Pearl Thusi

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Pearl Thusi
Born Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi
(1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 30)
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Other names The Real Black Pearl
Occupation Actress, model, MC, radio personality, TV personality, businesswoman
Years active 2003–present

Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi (born 13 May 1988) is a South African actress, model, radio, and television personality, known for her portrayal of Patricia Kopong in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Dayana Mampasi in the ABC thriller Quantico and Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings.


Currently, she is the host of Lip Sync Battle Africa on MTV and, as well as talk show Moments, on EbonyLife TV. She has starred on the SABC 3 popular soap opera, Isidingo, as Palesa Motaung, co-hosted Live Amp with DJ Warras and Luthando Shosha, the SABC 1 celebrity gossip magazine show, Real Goboza.[1]

In 2015, she co-starred in Tremors 5: Bloodlines. She also appeared in a music video entitled "Pearl Thusi" by Emtee.[2]

In 2016, Thusi was cast in a series regular role as Dayana Mampasi on the second season of the ABC thriller series Quantico.[3][4] In the same year, Thusi was cast as Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings.[5] The film was released in theaters on March 9, 2018.[6]

In 2017, it was alleged that Thusi's internet talk show, The Right To Vote formed a part of the ANC political party's "Black Ops" election campaign. Co-ordinated in a central "War Room", the campaign aimed to promote pro-ANC sentiment in the media during the run-up to the 2016 local government election in South Africa.[7]

In 2018, she became the new host of the third season of MTV Base's Behind the Story.



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Tremors 5: Bloodlines Dr. Nandi Montabu Direct-to-video
Einfach Rosa: Wolken über Kapstadt Nandi TV movie
2017 Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu Brenda Riviera
Catching Feelings Samkelo
Kalushi Brenda Riviera
2018 Scorpion King: Book of Souls Tala Direct-to-video
2019 The Blue Mauritius Makeda Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Patricia Kopong Episode: "Beauty and Integrity"
2011–2016 Live Amp Co-host
2012 Real Goboza Co-host
2013 Isidingo Palesa Motaung
2013 Tropika Island of Treasure Host
2015 Moments Co-host
2016–2017 Lip Sync Battle Africa Co-host
2016–2017 Quantico Dayana Mampasi Main role
2018–present Behind the Story Host


  1. ^ "Pearl Thusi - TVSA". 
  2. ^ "Emtee Pearl Thusi". YouTube. January 26, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (12 July 2016). "'Quantico' Casts Pearl Thusi As New Series Regular For Season 2". Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "South African Actress Pearl Thusi Joins 'Quantico' Cast as Series Regular - Her Stateside Debut". 12 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Stidhum, Tonja (June 19, 2017). "LAFF 2017: 'Catching Feelings' Starring Pearl Thusi Navigates the Journey of Sex, Marriage, & Love". The South African. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  6. ^ Andersen, Nic (February 28, 2018). "Catching Feelings: South African release date, cast and latest trailer". The South African. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  7. ^ Comrie, Susan (January 24, 2017). "Inside the ANC's "black ops" election campaign". AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 

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