Zakeeya Patel is a South African actor, presenter and producer best known for her roles as Samantha Sharma on SABC 3’s award winning flagship soapie, Isidingo; Riaad Moosa’s little sister in the movie ‘Material’; the saucy and fiery, Amita Kahn in the award winning South African series ‘The Wild’; and the quirky and peculiar Dhanapriya, in the award winning South African series ‘High Rollers’. She is the champion of the sixth season of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and has appeared on shows such as ‘Scandal’, ‘The Docket, ‘Skwizas’, ‘7de Laan’, ‘Mzansi Love’ and ‘Sokhulu and Partners’.
In 2014, Zakeeya was hand picked by American activist and writer Eve Ensler to star in her play ‘Emotional Creature’. In 2015, she was back on the silver screen in ‘The Jakes are Missing’ and played the villainous lead Jasmine, in her first Afrikaans role in the movie ‘Die Pro”. Also in 2015, she was invited to join the cast of one of South Africa’s favourite soapies: ‘Isidingo’ as the gutsy and hot-blooded Samantha Sharma.
In 2016 she left the popular show to produce her first ever show, ‘Mnandi Me’, a health and lifestyle show for SABC Education. 2017 saw Zakeeya in a string of diverse roles including a nightmare bride in ’Broken Vows’; a self-obsessed Sandton poppie in ‘Thula’s Vine’; a kidnapped young illustrator in ‘Shadow’ and then she got shipped off to the Seychelles to compete for a million rand in the popular reality show ‘Tropika Island of Treasure’.
2019 started off with a bang for Zakeeya and she shows no sign of slowing down. She is the host of SABC’s most popular magazine show, ‘Mela’; she is on the crime thriller, ‘The Docket’ as the razor sharp journalist Lexi Patel; she appeared on the big screen as Candice, a wild child teen mother in ‘3 Days To Go’; in the dark Showmax drama ‘The Girl from St Agnes’ where she plays the school’s virtuous matron, Sharon McMahon and you can see her as a damsel in distress in South Africa’s first Netflix offering- ‘Shadow’.