Biography of Pearl Thusi
BIRTH NAME: Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi
DATE OF BIRTH: 13 May 1988
PLACE OF BIRTH: kwaNdengezi, KwaZulu Natal
OCCUPATION: Television Personality and Actress
DAUGHTER: Thandolwethu Mokoena
EX-BOYFRIEND: Walter Mokoena and Robert Marawa
Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, model, television and radio personality best known for her starring role as Dayana Mampasi in the television thriller series Quantico, joining the cast in Season 2.
Early Life , Background And Childhood
Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi was born in 13 May 1988 in kwaNdengezi near Durban, KwaZulu Natal. Pearl’s career began in her early school days participating in pageants in her her “township” of kwaNdengezi, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. In high school, she continued pursuing the only door she could access to enter the industry- Modeling. She clinched titles as Miss KZN 2005, and First Runner-up in Miss SA Teen in 2003 to name a few.
Pearl Thusi Family
Born Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi in South Africa her father’s name is Bhekizizwe Thusi. Not much is known about her mother apart from that she passed on a while back. She has two sisters : Prunella Thusi and Pamela Thusi.
Pearl Thusi Daughter and Baby Father
Pearl Thusi was in a relationship with sports presenter Walter Mokoena with whom she has a daughter, Thandolwethu Mokoena.
Pearl Thusi Ex-Boyfriend
She was in a relationship with SuperSport and SABC sports journalist Robert Marawa but the two shocked their fans when Marawa confirmed of their breakup in August 2017. The actress set tongues wagging on social media in January 2018 after hinting that she has found love again. “Just when I said I couldn’t be bothered with love, I end up falling for someone bomb…” she tweeted. She has however not revealed his identity.
Pearl Thus Presenting, Acting and Modelling Career
Pearl Thusi as a model came in handy in gracing the most memorable covers of the most high profile magazines including City Press’ iMag, Blaque, Gaschette, Destiny Hair, Bona Magazine, True Love, Dossier, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Grazia and numerous editorials on some of these titles.
Her first on-screen job was as a host on iCrew, a live show on SABC3. As a host, she entertained audiences on The Real Goboza before she moved on to South Africa’s biggest music show, LiveAmp, while, simultaneously doing Tropika Island of Treasure 5, which was shot in Jamaica, as a contestant and was later asked to host the 6th iseason of the show as the host in Mauritius.
Pearl has hosted & guest presented at events for Elle, GQ, The Metro FM awards, Simon Sabela Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, South African Film & Television Awards, South African Music Awards to mention just a few. She has also hosted music festivals & other music events around the country that are just too many to mention.
Pearl roles include appearances in Zone 14, Soul City, Rhythm City, Family Bonds, Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Jacobs Cross. She’s worked on leading role on Isidingo playing Palesa Motaung. Pearl soon after gained her first lead role in a feature film, titled Kalushi – The Story of Solomon Mahlangu, (scheduled for release). She then landed two international movie roles within 6 months after that on Tremors: Bloodlines (Universal Pictures 2015) and Rosa (Germany). She more recently completed filming romantic comedy “Feelings” with famed comedian Kagiso Lediga & Akin Omotoso & is currently filming the second season “Quantico” in New York.
Her TV career catapulted a Radio career that quickly blossomed as fans woke up in the early hours to be entertained by her friend & mentor “The Real Phat Joe” and Pearl on Saturday breakfast between 05:00 and 09:00. Ever the perfectionist and hard worker, Pearl felt she needed to earn her stripes on radio she took an opening on a graveyard slot between 01:00 and 03:00 The Black Out on Sundays to hone her individual Radio charisma. Both shows were a great success.
Pearl Thusi Nominations and Awards
Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting role at the SAFTAs for her role as Samkelisiwe on ZONE 14 , the YOU Spectacular most stylish female celebrity and best female host/presenter. Voted one of the Coolest Female Celebrities at the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards in 2015, selected as one of Glamour Magazines Most GLAMOURous Women, and the Feather Awards once hailed her the Fag Hag of the year. Most recently awarded Coolest Female Personality by the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards.
The Inaugural Rapid Lion Film Festival nominated her best Actress for her captivating performance in Kalushi: The story of Solomon Mahlangu.