Mzansi Profiles! Local Thuso Mbedu Biography| Age, Education, Career, Personal Life 

Thuso Mbedu Biography| Age, Education, Career, Personal Life 

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Thuso Mbedu Biography| Age, Education, Career, Personal Life 

Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu is a South African actress. She gained recognition for her outstanding performance in the South African teen drama series, Is’Thunzi, which earned her consecutive nominations for an International Emmy in 2017 and 2018.


She was born on 8 July 1991 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, at the Midlands Medical Centre. (Age 32, as of 2023).

Mbedu’s multicultural name reflects her diverse background, with a Zulu mother and a father of Xhosa and Sotho descent.

Following the early passing of both her parents, she was raised by her Zulu grandmother in the Pelham area, who also became her legal guardian.


After attending Pelham Primary School and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, Mbedu pursued higher education at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), where she studied Physical Theatre and Performing Arts Management.

She completed her degree with honours in 2013.

In addition to her studies at Wits, she also attended a course at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City in 2012.


Towards the end of 2014, Mbedu’s acting career took off with a small role in the second season of the Mzansi Magic soapie, Isibaya.

Soon after, she landed the role of Kitso, a journalism student and free-spirited character, on Scandal!. Following this, she made a guest appearance as Kheti on the second season of the SABC 2 teen drama series, Snake Park.

After six months of unemployment, Mbedu secured her first leading role on television as the protagonist in the Mzansi Magic teen drama series, Is’Thunzi. The show premiered in October 2016, marking a significant milestone in her acting career.

In 2021, Mbedu achieved international recognition for her role as Cora in the Amazon Video historical limited series, The Underground Railroad. This marked Mbedu’s debut in an international production, showcasing her talent to a global audience.

In April 2021, it was announced that Mbedu would make her film debut in the historical epic film, The Woman King.

She was cast as Nawi, alongside Viola Davis, in a story inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful African states during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Thuso Mbedu Biography| Age, Education, Career, Personal Life 

Thuso Mbedu. Image Credit: Instagram/thuso.mbedu

Personal Life

There were rumors circulating that Thuso Mbedu was in a romantic relationship with Dr. Musa Mthombeni. However, credible reports have confirmed that Mbedu openly turned down Mthombeni and they are just friends.

Thuso also made headlines after she was also rumored to be in a relationship with American actor Jonathan Majors.

While dismissing all these rumors, Thuso Mbedu has maintained that she is single and she has no children.


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