Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu scores her second award for her role in ‘The Underground Railroad’. Image via Twitter @ThusoMbedu

‘Extremely humbling’: Thuso Mbedu bags award at Gotham Film Awards

Emmy-nominated actress Thuso Mbedu is celebrating her second award for her role as Cora in ‘The Underground Railroad’.

Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu scores her second award for her role in ‘The Underground Railroad’. Image via Twitter @ThusoMbedu

One of Mzansi’s star actresses, Thuso Mbedu is adding another award to her cabinet. The 30-year-old actress was honoured at the 31st annual Gotham Film Awards for her role as Cora in Barry Jenkins’ historical series, The Underground Railroad. She says the award is extremely humbling and encouraging.

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The Gotham Film Awards acknowledges groundbreaking independent films and television series’. According to organisers, a Gotham Film Award is one of the leading honours for independent film and television. 

Several on-screen stars were nominated for awards including English actress Olivia Coleman, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Coolidge. 

South Africa’s very own Thuso Mbedu was nominated for outstanding performance in a new series for her role as Cora in The Underground Railroad. Mbedu tied for the award with American actor Ethan Hawke.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate she shared that she woke up to a bunch of missed calls from her manager only to be told the exciting news. 

“Thank you so much Gotham Awards. It’s extremely humbling and encouraging,” she wrote.


Since appearing on The Underground Railroad Thuso Mbedu has had the world’s eyes on her. Her powerful role captured the entire world’s attention. She acted alongside the likes of Aaron Pierre, Joel Edgerton and Chase Dillon

Mbedu earned herself several nominations and she won the TV breakout star award at the Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards in August, beating out American actresses Elizabeth Olsen, Kate Winslet and Euphoria actress Zendaya. 

She was also nominated for a Television Critics Awards in the individual achievement category.


The Emmy-nominated actress is gearing up for her next role in the upcoming film The Woman King starring How to Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis. The film will feature three other South African stars, Seputla Sebogodi, Thando Dhlomo, and Masali Baduza who made her debut in Noughts & Crosses in 2020.  

The film is set to be released on 16 September 2022. 

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