Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” is back with its third season, introducing new characters and, naturally, a fresh murder mystery that’s waiting to be unraveled. Among the intriguing characters, Maxine has caught the audience’s attention. Portrayed as a gentle soul merely trying to fulfill her duties, it was her words that led Oliver to experience a minor heart attack. Noma Dumezweni, a Tony Award nominee with an impressive list of credits in both theater and film, brings Maxine to life.
Meet Noma Dumezweni As Maxine In Only Murders In The Building
Noma Dumezweni was born in Mbabane, Swaziland (now Eswatini), in 1969 to South African parents. Her early years were spent in Botswana, Kenya, and Uganda before arriving in England as a refugee with her mother and sister on May 17, 1992. She started studying in Felixstowe, Suffolk and later moved to London
Noma’s personal life is marked by her commitment to co-parenting her daughter, Caoimhe, with Irish drummer Damian Grant. Though she doesn’t seem to be in a romantic relationship or married, her family life is filled with love and collaboration.
Noma’s pretty active on her Instagram account, where she usually shares her personal life activities and works.
Career, Movies, And TV Shows
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Dumezweni’s career on the big screen began with a role as Celia in the 2002 film “Dirty Pretty Things,” where she acted alongside future MCU stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong. Her journey with Disney started with roles in “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018) as Miss Penny Farthing and in 2023’s “The Little Mermaid,” where she played Queen Selina, Prince Eric’s adoptive mother.
She also had the opportunity to work again with Ejiofor in 2019 in his directorial debut, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” portraying Edith Sikelo. Fans can look forward to seeing her with Liam Neeson in the upcoming action thriller “Retribution.”
On the small screen, Dumezweni has graced various popular British shows, including guest appearances in “EastEnders” and “Doctor Who.” In “Doctor Who,” she played Captain Erisa Magambo in Donna Noble’s parallel universe. Her main role in the Michaela Coel-led thriller “Black Earth Rising” as Rwandan government official Alice Munezero further showcased her talent.
In 2022, she took on the role of a private investigator, Theodora Birch, hired by the Brannock family in Netflix’s series “The Watcher.” Her career is a tapestry of diverse and compelling roles, reflecting her skill and passion for acting.