Nomathemba ‘Thembisile’ Matu (born 1966), also known as Thembsie Matu, is a South African actress and television presenter. She is best known for the roles in the television serials such as Tshisa, Rockville and The Queen.
Early life and career
Matu was born in 1966 in Katlehong, Gauteng, South Africa. She grew up with her mother after her father abandoned them.
In 1987, she made her professional stage debut in the play Sekunjalo. After that, she performed in the plays What A Shame (1989) and Give A Child (1989). In 1994, she entered television with the serial Mama’s Love and then in the serial Lahliwe (1999).
In 2006, she appeared in the SABC1 drama series Tshisa in the role of Nomathamsanqa. She continued to play the role for six years. Meanwhile in 2006, she acted in the SABC3 drama television serial The Lab. In the serial, she played the recurring role of Zinhle until 2008. She also joined the SABC1 mini-serial uGugu no Andile and played the guest role of “Teacher”. In 2008, she appeared on the e.tv soap opera Rhythm City in the guest role Sis Bee. During this period, she made supportive and guest roles in many television serials such as Zone 14, Gaz’lam, Home Affairs, Zero Tolerance, The Lab and Jacob’s Cross. In 2009, she acted in the comedy film Finding Lenny directed by Neal Sundstrom. After that, she joined the SABC1 sitcom Abo Mzala and starred the role of Zodwa in the second season, which was previously played by Lusanda Mbane.
In 2011, she played the role Novezake in the first season of SABC1 serial Intsika. Then in the same year, she joined the serial Soul Buddyz to play the supportive role of Mrs Vilakazi. After that, she appeared in the serial The Wild as Gertrude. In the next year, she acted in the second season of the SABC2 serial Moferefere Lenyalong as Boreng. In 2013, she appeared in Rockville as Sis Ribs, where she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama at the 2014 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA). In the preceding years, she continued to act in many television serials such as Abo Mzala, Thandeka’s Diary, MTV Shuga and Thuli noThulani. However her most popular television role came through the Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen when she played the role “Petronella”. With that popularity, she continued to play the role from season 2 to season 6 in 2021.
Apart from television acting, she appeared in the popular commercial for the insecticide Doom. In 2018, she was nominated for the Diva Extraordinaire of the year at the 2018 Feather Awards. In 2019, she co-hosted the show “Fragrance Your Life” with Nomsa Buthelezi aired on e.tv. Meanwhile, she also won the awards for the Favourite Actress and Ultimate Viewers’ Choice awards at the 2018 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards.
Husband and children
She was married to Peter Sebotsa, an Anglican minister, who died after drowning in the family’s pool in June 2019. She has one daughter and one son.
Thembsie Matu has two children – a daughter, Namosa and a son, Neo.
Thembsie Matu has an estimated net worth of around $1.5 million – $3 million.
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