Thuso Mbedu wins TV Breakout Star award for The Underground Railroad

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Thuso Mbedu.
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  • The Underground Railroad actor Thuso Mbedu won the award for TV Breakout Star at the Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards on Sunday.
  • "I am truly honoured. Truly. Thank you to every single person who has walked this journey with me," Thuso said in an Instagram post.
  • Thuso will join Academy Award-winning actor Viola Davis in the upcoming feature film The Woman King, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.


South Africa's Thuso Mbedu won the award for TV Breakout Star at the Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards on Sunday.

Due to the rising number of positive Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Critics Association made the switch from an in-person event to a virtual one. 

30-year-old Thuso, from Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, bagged the award for her portrayal of Cora in the Amazon Prime series, The Underground Railroad

Sharing the news with her followers on Instagram, Thuso wrote: "The Underground Railroad has been an amazing journey from start to finish. I could not have asked for a better introduction to storytelling on this side of the world. 

"I am truly honoured. Truly. Thank you to every single person who has walked this journey with me. You're loved by me. Forever."

Thuso, who currently resides in the US, will join Academy Award-winning actor Viola Davis in the upcoming feature film The Woman KingThe Woman King will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who most recently directed The Old Guard.

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