Jessica Nkosi: Thando from the Queen, where is she now?

Jessica Nkosi, the celebrated South African actress known for her roles in ‘Isibaya’ and ‘The Queen,’ has had a remarkable journey in the world of entertainment. While she captured the hearts of many fans with her on-screen presence, her life has also been a subject of curiosity. So, what has she been up to lately?


Jessica Nkosi was born on 20 January 1990 in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. Her journey into acting began when she enrolled in the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a law student but later switched to drama and performing arts, completing her degree in 2012. This shift marked the beginning of her exciting acting career.

Nkosi gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of Qondi Ngubane in the popular Mzansi Magic telenovela, ‘Isibaya.’ Her character, a sweet and innocent young woman who rises to become the queen of the Zungu clan, resonated with audiences and propelled her to stardom.

She graced the screens of ‘Isibaya’ for seven years, cementing her place in South African television.

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Not one to limit her talents, Nkosi explored other acting opportunities. In 2015, she starred as Eve in the Mzansi Magic drama series ‘Ayeye,’ which revolved around the lives of friends working at an advertising agency in Johannesburg.

In 2017, Jessica Nkosi expanded her horizons by venturing into television presenting. Alongside her ‘Isibaya’ co-star, Nomzamo Mbatha, she co-hosted the BET show ‘A-List,’ providing audiences with a fascinating glimpse into South African entertainment, including celebrity interviews, fashion trends, and entertainment news.

In 2020, Nkosi joined the cast of ‘The Queen,’ a popular South African telenovela, where she portrayed the character Thando Sebata, a ruthless drug dealer and the daughter of a crime boss.

Her remarkable performance in this role earned her the Outstanding Female Villain award at the prestigious Royalty Soapie Awards in 2021.

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Apart from acting and television presenting, Jessica Nkosi also dabbled in music. In 2019, she showcased her musical talent by releasing a single titled ‘Uzobuya,’ featuring collaborations with DJ Tira, Joocy, and Prince Bulo.

On the personal front, Jessica Nkosi’s life has been a topic of interest. She is married to Ntokozo “TK” Dlamini, a fellow actor, known for his role as Mastermind on the popular soap opera ‘Uzalo.’ The couple have a daughter named Namisa Dlamini, born in 2018.

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Throughout her career, Jessica Nkosi has received numerous accolades and recognition for her outstanding performances. She notably received the Outstanding Female Villain award at the Royalty Soapie Awards for her role in ‘The Queen.’

However, Nkosi’s journey hasn’t been without its share of challenges.

She was once in the spotlight for a fallout with her former best friend and co-star, Nomzamo Mbatha, allegedly due to a romantic involvement with Idols winner Khaya Mthethwa, who had previously been in a relationship with Nomzamo.

Despite the controversy, Nkosi continues to shine in her career.

As a celebrated actress, television presenter, and musician, she continues to inspire and entertain audiences. Her influence extends beyond the screen as a brand ambassador for various products and companies, making her a prominent figure in South African popular culture.

With her career trajectory on an upward path and her unwavering commitment to excellence, Jessica Nkosi’s journey will undoubtedly continue to be closely followed and celebrated by fans and admirers alike.