Born May 11, 1981 Terry Pheto is a South African actress. She made her debut in Tsotsi and rose to fame through her role as Miriam in 2005’s Tsotsi, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Television series she has acted in include the SABC1 drama series Justice for All (as Lerato), Zone 14 (as Pinky Khumba) and Jacob’s Cross, as Mbali. Pheto played the key role of Fikile in the SABC2 mini-series Hopeville, from March to April, 2009.
The series was later made into an award-winning film. In 2011, after leaving South Africa to try her luck in Hollywood, she landed a recurring role of a heart surgeon, Dr. Malaika Maponya, on the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She was the subject of an episode of the Nicky Greenwall-hosted documentary series The Close Up, which aired on e.tv and the eNews Channel in 2012. In the same year she was a featured subject in the first episode of the second season of the SABC1 reality series Play Your Part, aired on 9 July 2012. In 2010 she was a guest judge on the SABC1 reality competition Class Act, in the “Film Noir” episode.