Uzalo and Lockdown actress Dawn Thandeka King tormented by demons, decides to become a sangoma

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SHE is known for evoking different emotions on viewers for her villain roles on SABC1’s Uzalo and Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown. Multitalented TV personality, Dawn Thandeka King (40), says this comes so easily for her as she often borrows her emotions from past experiences to make the characters real.

BATTLING WITH DEPRESSION

The married mother of five has battled with depression in the past and says as she brings these characters to life, she finds healing.

“I was diagnosed with bipolar and depression in 2005 after losing close relatives and facing other hardships,” she recalls.

It was only when she started going through counselling that she could explain what was really going on with her. She says the experience has empowered her to help others through motivational talks. “You need professionals, people who won’t judge you. But your loved ones still need to know what you are going through and their support is also needed,” she advises.

WINNING THE BATTLE

Even though Dawn won’t share details of what led to her depression, she admits that she was in a dark place. She says not confronting her demons made her struggle even harder. Having won the battle, she says she will one day write a tell-all book.

“I’ll only do it when I feel mature enough, maybe when I’m 60. I’m in the beginning of my career and I feel like if I were to write a book now, I’d only be telling half of the story,” she says.

PLAYING A VILLAIN

She says even though she got healing through a series of meetings with a psychologist, playing a villain does help her wrap up the things counselling couldn’t.

The actress plays MaNgcobo on Uzalo and she also played MaZet on Lockdown. Both characters are fierce women who would do anything to get their way.

“I get to confront some of my demons when I act out various scenes, and then I get to move on and find my own solutions,” she says.

ON HER CALLING

The actress is also a practicing traditional healer. She says she had to slow down when she started her acting career, and moving to Durban made it even more difficult for her to practice.

Even though she doesn’t get to practice on a regular basis like she used to, the traditional healer says she still makes time for people who are in need of her services.

“I’m called to heal people and I’ve never stopped. Even when I’m singing or acting, people get healed,” she says.

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