Harriet Manamela (nee Lenabe ) was born in 1971 in Diepkloof, Gauteng, South Africa. She is a South African actress best known for his role as Maggie Maputla on SABC1 drama series Skeem Saam. Harriet joined SABC1 drama series Skeem Saam as Maggie Maputla since first episodes in 2011.
Harriet matriculated from St. Anthony’s Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. She graduated from The Market Theatre Laboratory drama school
She also appeared in the 2006 mini-series When We Were Black. Her television career started in 1998 with Soul City, Isidingo, Yizo Yizo II, Justice For All II & III, Zero Tolerance, Soul Buddyz and Behind The Badge.
She had roles in films such as Hijack Stories (2000), Country Of My Skull (2004), Yesterday (2004) and Hotel Rwanda (2004).
She joined Squints Artists Community Theatre Group in Alexandra and performed in The Virus and Let’s Talk about Aids at The Market Theatre Laboratory Annual Festival. During training at The Market Theatre Laboratory drama school, she performed in Broken Dreams, appeared in Theatre Sports for SABC3, and toured Sweden with Gommorah, Koze Kuse Bash, Ways of Dying, Bozoli at The Market Theatre and The Grahamstown Arts Festival. She also performed for the Young Writers Festival at The Market Theatre.