Award winning South African actress and model Moitheri Pheto (aka Terry Pheto) who is best known for her leading role as Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi. She was born on May 11, 1981 in Evaton, South Africa.
Terry was raised in Soweto until the age of 21 when she was spotted by casting agent Moonyeenn Lee in a theatre group in Soweto during the casting process for Tsotsi. After her debut in Tsotsi, Pheto appeared in other films such as Catch a Fire (2006), Goodbye Bafana (2007) and How to Steal 2 Million (2012).
She has also featured in several television series which includes the SABC1 drama series Justice for All (as Lerato) and Jacob’s Cross where she starred as Mbali. Terry also played the key role of Fikile in the SABC2 mini-series Hopeville, from March to April, 2009 and was later made into an award-winning film.
In addition to her appearances in South African Television, Terry was also a Hollywood actress. In 2011, 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.
Terry has also acted in the theatre productions The Toilet (directed by Bongani Linda) and The Devil’s Protest, directed by Thulani Didi.
In July 2008 Pheto was named as the new face of L’Oréal. She has also been featured in numerous magazines, including Destiny, Vanity Fair, Drum, You/Huisgenoot, Y-Magazine, Bona, Heat, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and True Love. In 2012, she won the Best Supporting Actress in the movie How to Steal 2 Million.