05 September 2017

Terry Pheto wins big at the IARA

South African actress, Terry Pheto won Best Actress – TV/Drama 2017 for her role as Winnie Mandela in the BET miniseries Madiba, at the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA) held in London.

In Madiba, Terry acts alongside Emmy Award-winning actor, Laurence Fishburne who stars as Nelson Mandela in the BET three-part, six-hour miniseries. While shooting the series Terry said it was an honour for her to play Winnie Mandela as she is one of her heroes.

This was also a milestone for South Africa to have one of their own actors to play a leading role in representing their historical icons in an international production.

Terry also took home the Best Actress 2017 award for her role as Naledi Khama in A United Kingdom. She was nominated in three categories, the third being Best International Actress 2017.

The Best International Actress 2017 award went to Nigerian actress Nse Ikpe-Etim for her role in Tess. Also from Nigeria, Adekunle Kosoko took home the Best African Artist award and Iku Chucks taking the Best UK Afrobeats Artist award.

South Africans were super proud of Terry who has been collecting international accolades, flying the country's flag high abroad. They took to social media do congratulate her. The minister of Art and Culture joined in, in congratulating Terry for reaching yet another international milestone.

The IARA Awards recognises and celebrates the exceptional work of extraordinary positive role models who have excelled within their respective industries.

Terry, who looked stunning on the night of the awards shared a few photos and thanked everyone for the love.

Thulile Gama