Matu sweeps boards on awards night

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Arts & Entertainment - Za­man­dulo Malonde mal­on­[email protected]­soblack­star.co.za

She’s caused a stir as Petronella, the cheeky maid on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen, and now, vet­eran ac­tress Them­b­sie Matu’s loyal fans have not only crowned her as their best ac­tress but as the Ul­ti­mate View­ers’ Choice award win­ner at the an­nual DStv Mzansi View­ers Choice Awards at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Though she has played sev­eral un­for­get­table char­ac­ters since join­ing the TV in­dus­try in 1995, on the late Gib­son Kente’s Mama’s Love, the ac­tress won the hearts of Mzansi when she joined The Queen as Xhosas­peak­ing Petronella.

View­ers have rel­ished her con­stant ar­gu­ments with her boss for a pay raise and her pes­ter­ing hus­band Mjeke­jeke to make enough money so they can live the high life.

Matu cred­its MamZangwa, her ma­ter­nal grand­mother, who hails from Ngcobo near Mthatha in the East­ern Cape, for her abil­ity to speak the lan­guage flu­ently while por­tray­ing many of her char­ac­ters over the years.

While Matu was aware of the ado­ra­tion her char­ac­ter on The Queen had re­ceived, claim­ing the big­gest award as the most-voted-for nom­i­nee across all cat­e­gories left her in dis­be­lief.

“I knew [fans] wouldn’t let me down on the favourite ac­tress cat­e­gory but [they] fin­ished me with the Ul­ti­mate View­ers Choice award,” she said. Matu said she would con­tinue to give her best on stage as a way of thank­ing her fans.

“I am so hum­bled by peo­ple’s love. I have no words. It still has not sunk in that I have re­ceived so much love, even from across the bor­ders of Africa, from fans who tell me they love Petronella all the way from Lon­don.”

Matu won a Diva Ex­traor­di­naire award at the Feather Awards a week be­fore her DStv win.

“These awards mo­ti­vate me to con­tinue to hus­tle as I have been do­ing all these years and show the world I love my craft and that it didn’t just hap­pen overnight.”

The ac­tress and come­di­enne is known for hu­mor­ous roles but hopes to play a more se­ri­ous char­ac­ter one day – a dream in­spired by her mother’s ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal ill­ness.

“I would like to play a woman who is so poor that it even af­fects her men­tal well­ness and in­fuse that with my own hu­mour so that, even though the story is sad, peo­ple still can’t help but laugh.

“My own mother once suf­fered men­tal ill­ness but we didn’t no­tice for the long­est time be­cause she was al­ways a funny per­son, even when she was OK,” she said.

Matu is the se­cond win­ner of the DStv Ul­ti­mate View­ers Choice award after Mthathaborn for­mer Our Per­fect Wed­ding pre­sen­ter Them­bisa Mdoda took the first award in 2017.

VIEW­ERS’ PICK: Them­b­sie Matu scooped the Ac­tress of the Year and Ul­ti­mate View­ers Choice awards at the DStv Mzansi View­ers Choice Awards last week

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