Pearl Thusi Biography
Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, model, radio personality, television host, and entrepreneur who is well-known in her field.
Pearl Thusi had a difficult childhood. Her father, she claims, abused her mother. She had begged her mother to leave until the day her mother died, according to her. She was 14 at the time.
She is the oldest of three children, all of whom are girls. Prunella and Pamela are her younger sisters. Peal has half-brothers and half-sisters.
Her roles include Patricia Kopong in the BBC/HBO comedy-drama series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Dayana Mampasi in the ABC thriller Quantico, and Samkelo in the romance film Catching Feelings. In 2020, she starred as the title character in Queen Sono, Netflix’s first African original series.
|Real Name:||Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi|
|Occupation:||Actress, Radio Personality, Model, Television host|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||13 May 1988|
|Place of Birth:||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Net Worth||$1.8 million|
Early life and Education
Pearl Thusi was born Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi in Kwa-Zulu Natal on May 13, 1988. Pearl is the eldest child of black ethnicity; she has two younger sisters named Prunella and Pamela Thusi.
Pearl Thusi’s mother died when she was a teenager; in many of her interviews, the actress and media personality has spoken fondly of her late mother and expressed how she wishes she could have been there to see her succeed in the entertainment industry.
Pearl attended Pinetown Girls’ High School for her secondary education and then briefly attended the University of the Witwatersrand, where she earned a B.A in Dramatic Arts.
When her career began to take up the majority of her time, she took a brief break from her studies, but returned to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Arts.
While still a teenager, Pearl started modeling, a career she took off in 2003 when she contested and finished first runner-up in the Miss South African Teens pageant at the age of 15.
This opportunity paved the way for her modeling career, as she began to appear on magazine covers, advertisements, music videos, and then on some local and international shows.
Thusi is the host of Lip Sync Battle Africa on MTV and e.tv, as well as the EbonyLife TV talk show Moments.
She has appeared as Palesa Motaung in the SABC 3 soap opera Isidingo, co-hosted Live Amp with DJ Warras and Luthando Shosha, and hosted the SABC 1 celebrity gossip magazine show Real Goboza.
Thusi appeared as Patricia Kopong in the BBC/HBO comedy-drama The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in 2009.
Thusi co-starred as Dr. Nandi Montabu in Tremors 5: Bloodlines in 2015. She also appeared in rapper Emtee’s music video for “Pearl Thusi.”
Thusi was cast as a series regular as Dayana Mampasi on the second season of the ABC thriller series Quantico, opposite Priyanka Chopra, in 2016. Thusi appeared as Brenda Riviera in the 2017 drama film Kalushi.
Thusi was cast as Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings the same year. On March 9, 2018, the film was released in theaters.
Thusi took over as the new host of MTV Base’s Behind the Story for the third season in 2018. The same year, Thusi was cast as Queen Sono in the Netflix crime drama series Queen Sono.
The series premiered on February 28, 2020, to widespread acclaim, with critics praising Thusi’s performance in particular. Netflix renewed the series for a second season in April 2020.
However, on November 26, 2020, it was reported that Netflix had cancelled the series due to production difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She co-hosted the first KZN Entertainment Awards with Somizi Mhlongo on December 15, 2020.
Thusi was cast as Zama Zulu in the Netflix film Fistful of Vengeance in February 2021. It will be released on February 17, 2022.
Pearl Thusi’s Awards and Nominations
Pearl was nominated at the SAFTAs for Best Actress in a supporting role as Samkelisiwe on Zone 14
She also got nomination as YOU Spectacular’s most stylish female celebrity.
At the Inaugural Rapid Lion Film Festival, Pearl was nominated for the category of Best Actress for her role in the film – Kalushi.
In 2015 at the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards, she was voted as one of the Coolest Female Celebrities.
Pearl Thusi dated Walter Mokoena, a sports anchor who later married one of President Jacob Zuma’s daughters. Walter is also the father of her one and only child, a girl named Thandolwethu Mokoena.
She was also romantically involved with veteran sportscaster Robert Marawa. The two were seen together on numerous occasions before confirming their relationship.
The couple got engaged in 2016, but by August 2017, Robert and Pearl had called off their engagement, which Robert confirmed in a tweet, saying:
“I can confirm that our relationship with Miss Pearl Thusi ended a few months ago, as rumor has it. We remain good friends, however.”
Pearl was rumored to be dating NBA star Serge Ibaka in 2018, after they were spotted together while she was abroad.
Pearl Thusi Net Worth
Pearl has amassed an estimated net worth of $1.8 million through her movies acting and other showbiz gigs.
- Instagram: @pearlthusi
- Twitter: @PearlThusi