Choma Queens: 5 South Africans making it big in Hollywood

We all have dreams. Some are small or big, while others may seem impossible. Luckily, there are people who achieve seemingly impossible dreams every day and they might be more close to home than you think! Here are 5 South African Queens who believed in their dreams and ended up taking the local and international streets by storm.

Thuso Mbedu


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Thuso was nominated for an International Emmy Award for her role as Winnie in the telenovela Is’Thunzifor the category Best Performance by an Actress, not once but twice.  Her nominations must have given her quite a bit of recognotion in Hollywood because she recently landed a lead role (as Cora) in a Hollywood series called “The Underground Railroad”.

Pearl Thusi


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Pearl has been in the spotlight for a while as a TV host, radio personality, model and actress. She had her big Hollywood break when she played Dayana Mampasi on the American hit series Quantico.

Sasha Pieters


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Sasha is a 23 years-old actress from Johannesburgwho relocated to Los Angeles in 2001. She is best known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis on the American series Pretty Little Liars. She has also starred in films like The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, X-Men: First Class, and many more.

Lesley-Ann Brandt


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Lesley-Ann was born in Cape Town. She first starred in a couple of New Zealand television series before getting her Hollywood break when she landed the role of Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. She has also appeared in popular American shows like Luciferand Single ladies. 

Charlize Theron

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This list would be incomplete without Charlize Theron. If you didn’t know Choma, she is a South African born actress and producer from Cape Town. Her talent was recognised when she first played the role in the Hollywood film “The Devil’s Advocate” back in 1997. She has won various awards, received some accolades and she is the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project which helps fund programmes that help young South African people (Choma being one of them!).

If you even had a slight thought about giving up your dreams today, I hope these ladies have inspired you not to. Most of these ladies have come from difficult backgrounds and kept dreaming anyway. They followed their passion and worked hard towards achieving their dreams. You can also achieve any goal you set your mind to, don’t ever forget that! 

Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message,a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).