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Thishiwe plays Evelyn Mandela in the 2017 BET mini-series Madiba. She stars opposite Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, David Harewood and Terry Phetho to name a few. Her international acting portfolio also includes the slavery epic mini-series Book of Negroes (2015), also starring Aunjanae Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Louis Gossett Jnr, Lyriq Bent, Fana Mokoena and Nondumiso Tembe, amongst others.

Locally, Thishiwe stars in the sensational action romance Hard to Get for which she won Best Actress at the Africa International Film Festival 2014 and Best Actress at the South African Film and Television Awards 2015. She was then nominated for Best Actress in the following year for the queer arthouse film, While You Weren’t Looking.

Thishiwe took the Best Newcomer Actress award at the Simon Sabela Awards in 2015. Most recently, she won Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2016 for her role in Akin Omotoso’s box office success Tell Me Sweet Something. She was also nominated at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for the same film, as well as the same director’s Man on Ground in 2011. The film won Best Ensemble Cast at the Monaco International Film Festival in the same year.