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Pearl Thusi’s profile: Biography, age, career, net worth

Pearl Thusi is one of the most celebrated and accomplished personalities in the Mzansi entertainment industry. She is an actress, model and presenter, who has gained much recognition not only in South Africa, but internationally as well. Her career aside, she is a mother of two beautiful girls.

Pearl Thusi

In the film, Pearl Thusi is most recognised for her role as Patricia Kopong in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, a BBC/HBO comedy-drama series. She has also appeared in several other movies and series such as Quantico, Catching Feelings, and Queen Sono.

Full name Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi
Gender Female
Date of birth 13 May 1988
Place of birth KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Age 35 years (at time of publishing)
Zodiac sign Taurus
Nationality South African
Ethnicity Black
Religion Christianity
Height 5-foot-4 (163cm)
Weight 54kg
Hair colour Black
Eye colour Dark brown
Father Bhekizizwe Thusi
Sexual orientation Heterosexual
Relationship status Single
Occupation Actress, model and presenter
Net worth $1.8 million
Social media accounts Instagram Twitter
How old is Pearl Thusi?

She was born Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi on 13 May, 1988 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. At the time of publishing, Pearl Thusi’s age is 35 years and her star sign is Taurus.

Pearl Thusi

Who are Pearl Thusi’s parents? The actress’s father is called Bhekizizwe Thusi. Unfortunately, her mother passed away when she was a teenager.

In several interviews, Thusi has expressed her fondness for her late mother and wishes she was still alive to see her thrive in the entertainment industry.

Pearl Thusi’s siblings

Pearl is the eldest of three children. She has two younger sisters called Prunella and Pamela. Growing up, the actress did not have an easy childhood. She has on numerous occasions shared details of how her father abused her late mother.

As a result, she promised herself that she was never getting married to a black man, as she thought they were the problem. However, now an adult, she has admitted that not all black men are abusers and has taken back her statement about not marrying one.


She went to the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, to study for a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. However, she stopped studying when she started having a breakthrough in her career. She, nonetheless later, went back to school to finish her degree.

What is Pearl Thusi’s height?

The Queen Sono star stands at 5-foot-4 or 163 centimetres and weighs about 54kg. Her eyes are dark brown and her hair is black.


Pearl Thusi is an actress, model, and media personality. Her career in modelling began when she was 15 years after she became second in the Miss South Africa Teens pageant. Since then she has modelled on adverts, music videos and on local and international shows.

Between 2011-2016 she was a presenter at Live Amp, a music programme on SABC1 and worked briefly on Real Goboza. She has also made great use of her massive following on social media to advertise for brands such as Black Rose.

Pearl Thusi’s movies and TV shows

The Mzansi actress landed her first known gig when she played the role of Patricia Kopong in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, a BBC/HBO comedy-drama series. Her second acting role was on Isidingo, where she played Palesa Motaung. She finally got an international role as Dayana Mampasi in the ABC thriller, Quantico. She also appeared in other films such as Tremors 5: Bloodline, Catching Feelings and The Scorpion King: Book of Souls.

Relationship history

Since coming into the limelight, Pearl has openly dated some celebrities in SA. Her first notable relationship was with Walter Mokoena, a sports news anchor and talk show host. She has also been romantically linked to rapper Da Les, Quinton Jones, Robert Marawa, and Serge Ibaka. Currently, she has maintained her relationship status away from the public.

Pearl Thusi’s children

Does Pearl Thusi have a daughter? The Quantico actress has two daughters. The first is Thandolwethu Mokoena, who is her only biological daughter and adopted Okuhle Thusi in 2019.

Who is Pearl Thusi’s baby daddy?

Walter Mokoena is the father of Pearl’s daughter. The two were seeing each other in the early 2000s when the model was starting her career. The two welcomed their daughter in 2007, but, unfortunately, they did not work out as a couple. They are still on good terms and are co-parenting.

Pearl Thusi and DJ Zinhle

In 2022, Pearl and DJ Zinhle were the talk of the town after rumours rose they were no longer on good terms after being best friends for years. This came after a clip surfaced in September 2022 of Zinhle snubbing the mother of two. Both Pearl and Zinhle however maintained that there is no bad blood between them.

How much is Pearl Thusi worth?

The Mzanzi actress has made a fortune from her career in film, as a model and presenter. As of 2023, Pearl Thusi’s net worth is $1.8 million.

Without a doubt, Pearl Thusi is one of the most talented and hardworking South Africans in the entertainment industry. The Mzansi nation recognises her for representing her country well on international platforms.

Source: thesouthafrican

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