Connie Ferguson Biography | Early Life, Acting Career, Generations, Ferguson Films, Shona Ferguson
Connie Ferguson (née Masilo) is a South African-based Motswana actress, filmmaker, producer and businesswoman. She is best known for her role as Karabo Moroka on South Africa’s most popular soap opera, Generations. She has become a prominent figure in South African media throughout her career, known for her iconic presence.
Connie Ferguson was born on 10 June 1970 in Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. Her parents are Fish Masilo and Margaret Masilo, who are of Botswana and South African origin. She grew up in Lobatse, Botswana, where she attended primary and secondary school.
She initially wanted to study law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal but switched to Drama and Performing Arts after failing criminal law in her second year.
Connie Ferguson Acting Career
Connie Ferguson started her career in 1991 as a model before switching to acting with minor roles in shows like Tropical Heat and Crime Reporter. In 1994, she landed a significant role in one of Mzansi’s popular television soapies, Generations, where she played the role of Karabo Moroka, the wife of Tau Mogale.
She became one of the most loved and respected actresses in South Africa for her portrayal of Karabo, a strong and independent woman who faced many challenges and triumphs. She stayed on Generations for 16 years until 2010, when she pursued other career options. She later returned to the show in 2014 for a short term to help relaunch Generations: The Legacy. She also starred in other shows and films such as The Wild, Rockville, The Queen and Kings of Jo’burg, some of which were produced by her own company, Ferguson Films.
Connie has made numerous appearances in various advertisements. Specifically, she participated in the Ellerines campaign in 1990 and 1991, the Ultramel Custard campaigns in 1992 and 1995, Vaseline’s campaign in 1992, and Black Like Me’s campaign in 1998.
In 2013, she was a contestant in the 6th season of Strictly Come Dancing on SABC 3.
In 2011, Connie and her husband, Shona Ferguson, launched their film and television production company, Ferguson Films. The company has created numerous popular series for Mzansi Magic. Among these are Rockville, iGazi, The Gift, The Throne, The Herd, The Queen, and The Imposter. The couple frequently appears in their own productions, with Connie taking on the role of Mavis Mabaso in Rockville and the female lead in The Queen.
Connie Ferguson Awards
Cosmopolitan Magazine named Connie one of South Africa’s Ten Most Beautiful Women in 1993. She also received a PAWE Young Artist Award in 1998 and a Recognition Award and Certificate of Excellence from the South African Foundation for Excellence and Achievement in the same year.
In 2009, she won the Audience Award for Best Dressed at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) for her role in Generations. She was also nominated for the Audience Award for Best Hero/Heroine at the SAFTAs for the same role.
In 2018, she was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Drama at the SAFTAs for her role in The Queen. Additionally, she was recognized for her exceptional contribution to the local media industry at Glamour South Africa’s annual Woman of the Year gala in 2018.
Connie Ferguson Family