African talent to watch

Africa is coming out as the dark horse in the international film industry, with the likes of Charlize Theron and the Netflix favourite My Octopus Teacher snagging Oscars from the very best the world has to offer. The continent’s world-class talent does not stop there, though. 

Look out for this exceptional African talent from the world of stage and film

Djimon Hounsou

  • Country: Benin 
  • Profile: Blood Diamond, Fast and Furious 7 In America, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, The Cradle of Life and more

Lesley-Ann Brandt

  • Country: South Africa 
  • Profile: Known for her part as Mazikeen in Lucifer

Edi Gathegl

  • Country: Kenya
  • Profile: Known for CSI Miami, Twilight, and X-Men: First Class 

Benu Mabhena

  • Country: Zimbabwe
  • Profile: Known for Blood Diamond 

Peter Mensah

  • Country: Ghana
  • Profile: Avatar, The Incredible Hulk

Danai Gurira

  • Country: Zimbabwe
  • Profile: Black Panther, The Walking Dead, Law and Order and more 

Sasha Pieterse-Sheaffer

  • Country: South Africa
  • Profile: X-Men: First Class (2011) and Good Luck Chuck (2007) and the hit Pretty Little Liars

Pearl Thusi

  • Country: South Africa
  • Profile: Quantico and Queen Sono

Thuso Mbedu

  • Country: South Africa
  • Profile: The Woman King (How To Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis’s new film)

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