The rising star Thuso Mbedu won her first international award for her performance as Cora Randall in the Underground Railroad at the Hollywood Critic’s Association Awards that were held virtually on Sunday.
After winning the award for TV Breakout Star on Monday she announced the exciting news with her followers on Instagram, “The Underground Railroad has been an amazing journey from start to finish. I could not have asked for a better introduction to storytelling on this side of the world. I am very honoured. Truly, thank you to every single person who has walked this journey with me. You’re loved by me. Forever,” she wrote.
The Underground Railroad is a historical fictional story about Cora (Thuso Mbedu) a young black woman fighting to escape slavery on a Georgia plantation in the mid-1800s.The series will have you shedding a tear or two as there are moments where Cora endures hardship that are too difficult to watch. During conversation with Oprah Winfery, Mbedu spoke about how the role of Cora helped her in terms of healing.
Watch the Underground Railroad trailer here:
Mbedu is well known for her Emmy-nominated role as Winnie in the South African drama ‘Isithunzi’. She has won an award at the SAFTA’s for best actress and she has been featured on ISIBAYA, Isithunzi, Scandal, Saints & Sinners, as well as MTV Shuga and her success continues to grow. The actress is currently in the United States, she will be joining the Award-winning actor Viola Davis in the upcoming feature film, The Woman King. The Woman King will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who recently directed The Old Guard.