newcomer accolade at the 2012 British Soap Awards. She was later nominated for Best Soap Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards and voted Most Popular Newcomer during the 18th National Television Awards. In Digital Spy's end of year reader poll, Kirsty's domestic abuse storyline with on-screen boyfriend Tyrone won Best Storyline with 28.3% of the vote. On 21 February 2013, it was announced that she would leave the soap after a year-and-a-half, and departed when her character, Kirsty went to prison on 3 April 2013.
On 2 September 2013, Gumede was announced as one of the fifteen celebrity contestants, participating on the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner is the eighth series champion, Artem Chigvintsev. They quickly became the early favourites for the title after a strong start. However, their progress also drew criticism after it emerged that Gumede had previously trained as a dancer when she was a child, and possibly gave her an unfair advantage.
Strictly Come Dancing
|Week No.||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|Craig Revel Horwood||Darcey Bussell||Len Goodman||Bruno Tonioli||Total|
|1||Cha Cha Cha – "Rasputin"||8||8||8||7||31||None|
|2||Waltz - "If I Ain't Got You"||8||9||8||9||34||Safe|
|3||Rumba - "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)"||9||9||9||9||36||Safe|
|4||Quickstep - "Yeah!"||9||9||8||9||35||Safe|
|5||Samba - "Bamboléo"||8||9||9||9||35||Safe|
|6||Viennese Waltz - "Devil in Me"||9||10||9||10||38||Safe|
|*7||Jive - "Proud Mary"||*N/A||*N/A||*N/A||*N/A||*N/A||Given Bye|
|8||Charleston - "Bang Bang"||9||10||10||10||39||Safe|
|9||Tango - "Where Have You Been"||9||9||9||10||37||Safe|
|10||American Smooth - "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"||9||9||8||10||36||Safe|
|11||Paso Doble - El Gato Montes||9||9||8||9||35||Safe|
|Swing-a-thon - Do You Love Me||N/A||N/A||6||N/A||6|
|2004||Von Trapped||Madison Avenue|
|2005||Emmerdale||Tania Coles||2 episodes|
|2006||Doctors||Jenny Benjamin||2 episodes|
|2008||The Scum Also Rises||Mimsy|
|2009||Doctors||Celine King||1 episode|
|2011–13||Coronation Street||Kirsty Soames||Series Regular.
British Soap Award for Best Newcomer (2012)
British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance (2013)
British Soap Award for Best Villain (2013)
|2013–present||Strictly Come Dancing||Herself||Contestant, series 11|
|2013||Moving On||Jo||1 episode|
|2006||Billy Liar||Liz||Liverpool Playhouse|
|2006||Coke Cola Zero||Girlfriend|
|2006||Admiral Car Insurance||Jane|
|2005||National Lottery Euromillions Rollover||Woman|
|2012||DFS Sofa Advert||Voice|
|2008||You're in the Movies||Heroine||Xbox|
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- Sourcemodels Page
- Sainou Talent Agency page
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