SA actress Thuso Mbedu lands lead role in US series

Thuso Mbedu [image: Twiiter/@ThusoMbedu]

Local actress Thuso Mbedu made history on Tuesday when the world learned that she would be the star of the new American series, The Underground Railroad.

The 11 episode show will be an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Under the direction of Barry Jenkins, audiences will watch Mbedu in the lead role of Cora, the brave and rebellious heroine who was born into slavery on a plantation in Georgia.

Cora escapes the plantation on a quest for freedom through the Underground Railroad with two other slaves, Homer portrayed by Chase W. Dillon, and Cora’s love interest Caesar portrayed by Aaron Pierre.

Mbedu is well-known and loved by South African audiences for various roles such as Winnie in Mzansi Magic’s Is’thunzi, a role that earned her Emmy nominations in 2017 and 2018.

She joined the cast of Generations: The Legacy last year but left the show after only six months in July. She left the country not long after that, and now fans know why.

Congratulations, Thuso.