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South African actress Terry Pheto has joined the cast of SABC1’s The Bold and the Beautiful.

SA’s very own Terry Pheto will play the role of a South African heart surgeon in one of the country’s favourite and longest-running daytime American soapies, The Bold and the Beautiful.

Producers of the Emmy-nominated series have long wanted to include a South African character to “engage” their large South African fan base. They immediately jumped at the opportunity to cast an actress of Pheto’s calibre when it presented itself.

Due to start shooting on 13 June, Pheto’s currently in Los Angeles preparing for her recurring role as a world-renowned cardiac surgeon (Chris Barnard, eat your heart out – literally!). Unfortunately, South Africans will only get to see Pheto on their TV screens next year. However, there are rumours that SABC1 will be abridging current episodes by cutting out unnecessary scenes to catch up with where the soapie is in America.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I look forward to sharing the screen with my soapie heroines, Katherine Kelly Lang and Susan Flannery, while sinking my thespian teeth into a challenging role,” says Pheto.

“Thanks for the love and support. Much appreciated. These are exciting times:) ♥,” she told her Twitter followers after the news was revealed.

Pheto’s best known for her role as Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning film Tsotsi. She grew up in Soweto and was spotted by a casting agent at the age of 21 in a theatre group during the casting for the movie. She was named the new face of L'Oreal Paris in 2008 and has appeared in other films, including Catch a Fire (2006), Sekalli le Meokgo (2006), Goodbye Bafana (2007) and Mafrika (2008).

With the feel of the Oscar red carpet still on her feet, Pheto left SA a few months ago with a plan to follow in the wake of Charlize Theron and take on Hollywood. You go, girl – you’ve made Mzansi proud!