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Also Known As: Samantha Tamanya Anne Cecilia Mumba Died:
Born: January 18, 1983 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: singer, actor, songwriter

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Born in Dublin to an Irish mother and Zambian father, singer and actress Samantha Mumba has said that her unusual background and exotic beauty was accepted in Ireland with fascination rather than discrimination. Tall and graceful, with flawless skin and a dancer's build, Mumba began performing at age three at Dublin's Billie Barry Stage School. The following year she was spotted in a dance class and booked on a television program, beginning an extracurricular entertainment career that became a full-time goal when she left school at seventeen to record her debut album "Gotta Tell You". Winning the attention of producer and famed pop group creator Louis Walsh (who hit the top of the UK charts many times over with his Dublin boy bands Boyzone and Westlife) thanks to her ingenuity and her high-profile role in "The Hot Mikado", a new spin on the Gilbert and Sullivan classic produced on the Dublin stage, Mumba landed a record deal and quickly hit the charts in the UK, even managing to score a hit in the USA, an enviable accomplishment very few European pop stars can claim.Standing out from the pop princess crowd dominated by blue-eyed blondes thanks to her confident demeanor and deeper voice as well as her...

Born in Dublin to an Irish mother and Zambian father, singer and actress Samantha Mumba has said that her unusual background and exotic beauty was accepted in Ireland with fascination rather than discrimination. Tall and graceful, with flawless skin and a dancer's build, Mumba began performing at age three at Dublin's Billie Barry Stage School. The following year she was spotted in a dance class and booked on a television program, beginning an extracurricular entertainment career that became a full-time goal when she left school at seventeen to record her debut album "Gotta Tell You". Winning the attention of producer and famed pop group creator Louis Walsh (who hit the top of the UK charts many times over with his Dublin boy bands Boyzone and Westlife) thanks to her ingenuity and her high-profile role in "The Hot Mikado", a new spin on the Gilbert and Sullivan classic produced on the Dublin stage, Mumba landed a record deal and quickly hit the charts in the UK, even managing to score a hit in the USA, an enviable accomplishment very few European pop stars can claim.

Standing out from the pop princess crowd dominated by blue-eyed blondes thanks to her confident demeanor and deeper voice as well as her look, Mumba became a fixture on MTV with her debut single "Gotta Tell You" and ranked a club hit with her follow up "Baby Come On Over". She then segued to the big screen in "The Time Machine" (2002), a Steven Spielberg-produced retelling of the H.G. Wells classic, directed by Wells' great-grandson Simon Wells (with an uncredited assist from Gore Verbinski). Mumba played Eloi, the ethereal futuristic creature who speaks an unknown language in a role devoid of any of the singing and dancing known to pad many a pop singer's feature work. The filmmakers were so impressed with Mumba's performance that she was called back to shoot additional footage, placing the character in more scenes and inserting her in the trailer, quite unlike the editing out many are subject to in their first feature outing.

Working on her sophomore album after "The Time Machine" finished shooting in 2001, the ambitious but level-headed Mumba was out to prove to be a more permanent fixture in the entertainment industry than many of her pop counterparts.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Boy Eats Girl (2007)
2.
 Joy Division (2006)
3.
 Johnny Was (2006)
4.
 Time Machine, The (2002) Mara
6.
 2000 Radio Music Awards, The (2000) Presenter
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At age four, was spotted in a dance class and booked in a television appearance
1998:
Landed a starring role in "The Hot Mikado", a Dublin stage production based upon the legendary Gilbert and Sullivan opera
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Having bluffed her way into an exclusive club, gave demo tape to Louis Walsh, the creator of the Irish pop singing groups Boyzone and Westlife
1999:
Dropped out of school at age seventeen to record debut album "Gotta Tell You"; the title single reached Number Two on the British pop charts
2000:
Cracked the US Top Ten with catchy hit "Gotta Tell You"; followed up with the club track "Baby Come On Over"
2002:
Featured in the remake of "The Time Machine", directed by author H.G. Wells' great-grandson Simon Wells
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Education

Billie Barry Stage School: -

Notes

"I never model myself on anyone. I want to make my own name and I'm not in a huge rush. The longer things take to come, the longer they last. I'm writing my second album at the moment and I don't want it to become too deep and meaningful as I don't want ot upset those who boutght the first album. By the fifth album, I'd like to have a new style of my own." -- Samantha Mumba quoted in Sydney Morning Herald, January 5, 2002.

"I'm not complaining. I could be working in a supermarket. And I have no sympathy for pop stars who say they need drugs to escape from the pressures. It's a stupid, lame excuse. I wind down by going home, having a hot shower, putting on my pyjamas, wrapping myself in a blanket and watching television." --Samantha Mumba on the pressures of her career to Sydney Morning Herald, January 5, 2002.

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brother:
Omero Mumba. Musician, actor. Born c. 1989.

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