Zimbabweans are a talented lot. From starring in The Walking Dead, NCIS Los Angeles, Blood Diamond, Game of Thrones (yes, you read right), The Young and the Restless to Supernatual, the list is endless! Zimbabweans are in those films. We bet you don’t know half the names on this list. And that’s ok. But from today onwards, let’s celebrate the Zimbabweans that are flying our flag high internationally!
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1. Danai Gurira
Known mostly for her role in the series The Walking Dead where she plays the character, Michonne, a Zombie slayer armed with a ‘katana‘ and harboring a mysterious past, Gurira is an actress and playwright. Her plays have won several awards in Zimbabwe. Gurira has been a champion of improving the film industry.
2. Tongayi Chirisa
Tongayi, who started his career as a Detective in Zimbabwean soap called Studio 263. Later he landed a role in the South African top movie, Mr. Bones 2. His great talent saw him land roles in Hollywood where he has starred in NCIS Los Angeles, Robinson Crusoe, and others films.
3. Lucian Msamati
Hello GoT fans, you’ll love this one! Though not strictly Zimbabwean as he was not born here, Lucian Msamati, who has acted as ‘Salladhor Saan‘ in Game of Thrones, was brought up in Zimbabwe by his Tanzanian parents, a doctor and a nurse. Apart from his role in Game of Thrones, Msamati has also starred in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency andThe Legend of the Sky Kingdom.
4. Alois Moyo
Alois Moyo, who was born in Zimbabwe in 1966 is an actor known for The Power of One where he starred along such big names as Morgan Freeman. Moyo is based in Germany where he moved to in 2005. In Zimbabwe, Moyo was one of the founders of the first “black” theater group of “Amakhosi Township Square Cultural Center”. Most recently, Moyo has starred in German films Iron Sky (2012) and Rausch(2010).
5. Kevin Mambo
Though little known in Zimbabwe where he was born back in 1972, Kevin Mambo, has starred in top TV series such as Law & Order and Family Matters (1993 episode, “All the Wrong Moves”). He is however best known for his role in the serial Guiding Light in which he plays Marcus Williams, a role that won him two Daytime Emmys. He is known for starring in the Broadway production of the musical Fela! Mambo played Chancellor in Danai Gurira’s 2012 play The Convert which won several awards.