The SABC1 telenovela Uzalo's new flame, Zinzi Zungu, started out as a child star - but says it was anything but easy.
Zungu, 34, started her career at the age of 16 as a regional presenter on e.tv children's show Craze in KwaZulu-Natal. She then moved to Joburg to sharpen her craft and studied performing arts at AFDA School for the Creative Economy.
After this, she put her efforts into trying to get a break. "I struggled until I was cast for the [SABC1] sitcom Nomzamo," she said.
The actress has since been on e.tv soapie Scandal! and its SABC3 competitor Isidingo.
She also became a continuity presenter at the SABC.
The role of MaDlamini on Uzalo is similar to her own life. The character is that of a lawyer who moves from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to open a law firm in KwaMashu, Durban, with her husband, Advocate Bheki Zulu (Luthuli Dlamini).