Thuso Mbedu Biography

Thuso Mbedu (born 8 July 1991 in Pietermaritzburg) is a South African actress. The award-winning actress is popular both on the local and international scene. She has appeared in many television soap operas, gaining popularity for her roles as Nosisa in Isibaya, Kitsao Medupe in Scandal, and Boni Khumalo in Saint and Sinners. In 2021, she played the starring role in the Amazon Video limited series The Underground Railroad.


Thuso Mbedu was born in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal on 8 July 1991. She grew up under the care of her grandmother after losing her mother, Gladness, to a brain tumor when she was four years old. Before she was born, her parents had separated and her grandmother Thokozile was responsible for taking care of her. Thuso had no relationship with her dad until the death of her mother. Her father and grandmother passed on in 2012 and 2013 respectively. She is close to her sibling Nomalungelo Mbedu (sister).


Thuso Mbedu built the foundation of her academic pursuit at Pelham Primary School and then proceeded to Pietermaritzburg Girls High School. When she was 18, she enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand where she studied Physical Theatre and Performing Arts Management. She graduated from Wits University in 2013 with Honors. In 2012, she underwent a two-month training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York City.


In August 2014, Thuso Mbedu made her debut appearance on the screen as Boni Khumalo, a major recurring role, in Saint and Sinners, an Mzansi Magic drama series. Still, in 2014, she landed another role in season two of Isibaya where she played a small recurring role in the Mzansi Magic soap opera. After which, she played the role of Kitso on Scandal!

In September 2015, she appeared as a guest on an episode of Katch It with Khanyi, an talk show. In the following month, she was cast as Kethi, a guest role, in season 2 of Snake Park, an SABC2 teen drama.

In October 2016, she appeared on the screen playing her first starring role as Winnie in the Mzansi Magic teen drama series Is’thunzi. Her amazing style of acting in the drama series did not go unnoticed and in September 2017, she received a nomination for an International Emmy award in the category Best Performance by an Actress.

In 2017, she landed another starring role as Ipeleng in MTV Shuga and appeared again in the drama series in 2019 in Season 7 titled MTV Shuga: Down South 2.

Making her first appearance on the SABC1 soapie Generations: The Legacy, she was cast as Okuhle Cele. After a month she starred in the SABC1 miniseries Side Dish.

She landed a lead on the Amazon Prime series The Underground Railroad where she was cast as Cora.


Rumors had it that Thuso Mbedu is dating Dr. Musa Mthombeni. However, credible reports covered that she openly turned down Musa which worried the young man. Both of them have made it known to the general public that they share a relationship as friends and nothing romantic is going on between them.


It looks like Thuso Mbedu loves cars of luxury. On 14 May 2021, she shared snaps of herself standing with the keys of a very expensive car. Raising an arm to reveal the keys, the actress seemed so happy.


Thuso Mbedu has received several recognitions for her work as an actress:

DSTV Viewers Choice AwardsBest ActressNominated2017
45th International Emmy AwardsBest Performance by an ActressNominated2017
12th South African Film and Television AwardsBest Actress TV Drama on Is’ThunziWon2018
46th International Emmy AwardsBest Performance by an ActressNominated2018

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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