Thuso Mbedu

Actress Thuso Mbedu. Images via Instagram @thuso.mbedu

Thuso Mbedu: Rising South African actress making global waves

Experience the captivating talent of award-winning actress Thuso Mbedu redefining storytelling with her compelling performances on screen.

Thuso Mbedu

Actress Thuso Mbedu. Images via Instagram @thuso.mbedu

SA actress Thuso Mbedu has catapulted to fame through her role in the South African teen drama series Is’Thunzi. Notably, her outstanding talent earned her back-to-back International Emmy nominations in 2017 and 2018. Mbedu’s star power didn’t stop there, she also secured a coveted spot on the 2018 Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list, solidifying her status as a rising young talent in the entertainment industry.

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With one prestigious win and three nominations already to her name, Thuso Mbedu’s trajectory promises an exciting journey in the world of entertainment. As she continues to captivate audiences both locally and internationally, it’s worth delving into the details of her career and the potential that lies ahead for this dynamic go-getter.


Full nameThuso Nokwanda Mbedu
Date of birth8 July 1991
Place of birthPietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Age32 years (At the time of this publishing)
Zodiac signCancer
NationalitySouth African
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBlack
MotherSibongile Mchunu
Social media accountsInstagram Facebook X


She was born on 8 July 1991 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. As of this writing, she is 32 years old and her star sign is Cancer. Unfortunately, her parents died while she was young, thus, she and her sister Noma Mbedu were raised by her grandparents.

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Mbedu matriculated from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School. From her LinkedIn, she is a 2013 graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Physical Theatre and Performing Arts. She also pursued her education in film and drama at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.


In 2016, Thuso Mbedu embarked on her acting journey in the Mzansi Magic drama series Is’thunzi. It was a remarkable start to her career, and her dedication yielded significant recognition. This, according to Thuso Mbedu’s IMDb, received an Emmy Award nomination in 2017 for her role in the series.

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Beyond her breakthrough role, Mbedu continued to shine in various television projects, taking on characters such as Kitso Medupe in the soap opera Scandal!, Nosisa in Isibaya, and Boni Khumalo in Saints and Sinners. Her impressive acting journey commenced in late 2014 when she joined the cast of the second season of the soapie Isibaya, and since then, she has graced both the big and small screens with her talent in numerous films and TV series.

As per Briefly News, Mbedu has been the recipient of several awards including:

  • South African Film and Television Awards in 2018
  • Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards in 2021
  • Independent Spirit Awards in 2022


The renowned actress has maintained her personal life away from the limelight. As expressed in a tweet in 2022, she said that she was not married, and does not have any children.


With a substantial online presence boasting 1.5 million followers on Facebook, 2.4 million on Instagram, and 572,000 on X, Thuso Mbedu actively engages her fans across various platforms. Her social media feeds reflect a passion for travel, having gone to multiple destinations like Paris, Dubrovnik, and Thailand.

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In addition to her globetrotting adventures, Mbedu offers glimpses into her luxurious lifestyle, often cruising in opulent cars with the likes of Porsche and Mercedes Benz. She also maintains a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, frequently sharing glimpses of her gym sessions with her dedicated followers.

Thuso Mbedu has emerged as a formidable force in the entertainment industry, captivating audiences with her compelling performances. With a meteoric rise in her acting career, she not only demonstrates exceptional talent but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring actors, solidifying her status as a prominent figure in the world of film and television.