Masali Baduza is an actress from South Africa who attended NYFA Los Angeles. Baduza graduated with her AFA in Acting for Film in 2016. She made her film acting debut in 2019, in the film Bhai’s Cafe. That same year, Baduza appeared in the short film The Fighter and two episodes of the TV series Trackers.
Baduza then starred as Persephone “Sephy” Hadley in the BBC drama series Noughts + Crosses from 2020 to 2022. In 2021, she appeared in a remake of the 1982 slasher film Slumber Party Massacre, starring Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto-Douglas, and Mila Rayne.
Meanwhile, Baduza co-starred with Kiroshan Naidoo and Francis Chouler in the short film Let’s Do This Again Sometime (2021). She also appeared as Edith in the 2021 TV adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, starring David Tennant and based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name.
More recently, Baduza appeared in the 2022 American historical drama film The Woman King, starring Oscar-, Emmy-, and two-time Tony Award-winning actress Viola Davis as the titular monarch. Baduza plays Fumbe in the film, which is based on true historical events in the 18th- and 19th-century African kingdom of Dahomey.
Program Studied at NYFA: Acting for Film
Program Type: AFA in Acting for Film
Year Attended/Graduated: 2016
Location: Los Angeles
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