Samantha Tamania Anne Cecilia Mumba (born 18 January 1983) is an Irish singer and actress. She shot to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut single 'Gotta Tell You', which reached the Top 10 in Ireland, UK and US. After a relatively short music career, she starred in numerous films, most notably in the 2002 film The Time Machine. She has also appeared in a number of Irish independent films. She returned to public attention when she appeared in the 2008 series of Dancing On Ice. In 2011 Mumba confirmed her retirement from music and to focus mainly on her acting career. Mumba was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her father, Peter Mumba, is from Zambia and was formerly an aircraft engineer, her mother is Irish. Mumba attended Dublin's Billie Barry Stage School from the age of three to fifteen. When Mumba was 15 she was discovered on an RT TV talent show Let Me Entertain You by Irish music Svengali Louis Walsh (manager of Boyzone and Westlife).
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