Thuso Mbedu is a South African actress best known for her role as Kitso Medupe on the e.tv soapie Scandal!, The Underground Railroad and Is'Thunzi (2016).
Date of birth
She was born on July 8, 1991.
Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu was born and raised in Pelham, a borough of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Her mother passed on due to a brain tumour when she was 4 years old. She was raised by her grandmother as her mother had separated with her father before she was born. Her granny’s name was Thokozile, while her mother was called Gladness.
Thuso did not have a relationship with her father until when her mother passed on. Her father passed on in 2012 and shortly after that in 2013, her grandmother was laid to rest. Thuso has a sister, Nomalungelo Mbedu, that she is very close too.
Thuso went to Pelham Primary School and attended Pietermaritzburg Girls High School. When Mbedu was eighteen, she attended the University of Witwatersrand, where she studied Physical Theatre and Performing Arts Management, resulting her graduating with an honours. In 2012, she attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, USA
For a while now, the public has been speculating that Dr. Musa Mthombeni is Thuso Mbedu boyfriend. The speculations intensified after Dr. Musa disclosed on his Twitter page that his mother had proposed marriage to Thuso on his behalf. Thuso later explained that she and Dr. Musa are good friends who are not involved in any romantic relationship. She added that she is not married and does not have a child. Further details about her love life have not yet been established.
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Thuso made her screen acting debut in the major recurring role of Boni Khumalo in the Mzansi Magic drama series Saints and Sinners, in August 2014. She reprised her role the following year in Season 2.
In late 2014 she had a small recurring role in the second season of the Mzansi Magic soapie isiBaya, before landing her higher profile role as journalism student and wild child Kitso on Scandal!.
On Monday, 21 September 2015, she was a guest (with Phila Mazibuko) on an episode of the e.tv talk show Katch It with Khanyi, in which Khanyi predicted her rise to future stardom. One month later she had a guest role as Kheti on the second season of the SABC2 teen drama series Snake Park.
Thuso landed her first starring role in television in the Mzansi Magic teen drama series Is'thunzi, which premiered in October 2016. In the series she played Winnie, a sassy go-getter who dreams of marrying a rich and famous rugby player only to have her dreams dashed when she is exiled to go live with her strict aunt in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.
In September 2017 she was nominated for an International Emmy award in the category Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Winnie in Is'thunzi.
In 2018 she received a second nomination for the role.
On Wednesday, 25 July 2018 she debuted on SABC1 soapie Generations: The Legacy, in the role of Okuhle Cele, Sphe (Pearl Monama) and Fana's (Duma Mnqobi) gutsy, social media loving cousin.
In April 2019 Thuso was announced as the lead on the Amazon Prime series The Underground Railroad, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Colson Whitehead. She plays Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who escapes her prison via The Underground Railroad.
Thuso got nominated to the International Emmy Award in September 2017. This was for her role of Winnie in the South African soap opera Is’Thunzi. She was nominated in the category of Best Performance.
In September 2018, she was nominated for the same award for starring as Winnie in the 2nd season of the same show that airs on Mzansi Magic Drama. The content of the show is relatable across the world because it addresses social issues such as violence and rape.
Social media following
She is very active on her Instagram page as she has approximately 846k followers.