Thishiwe Ziqubu is a multi-award winning South African actress, writer, director and content producer. She stars in the international BET mini-series Madiba (2017) and The Book of Negroes (2015).
Thishiwe is best known for her role in the 2014 action romance, Hard to Get, available on Netflix. For this performance, she holds three prestigious Best Actress awards. She also holds a Best Supporting Actress award for the box office success, Tell Me Sweet Something (2015).
In 2016, Thishiwe received a Best Actress in a Feature Film nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed queer arthouse film While You Weren’t Looking.
The actress made her professional début in 2011 with the award-winning arthouse, Man on Ground, an official selection at the Toronto, Berlin and Dubai international film festivals, amongst others.
Thishiwe has graced the small screen with leading roles in hit television shows such as The Imposter, It’s Complicated, INumber Number, and Rhythm City.
She earned her stripes at the New York Film Academy, graduating in the Acting for Film course. She studied Scriptwriting and Directing at AFDA School of Motion Picture, and Producing at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking. She was also schooled in African Spiritual Science at the Kara Heritage Institute.
Director of production company, Ngonyama Kapital, Thishiwe creative produced, head wrote, co-produced and co-created the mystical realism mini-series, Emoyeni (2018), also directing and writing narratives in the four-part strand. As writer/director, she has four short films under her belt, two of which she produced. She has been writing professionally in the South African television industry since 2008.
Thishiwe is currently at work on her directorial début feature film Stellar Collision, where she also plays the roles of writer and executive producer.