Thuso Mbedu (born 8 July 1991) is a South African actress. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the telenovela Is’Thunzi, which has been called “one of the most compelling television programmes on South African television” by Mail & Guardian. She is also played Kitso Medupe in the soap opera Scandal!, Nosisa in Isibaya, and Boni Khumalo in Saints and Sinners.She is set to star in the highly-anticipated upcoming Amazon Video limited series The Underground Railroad, and will also star alongside Viola Davis in the upcoming historical epic The Woman King, directed by Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu was born and raised in Pelham, a borough of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. She was raised by her grandmother who was her legal guardian after the passing of both her parents at an early age.When Mbedu was eighteen, she attended the University of the Witwatersrand(Wits), where she studied Physical Theatre and Performing Arts Management, resulting her graduating with an honours In 2012, she attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, USA