She is one of Mzansi’s finest. The seasoned actress has been wowing Mzansi’s for decades. The epitome of black doesn’t crack; she features with younger actresses in Bona Magazine’s issue, acknowledging female actresses killing it. She is one beautiful melanin queen who has the flair to go with it.
We can all agree that Thembi Mtshali unmatched is out of this world. The 70-year-old renowned South African actress is currently playing
MaNdlovu on etv’s Imbewu.
The seasoned actress was born 7 November 1950, KwaMashu, Durban. The 71-year-old has seen her acting career spanning for decades, and she has capped it with accolades.
Growing up, her family dreamed that she would be a nurse one day, but things went south, and the actress fell pregnant and had to drop out of school. However, to make ends meet, she had to drop out of school and secure a job.
Like other season actresses who didn’t wish to join acting, she found herself making all sorts of headlines after being cast as a domestic worker in one of Mzansi’s drama series. Her stardom saw her taking her arts serious. She spreads her wings into music, and she becomes a star sensation. A few years later, she had toured around the globe.
She has bagged several awards recently, including the Living Legend Award from the KwaZulu Natal Province and City of Durban. In 2002 was a finalist in the Tribute Achievers awards.
In 2004 she made all sorts of headlines when she was nominated for an international Emmy. This award came from the backdrop of her stellar performance on Stokve
She was a nominee for the Golden Horn award for the best-supporting actress in a TV comedy two years later. In 2010, she was nominated for the Golden Horn award for the Best Actress in a TV comedy.
Thembi received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and 2015, presented by Culture Trust and the City of Durban.
With her illustrious career spanning decades, one would wonder how much does the star actress takes home. In recent years actors have been paid depending on various factors such as time on scenes, experience and role prominence. For her MaNdlovu role, the seasoned actress is paid R60 000 per month.