10 celebs that made it big after 30

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Dawn Thandeka King

Our May 2017 cover star was well into her 30s when she graced our screens by starring in shows like iNkaba, Uzalo and Lockdown.


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The afro-trap musician only had his big break when he dropped his album at 33. The album titled Isina Muva means late bloomer in isiZulu.

Patrice Motsepe

He joined the mining industry in 1997 by forming his company African Rainbow Minerals. He was 35 years old.

Oprah Winfrey

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The queen of talk only had her breakthrough talk show at 32.

Vera Wang

The renowned designer decided to venture into fashion design at the age of 40.

J.K Rowling

Before she wrote the famous Harry Potter series, she was a receptionist and researcher. The first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published when she was 32.

Samuel L. Jackson

He got his big break and real recognition when he featured in Spike Lee’s movie Do the right thing at the age of 41.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman only had his mainstream nod at 52 when he appeared in movies like Glory and Driving Miss Daisy.

Nene Leakes

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The reality star turned media personality first starred in Real Housewives of Atlanta at the age of 41.

Simon Cowell

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He became a judge on American Idols in 2002 at the age of 43.

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