Young Movers & Shakers owning their industries: Thuso Mbedu
Thuso was introduced to us back in 2014 where she played a small role in the second season of the Mzansi Magic soapie Isibaya, before landing her role as a journalism student and wild child, Kitso on Scandal!. From there on Thuso landed a few opportunities on the small screen. After being jobless for six months, Thuso landed her first starring role in the Mzansi Magic teen drama series Is’thunzi, a role that was challenging for her but managed to excel and made her a household name on South African TV. The role definitely tested her in many ways, where we later learned that while filming a rape scene for the show, she suffered from a panic attack.
All the hard work definitely paid off for Thuso, getting nominated for the role two years in a row for an International Emmy Award in 2017 & 2018, for her role as Winnie on Mzansi Magic’s Isithunzi, wherein 2017 she was the only African to be given the nod that year.
Although Thuso did not win the Emmy award for both nominations, the international nod set her on the right path.
It’s amazing to get international recognition but nothing beats being celebrated at home. Thuso won her first Golden Horn at the 2018 SAFTA’s, winning an Award for Best Actress in a TV DramaThuso moved on to being featured on the cover of Forbes Africa’s annual Under 30 issue highlighting young African stars and leaders.
Being nominated for an Emmy can only mean great opportunities to follow for a talented actress with 2019 kicking off at a great start, as she soon announced being cast for an international role. Thuso announced that she has been cast to play Cora, the main character of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad.”
The series, which tells the story of three slaves who seek freedom from Southern plantations via the Underground Railroad, will premiere on Amazon and will consist of 11 episodes written and directed by Barry Jenkins.
At just 27 you can’t help but be inspired by this young actress who takes her craft serious and focuses on always delivering top quality work for every role that she is given an opportunity to play. We are behind Thuso as she takes on her biggest role thus far and we cannot wait to see what she accomplishes next.