Phumzile Sitole Orange is the new black

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South Africa’s Phumzile Sitole to star in new season of Orange is the New Black

One of our own is making it big in America!

Phumzile Sitole Orange is the new black

(Twitter / @phumzilesitole)

One of our own is set for global superstardom. Phumzile Sitole has landed a recurring role in Orange is the New Black, as the show enters its sixth season.

The 28-year-old will appear in nine episodes of the prison-based comedy-drama, which returns to Netflix on Friday 27 July. She will make her debut in the second episode.

What is Phumzile Sitole’s role in Orange is the New Black? 

She will be playing the part of Antoinetta Kerson – otherwise known as Akers – who is a new inmate at the jail.

The show revolves around Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), a usually law-abiding citizen who was convicted of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend ten years ago.

OITNB has drawn critical acclaim for its representation of same-sex relationships and gender-fluid performers. It’s also bagged Golden Globe and Emmy awards during its five-year run.

Who is Phumzile Sitole?

Her acting chops are nothing short of spectacular. She may be a new name to viewers across the globe, but Phumzile has entertained American audiences in CBS’ The Good Fight, where she plays the recurring role of Sharise.

South African viewers will remember her as Rethabile Mothobi, from Rights of Passage. She has earned theatre degrees from both the University of Cape Town and New York’s Columbia University.

She’s also well-versed in performing the plays of William Shakespeare. Her resume reveals she’s had turns as both Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff while treading the boards in the Big Apple.

Now a resident of Brooklyn, NY, Phumzile’s career looks set to skyrocket from this point. It’s not clear what impact her character will have on the show, but we’re backing “Akers” to take the world by storm. You go, girl!