Netflix’s first African original features Zimbabwean actress

By Tatenda Marwodzi

Hilarious, seductive and action-packed, Queen Sono, Netflix’s first African original promises to keep viewers glued to their television screens.

The film centres around Sono, played by Pearl Thusi, a female spy with a troubled childhood, who takes viewers on a roller coaster ride as she completes top secret missions while dealing with dysfunctional relationships in her personal life.

With a predominantly female cast, the film will showcase strong female characters the likes of Abigail Kubeka, Kate Liquorish, Enhle Maphumulo, Connie Chiume and Zimbabwe’s very own Chiedza Mhende.

Chiedza Mhende plays an agent alongside Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren and Sechaba Morojele. Mhende is not new to viewers’ television screens as she once played a transgender, on South Africa’s popular soapie Generations, the first-ever woman to play a man on the show.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Chiedza moved to South Africa in 2006 to study theatre before being featured in live performances such as “The quiet violence of dreams”, “Waiting for the barbarians” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” just to mention a few.

She rose to fame when she played outspoken Wandile the son of an elite businessman who later transitioned into a woman.

With her track record of exceptional acting, she will not disappoint on Queen Sono. Queen Sono premiers on Netflix on February 28.

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