Although born in Saudi Arabia, Nahel Tzegai is Camden Town bred through and through. After attending 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. It was with the Roundhouse Company that she performed her first ever run at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe. Incidentally, she has also played the comedy circuits as a stand-up.
Nahel’s most recent stage credits include 2018’s The Jungle, a Young Vic and National Theatre co-production. Set in the notorious French refugee camp known as the Calais Jungle, the play became an instant modern classic, creating a vivid portrayal of loss, fear, community and hope. Nahel made the successful transfer to New York with the play. In 2020 she starred alongside Eline van der Velden in writer Hannah Khalil’s How It Ended at the Bush Theatre. Amongst many radio drama credits she worked on Cuttin’ It (2016) which won the Best Single Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.
On screen, Nahel has appeared in sitcom Sliced (Dave), she will return in season 2; and the recently released second season of Miracle Workers (HBO) with Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.
Nahel took part in the Royal Court International Writers’ programme and has some exciting projects in development. Through her work she says wants to “bring to light the invisible women of society, making them visible through the mediums of drama and comedy.”