SOUTH AFRICA: Terry Pheto
This actress and producer is best known for her leading role as Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi, but has accomplished much more since then. Pheto appeared in other films such as Catch a Fire (2006), Goodbye Bafana (2007), and How to Steal 2 Million (2012).
She’s had film roles in award-nominated film and TV projects including SABC2’s Hopeville, The Bold and the Beautiful, Catch a Fire, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Late last year she wrapped production of roles in films A United Kingdom, about Botswana’s first president marrying a white woman in the 1940s, and a South African set drama called Cuckold.
Her latest feat: Landing the support and U.S. distribution of a film she co-produced called Ayanda, from award-winning Selma director Ava DuVernay. As awards season begins, many film critics and lovers will be looking to see if there’s an Oscar nod in the works for the film.