In today's exciting edition of historic milestones made by African talents, Thuso Mbedu is officially the first South African actress to bag a leading role in an U.S. TV series.
The 28-year-old star will be plating Cora in Barry Jenkins' The Underground Railroad, which is based on Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize winning book by the same title.
It was just yesterday when we were celebrating Palesa Mokubung's Manthso being the first-ever African fashion label to collaborate with the global H&M brand, and now Thuso has added to her name to the list of South African firsts in the world.
While other South African actresses such as Terry Pheto and Pearl Thusi have appeared on U.S. TV series Days of Our Lives and Quantico respectively, none have played the lead internationally.
And it seems Thuso is in even more disbelief than we are, as she gleefully captioned her announcement on Instagram; "I GOT THE JOB!!!! It was such an amazing process and experience. Like, true story, just prepping to audition for this role made me grow so much. It's such a blessing and honour to tell this story... Again, words fail me so I'll stop there for now."
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My thumb and neurons are failing me right now so I'll just do as most South Africans do when this happens: I GOT THE JOB!!!! It was such an amazing process and experience. Like, true story, just prepping to audition for this role made me grow so much. It's such a blessing and honour to tell this story... Again, words fail me so I'll stop there for now. Read the full article on @variety .com #chapter27 #becomingthepromise God of creation There at the start Before the beginning of time With no point of reference You spoke to the dark And fleshed out the wonder of light And as You speak A hundred billion galaxies are born In the vapor of Your breath the planets form If the stars were made to worship so will I I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made Every burning star A signal fire of grace If creation sings Your praises so will I God of Your promise You don’t speak in vain No syllable empty or void For once You have spoken All nature and science Follow the sound of Your voice And as You speak A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath Evolving in pursuit of what You said If it all reveals Your nature so will I I can see Your heart in everything You say Every painted sky A canvas of Your grace If creation still obeys You so will I - @hillsongunited
Thuso Mbedu's Hollywood milestone therefore comes after two International Emmy Award nominations for her role as Winnie on local TV drama Is'thunzi.
This SAFTA award-winning star also appears on MTV Shuga: Down South and is also reportedly working on a crime action series, which she has written.
The Underground Railroad is an 11-episode series that will premier on Amazon. Variety reported that the cast led by Thuso is also made up of Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre, will portray the story of three slaves seeking freedom.
It's safe to safe to say an Oscar nomination is well on its way for Thuso Mbedu in the not so distant future.
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