Thuso Mbedu | Early Life, Career & Gossip

Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu is a charming and quite successful South African actress making huge waves all over the movie industry. Aside from being gorgeous, she is one incredibly talented actress and dancer who is making the black community proud on every step.

However, while the way she looks undoubtedly contributes to her ever-increasing popularity, it is something else that captivates both the industry professionals and viewers alike – her astonishing and mind-bending acting skills.

Her reckless looks ensured she made her appearance in quite a few movies, television series, and several soap operas, where she earned recognition and got all eyes on her. Let’s discuss her early life, career, and the hottest gossip around.

Early life

Born on July 8th, 1991, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu became an orphan when she was just a toddler due to her parents passing away too early. Left with only her grandmother as her legal guardian, Thuso lived a turbulent life before she was able to make a name for herself.

It was not before she was 23 that she managed to get her first TV debut. Unfortunately, her grandmother passed away before that. She attended Pietermaritzburg Girls High School as a fresher and moved to the University of the Witwatersrand when she was 18.

After finishing Performing Arts Management and Physical Theatre, she attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, USA. In 2012, things finally started working out for the better for the young actress when she was finally offered a small role in Scandal, where she portrayed a wild child and a Journalist student.


In 2014, Thuso received an offer for her first minor but serious role in the second season of the Mzansi, Magic soapie Isibaya. After living without a single job offer for more than six months, Thuso finally got back on her feet in 2016 when she was offered to appear in the teen drama series Is’thunszi.

She finally managed to get some spotlight on her by appearing in the Amazon Video historical limited series The Underground Railroad, which was her international debut as well. After that, she started appearing in a lot of TV shows and movies.

Her filmography includes the following titles:

  • Since 2014: Saints and Sinners as Boni Khumalo
  • 2014: Isibaya as Nosisa
  • 2015-2017: Scandal! as Kitso Medupe
  • 2015: Snake Park as Khethi
  • Since 2016: Is’Thunzi as Winnie Bhengu
  • 2017: Shuga as Ipeleng
  • 2021: The Woman King alongside Viola Davis

Thuso Mbedu relationships

When it comes to the personal life of Thuso Mbedu, rumors were spreading all around about her relationship with Dr. Musa Mthombeni. However, after a while, the actress finally put an end to the controversy by coming up to the media and making it clear that they are just good friends and nothing more.

At the moment, the rising star is single and has no ongoing affairs whatsoever. There were also many questions about her sexuality due to alleged rumors that she was into females, but she discarded those allegations as well.

In the news

Thuso’s favorite hobbies are traveling, acting, and training. She loves visiting Australia and Maldives, and her favorite color is orange. Her net worth ranges between $1 million and $5 million, and she has a sister named Masentle Noma Lungelo Mbedu.

Her horoscope sign is Cancer, and she is a Christian by religion. She is a two-time International Emmy Award Nominee and has around 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 331.5k followers on Twitter.

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