This spring, rising star actress Thuso Mbedu will star as the lead role of Cora in Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad, making her the first South African leading woman of a US television series. The limited series is based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which the Oscar-winner Jenkins adapted and directed. Joel Egerton and Aaron Pierre serve as Mbedu’s co-stars in the series.
An established actress in South Africa, Mbedu was nominated for her 2nd International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in 2018 for her breakout performance on the series Is’Thunzi. She wo