Thuso Mbedu is the only South African to receive the International Emmy Awards nominations for her role as young heroine Winnie in the Mzansi Magic drama, Is’thunzi.
The event will take place in November, at the Hilton New York hotel.
She will compete in the Best Performance by an actress category, against Brazilian actress Adriana Esteves, English goddess Anna Friel and German star Sonja Gerhardt.
Mbedu reveals she learned about the good news on Twitter.
Rapid Blue, the production company behind Is’thunzi, submitted her work for Emmy consideration.
“I found out about it this morning. Mama Thembi Mtshali-Jones congratulated me on Twitter. Then I went online to look and my name was there,” she said.
She never imagined that she would be nominated at such a young age.
“It just means one has to work harder. For this short space of time we have eyes on Soutg Africa which means then our artists, our actors in South Africa have to rise up to the occasion and show the world what we have to offer.”
— тнU§σ Mвє∂u (@ThusoMbedu) September 27, 2017