|Thuso Mbedu Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||July 8, 1991|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Thuso Mbedu is a South African actor, director, and writer who gained critical acclaim with her roles as Winnie Bhengu in the television drama series Is’Thunzi and as Cora Randall in the fantasy historical drama limited series The Underground Railroad. Her other on-screen credits include shows and movies like Scandal!, The Woman King, Saints and Sinners, Shuga, Isibaya, Generations: The Legacy, Snake Park, and Side Dish.
Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu
Midlands Medical Centre, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
She divides her time between –
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Los Angeles, California, United States
Thuso Mbedu studied at Pelham Primary School and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School. After that, she got enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and studied Physical Theatre and Performing Arts Management. She graduated with honors in 2013. Additionally, while studying at the University of the Witwatersrand, she received the university council merit scholarship as well as a New York University summer program scholarship.
In 2012, she also attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.
Actor, Director, Writer
- Siblings – She has an older sister.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
57 kg or 125.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Thuso Mbedu is of Xhosa and Sotho descent on her father’s side and has Zulu roots on her mother’s side.
Thuso Mbedu Facts
- Her parents died when she was young and Thuso was subsequently raised by her maternal grandmother in the Pelham area. Also, her grandmother became her legal guardian after her parent’s demise.
- Thuso Mbedu was 4 years old when her mother died from a brain tumor.
- Between 2015 and 2017, she brought to life the character of Kitso Medupe in the soap opera Scandal!.
- From 2016 to 2017, she played the lead role of Winnie Bhengu (a sassy go-getter who dreams of marrying a rich and famous rugby player but is exiled to go live with her strict aunt in Bergville) in the television series Is’Thunzi. This performance won Thuso Mbedu the South African Film and Television Award for “Best Actress TV Drama”. She was also twice nominated for the International Emmy Award in the “Best Performance by an Actress” category in 2017 and 2018.
- She suffered a panic attack during the filming of a r*pe scene for Is’Thunzi.
- Thuso Mbedu made it to the “Forbes Africa 30 under 30” list in 2018.
- She was cast in the recurring role of Ipeleng in the drama series Shuga from 2017 to 2019.
- In 2021, she co-starred as Cora Randall in the Amazon Prime Video fantasy historical drama limited series The Underground Railroad.
- For her role in The Underground Railroad, Thuso Mbedu received a Hollywood Critics Association TV Award for “TV Breakout Star”, Gotham Award for “Outstanding Performance in New Series”, and Independent Spirit Award for “Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series” while she was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for “Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie”, TCA Award for “Individual Achievement in Drama”, Hollywood Critics Association TV Award for “Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie”, and Black Reel Award for “Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series”.
- Alongside Viola Davis, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu co-starred as a strong-willed girl named Nawi in the 2022 American historical epic film The Woman King. Inspired by the true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, the film is about the Agojie (the all-female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th to 19th centuries).
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