Most Successful African Actresses in Hollywood

Benu Mabhena

Benu Mabhena was born in London, UK. While she can trace her acting development to the US, the actress’s bloodline lies in Zimbabwe, where her parents and most of her siblings were born. Her family spent a lot of time on the move, settling in various times in Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.


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The US government at some point offered the country asylum, and they settled in San Francisco. This is where the young Benu Mabhena would live throughout her teenage years.

From an early age, it was clear that Mabhena was in love with performance art. She would do impressions and tell stories to those around her. As she grew older, she veered more into poetry, writing and reciting poetic pieces. Her credentials were solidified when she attended Diablo Valley College and participated in theater. After college, she chose to live in Southern California and pursue her acting dreams, landing a role in Blood Diamonds (2006). She has also appeared in Night Walkers and Princess.