Although born in Saudi Arabia, Nahel Tzegai is Camden Town bred through and through. She is also the very definition of a new talent, with her onscreen credits to date limited to just one, Sliced (Dave), a sitcom by comedy duo Samson Kayo and Phil Bowker (The Javone Prince Show). Set among the hustle and bustle of a low rent pizza parlour, the series aired in 2019.
Nahel does have extensive theatre credits, which multiplied after finishing her training at London’s Identity School of Acting, the UK’s leading part-time drama school whose alumni include BAFTA winners Letitia Wright and John Boyega. Nahel began her career in community theatre before joining the Roundhouse Theatre Company, where she performed her first ever run at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe.
More recent credits include 2018’s The Jungle, a Young Vic and National Theatre co-production. Set in French refugee camp the Calais Jungle, the play created a vivid portrayal of what life was like for the inhabitants in this small, densely packed patch of land. Tzegai says she enjoyed “bringing to light the untold stories of black, immigrant and working class women – the invisible women of society and making them visible through the mediums of drama and comedy.”