Last Wednesday Terry Pheto walked away with the Best Supporting Actress award at the prestigious UK National Film Awards in London. Terry received the award for her portrayal of Naledi Khama in the film “A United Kingdom”.
“A United Kingdom” is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighbouring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana.
This British romantic drama was written by Guy Hibbert and directed by Amma Asante.
The country celebrates her victory including celebrities like Minnie Dlamini, Nomzamo Mbatha and Pearl Thusi.
“To feature amongst the calibre of actors and actresses cast for this film and have my talent recognised by international casting agents and producers is humbling. I’ve been an actor for 13 years now and every day I work on honing my craft and becoming a better actress and to get jobs such as this one definitely proves hard work pays off,” Terry said in one of the local magazines.
The Soweto-raised actress worked with several admired actors and actresses like Rosamund Pike, Vusi Kunene and David Oyelowo and was honoured to work with so many big names.
Terry Pheto expressed her excitement and gratitude on social media with the caption “I won. I won. I won. Thank you #NationalFilmAwardsUK”
The National Film Awards was founded in 2015 and had over 3.1 million votes across several categories this year. The event took place at the Porchester Hall in London.
We’d like to congratulate Terry Pheto on this great achievement!