Petronella Tshuma is a multi-award winning and nominated Actor. Born in Francestown, Botswana, At the age of five Petronella and her family moved back to their home country of South Africa.
It was in a church in downtown Johannesburg in 1997 that Petronella fell in love with performing. Her very first introduction to acting would be the adaption of the nativity stage play. As her love for stage and story telling grew, she began to perform in school plays around her neighbourhood of Yeoville, Hillbrowand Berea.
In 2001, Petronella moved to the United Kingdom. She lived in the Southwest of England in Bristol and attended Filton High School where she majored in Drama. Her final performance was the hot and feisty Carmen in the hit musical FAME. In 2008 after two years of studying acting at SWADA she received her BTECH.
In 2011 Petronella first came to public attention when she made the Top ten finalists on the second season of the SABC1 talent search Class Act. Shortly thereafter, Petronella landed her first major role on Scandal! In the same year, Petronella attended the Durban International Film – and was approached by the Director and Producer’s of the multi awarding winning film OF GOOD REPORT to play the character of Nolita which earned her a nomination at the South African Film and Television Awards for Best Actress in a feature film and her first win for Most Promising Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Thus far, Petronella has worked on a number of films, to name a few; While You Weren’t Looking, Hatchet Hour and Tokoloshewhich can be seen on Netflix alongside Of Good Report. Petronella’s latest film Clean Job is set for release this year on Amazon Prime.
She has also worked on numerous television shows such as, 90 Plein Street, Sokhulu amd Partners, Goodmen, Plintered Pieces, Isono and Rhythm City which earned her a nomination at the South African Film and Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Soap and a win for Best Actress in a Soap.
Petronella’s huge imagination and love for play as a child was the catalyst into acting. story-telling was and still is the place she feels most confident and thrives bringing life and truth to the characters she has the privilege to play.
For bookings or more information on Petronella, please get in contact with an agent at OSM Talent.