10 timeless female actors you love to watch
Nambitha Mpumlwana. (Photo: Gallo Images)
1. Lillian Dube
Lillian Dube aka the original Sister
Bettina has been gracing our television screens since the 1980s but become
popular for her role in Soul City – a health and developmental series that was
once aired on SABC1.
The 73-year-old actress has
featured in a variety of TV shows – from her own sitcom Skwizas, which was
created under her production company Lillian Dube Productions,
to embodying serious characters in short films like Cry the Beloved Country.
Lillian, who has openly shared her
journey, was awarded with the Golden Horn lifetime achievement award
by Saftas in 2011.
2. Connie Ferguson
While some might still remember her
as Karabo Moroka in Generations, Connie is currently taking the entertainment world
The Kimberley-born actress and
businesswoman who recently graced the cover
of Forbes Woman Africaco-owns a production company with her hubby, Shona
Ferguson Films has produced local drama
series such as Rockville, Igazi and The Queen to name a few, and Connie and
Shona have appeared in most of them.
From being an avid church-goer in
Rockville to a multi-million-rand druglord in The Queen – there is truly no
role Connie can’t slay.
3. Pamela Nomvete
The Ethiopian-born actress recently
made a huge comeback as a prison boss in the Mzansi Magic prison drama
Lockdown, after taking an acting hiatus.
Pamela, who portrays a no-nonsense
prison warden in the show, is well-known for her character Ntsiki Lukhele in Generations back in the day.
The Golden Horn award-winning actress
that she’s amended her relationship with South Africans especially after her
long, abrupt break from the spotlight.
“I am overwhelmed and completely
humbled. It's like having had an intense tumultuous relationship with someone,
then deciding to separate and then both sides having grown and worked on
themselves coming together and just falling in love all over again with just as
much passion as before, but this time with more maturity. That's me and South
Africa,” Pamela said.
4. Mary Twala
Veteran actress and mother to
entertainment star Somizi Mhlongo, Mary has had an extensive career.
From film to theatre and even
acting in the sitcom Skwizas, Mary’s experience in showbiz definitely doesn’t
The Mbokodo Awards lifetime
achievement receipient recently
collaborated with film legend Leon Schuster in his new film, Frank
& Fearless, in which she plays a devoted gogo.
5. Vatiswa Ndara
Vatiswa became well-known for her
brilliant portrayal of a single, alcoholic mother who was struggling to make ends
meet while raising her two children in a two-room shack in the drama series
The Golden Horn award-winning
actress, who released her first
book I am… Because of You, recently shocked local viewers as NomaRussia
in Mzansi Magic’s Igazi.
NomaRussia is a ruthless, cunning
jack of all trades who will stop at nothing to ensure her family gets the chieftaincy.
6. Moshidi Motshegwa
Currently playing the pillar of
strength, no-nonsense Malefu in 1Magic’s The River, Moshidi is undoubtedly a
force to be reckoned with onscreen.
The veteran actress, who once
played the devious Naomi inRhythm City, talked about her former character in an
on Real Talk.
“She will always stalk me. She is
bigger than me. She is a lot of people. I have actually had to own her and say,
'You are bigger than me. You were an energy that was needed at the time. You
spoke to spaces and places in black women's lives’.”
7. Leleti Khumalo
If you’ve ever watched Sarafina!
then you’ll understand why the name Leleti Khumalo is forever etched in the
hearts of many South Africans.
The award-winning actress became
quite popular for her lead role in the movie and stage play as a young student
Sarafina who planned a riot against the apartheid government.
Leleti, who left
Uzalo for e.tv’s Imbewu: The Seed, has a knack for ensuring her onscreen
presence is felt.
She also starred in the short film
Yesterday about a woman who lives in a rural village with her children but dies
after she contracts HIV from her husband who works in Johannesburg.
8. Florence Masebe
Florence currently stars in the first
local Ndebele series, but she hit the big time as Humbulani in
Muvhango from 2004 to 2009.
The Limpopo-born actress, who is also an
asthma sufferer, is also the executive producer and lead character in Elelwani, a
movie that gives insight into the Tshivenda culture.
9. Nambitha Mpumlwana
The Mthatha-born actress is an onscreen
powerhouse and many of her characters can attest to this.
From her role as Mawande Memela in
Generations to being Rapulana Seiphemo’s wife in Tsotsi, Nambitha continues to
grow at her craft.
The award-winning actress revealed to
DRUM earlier this year that she was also working on an international
10. Sindi Dlathu
The character Thandaza in Muvhango wouldn’t
be the same without Sindi, which is why we were stunned
when she decided to leave the role after 20 years.
She’s currently playing a conniving, rich mine
boss in The River – showing she is is still the queen of the small screen.