Thuso Mbedu is a South African actor who was born on July 8, 1991. For her role in the telenovela Is'Thunzi, she was nominated for an Emmy Award. She's also known for her roles as Kitso Medupe in Scandal!, Nosisa in Isibaya, and Boni Khumalo in Saints and Sinners. She played as the main character in the Amazon Video short series The Underground Railroad in 2021, and she will also star with Viola Davis in Gina Prince-upcoming Bythewood's historical epic The Woman King.
She got a tiny role in the second season of Mzansi Magic soapie Isibaya in late 2014 before winning her role on Scandal as journalism student and wild child Kitso. She later appeared as Kheti in the second season of the SABC 2 adolescent drama Snake Park as a guest star.
Thuso won her first major role on television in the Mzansi Magic adolescent drama series Is'Thunzi, which premiered in October 2016, after being jobless for six months.
She portrayed Winnie, a sassy go-getter who dreams of marrying a wealthy and famous rugby player, only to have her dreams destroyed when she is deported to Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, to live with her stern aunt.
She had a panic attack while filming a rape scene for the show. She was the only African to be nominated for an International Emmy Award in the category Best Performance by an Actress in September 2017 for her portrayal as Winnie in Is'Thunzi. She made her worldwide debut in Amazon Video's historical limited series The Underground Railroad, which is based on Colson Whitehead's novel of the same name. Barry Jenkins, an Academy Award winner, directed and executive produced the series. In April 2021, it was revealed that she would star in The Woman King alongside Viola Davis, a historical epic film based on genuine events that occurred in 2021.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Kingdom of Dahomey was one of Africa's most powerful states. Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct the picture, which is based on a script by Dana Stevens, who also co-wrote Fatherhood. For her work as Cora Randall in The Underground Railroad, Thuso got a Hollywood Critics Association Award for TV Breakout Star in August 2021.
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