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Thuso Mbedu on how she made it against all odds

By Faeza
24 February 2017

Losing a parent at a very young age is the most unbearable experience that any child

can go through. Actress Thuso Mbedu (25) says losing her mother to a brain tumour

at the age of four was one of the hardest moments in her life.

The star, who portrays the character of sassy Winnie on Mzansi Magic’s first teen drama, Isithunzi, says her maternal grandmother’s love and support helped her overcome her pain.

RAISED BY HER GRANDMOTHER

“There was not a day that my sister and I went to

bed hungry. My grandmother made sure we had

clothes and food. She was a mother to us and more.

She taught me to be strong and not to feel sorry for

myself,” she says.

Thuso’s parents separated before she was

born. The young actress says she did not have a

relationship with her biological father.

“My father did not know about me until after my

mother’s passing. My mother found out that she

was expecting me after they separated,” Thuso

explains.

It was only when the actress was 11 years old that

she met her father, who also passed on in 2012.

The KwaZulu-Natal-born actress tells Move! that her

circumstances forced her to grow up fast.

Actress Thuso Mbedu is making her mark in the

tough entertainment industry

“Losing my parents taught me to be independent

and to be a strong young woman,” she says.

However, the former Scandal! actress says she

is grateful for the role that her grandmother played

because her lessons are what moulded her to be

the woman she is today.

Losing her parents was not the only tragedy that

Thuso faced. In 2013, she lost her grandmother.

“When I got the news of my grandmother’s

passing, I was devastated. But she left us knowing

God and that was the best thing that she could have

done,” she says.

HER ROAD TO FAME

Although Thuso has been through the worst in

her life, she did not let it destroy the dream of

becoming an actress.

After passing matric, she enrolled to study

drama and performing arts at the University of the

Witwatersrand. Thuso was fortunate enough to go

into television immediately after she graduated

in 2014.

Her first big TV gig was on e.tv’s Scandal! where

she played the character of 21-year-old Kitso

Medupe.

However, the actress shares with Move! that even

though she did not struggle to get into TV, she does

not always get the roles she wants to play.

“I sometimes don’t get roles because I often get

told that I look young for my age. This can be very

frustrating because I know that I am old enough to

play the character,” she says.

Her second big role was on Mzansi Magic’s Saints

and Sinners where she played the role of Boni

Khumalo.

“Being part of Saints and Sinners was a blessing.

Working with great actors like Nthati Moshesh and

Tshepo Maseko was an honour for me. I have learnt

so much from them and there is nothing about

their presence that is intimating. They are very

welcoming,” she sa