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4 actresses who have played Winnie Mandela

2016-09-19 07:00
Winnie Mandela (Photo: Gallo)
Winnie Mandela (Photo: Gallo)

Cape Town – Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has changed the face of South Africa through her political action and her social outreach. 

September is the octogenarian’s birthday month and to celebrate her we’ve rounded up some of the best portrayals of her.

This list includes movies and TV series; featuring local and international stars. 

1. Sophie Okonedo

This London-born actress played Winnie on the small screen in a TV series called Mrs Mandela (2010) and got rave reviews.

Here’s the trailer for the series that was broadcast on the BBC:


2. Naomie Harris

This Cambridge University educated actress played Winnie in a popular film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), alongside hottie Idris Alba as the charming Madiba.

Here's the trailer:


3. Jennifer Hudson 

While American Idol alumni Jennifer Hudson’s portrayal of Winnie did not win rave reviews for her performance in this film – which was called Winnie Mandela (2011) - her song from the soundtrack was a hit.

Here’s the trailer: 


4. Terry Pheto 

The latest addition to the rooster of actresses to step into the formidable shoes of Mrs Mandela; the title of the as yet unreleased film in which she stars is Madiba (2017-) and also features Laurence Fishburne. 


-The Juice