Actress Bonnie Mbuli bags role in a BBC international series

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Veteran actress, businesswoman and television personality Bonnie Mbuli is expected to return to the small-screen once again, but this time with an international role.

The former Afternoon Express presenter made it public that she has landed a role in a new BBC One series, Naughts And Crosses, which is billed to premier on the, 5 March 2020.

On Monday afternoon, Bonnie took to her social media handle and shared a video which showcased the actors and actresses who star in the series and captioned the post, “Love is never black and white. ?Noughts And Crosses. Coming to ?BBC One… with all episodes available for streaming on ?BBC iPlayer immediately afterwards.”

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The 40-year-old star first shared the good news on her social media in 2018, with the shooting set to start in the following year.

In an exclusive published in April this past year the Sunday Independent went on to report that Bonnie would play the character of Jasmine Hadley. Adding that the series was adaptated from the first book in the novel series of the same title authored by Malorie Blackman.

Bonnie has a rich history in the entertainment fratenity, her local acting career boasts having had featured in shows popular such as, Soul City, Gaz’lam, Zero Tolerance, Backstage, Rhythm City and Rockville. She has also starred as singer Dolly Radebe in the film Drum.

Meanwhile, she is not with her own ups and downs, at one time Bonnie courted controversy over coluorism. This saw her pitted in war of words with Pearl Thusi.

All hell broke loose when a hater, who called Pearl talentless and implied that she only lands top gigs because she is light skinned.

Pearl took a slam at the hater, and Bonnie waded into the war.

Bonnie posted a message, saying she sympathises with light-skinned girls going through the most.

"So when a light-skinned actress complains about the one or two roles they didn’t get because they weren’t dark enough, I’m like but the part your crying about was being the slave who gets raped and beat up in the thing, people who look like you have never had to be in that position to begin with," Bonnie wrote.

Pearl could not be cowed, as she responded to Bonnie's tweets asking about her international career and urging Bonnie to stop disseminating negative information.

"You have absolutely no clue which other parts I didn't get, but because it makes you feel better to believe my acting career is working out only because I'm light skinned. And for someone who survived depression and wrote a book about it you sure love spreading negativity," Pearl said.

-Drum


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