The SA Film and TV Award-winner bagged the nomination for her role in the hit drama series and will go up against actresses from Germany, Brazil and the UK in the category of Best Performance by an Actress.
She’s become a major influencer among millennials and was recognised in the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list in June.
Mbedu took to Twitter to share her excitement.
Earlier this year, the 27-year-old actress opened up about her struggles to land gigs in the early days, with many talent agencies not keen on taking her onto their books because she lacked experience.
But she persevered through the rough patches and eventually landed the role on Is’thunzi that ultimately lead to both nominations.
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“I was down for the longest time and my sister was helping me pay my rent. I wasn’t meeting my bills and eventually had to apply for a loan at the bank, so when I auditioned for Is’Thunzi, I did so like it was my last audition ever. And it paid off. I finally had work again,” she said in an interview with IOL.
She’ll be hoping this year’s awards ceremony won’t be a repeat of 2017, when she lost out to British actress Anna Friel, but irrespective of what happens on 19 November, we’re still damn proud of her!