Gopala Davies is an award-winning actor and director specializing in film and theatre. He was named one of the Top 5 Theatre Makers of 2017 by the South African Theatre Magazine. Gopala has received two Standard Bank Ovation Awards, eight Naledi nominations and three SATMag Awards for his productions. He holds a BA Hons (Cum Laude) in Drama and Film Studies and has trained with Anthony Montes, one of the top Meisner teachers in Hollywood and a direct student of Sanford Meisner.
Gopala is best known for his role as Robert in the SABC 1 soap opera Generations: The Legacy. He has acted in the SABC 3 TV series High Rollers and features in various TV commercials. He also played the character Adam in the short film Lilith: Genesis One which won the film category at the 2015 PPC Imaginarium Awards. Gopala is part of the support cast for the international film Woodwind and has recently directed A City, a play written by Greg MacArthur, for the National Arts Festival.
Gopala has been a regular participant at the National Arts Festival, acting and directing in shows such as Pieter Toerien’s Naledi award-winning The History Boys (2011), Cry Havoc (2013), Barbe Bleue: A story about madness (2014 and 2015), Les Cenci: A story about Artaud (2016) (commissioned by the French Institute of South Africa), Jade Bowers’ Naledi award-winning Scorched (2016) and Nijinsky’s War (2017).