Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi (born 13 May 1988) is a South African actress, model, television host, and radio personality. Thusi is known for her portrayal of Patricia Kopong in the BBC/HBO comedy-drama series.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Dayana Mampasi in the ABC thriller Quantico and Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings. She has an upcoming lead role as Queen Sono in the Netflix crime drama series Queen Sono .
Thusi is the host of Lip Sync Battle Africa on MTV and e.tv, as well as the talk show Moments, on EbonyLife TV.
She has starred on the SABC 3 popular soap opera, Isidingo, as Palesa Motaung, co-hosted Live Amp with DJ Warras and Luthando Shosha, the SABC 1 celebrity gossip magazine show, Real Goboza.
In 2009, Thusi starred as Patricia Kopong on the BBC/HBO comedy-drama, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
In 2015, Thusi co-starred in “Tremors 5: Bloodlines.” She also appeared in a music video entitled “Pearl Thusi” by Emtee.
In 2016, Thusi was cast in a series regular role as Dayana Mampasi on the second season of the ABC thriller series Quantico.
In the same year, Thusi was cast as Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings. The film was released in theatres on March 9, 2018.
In 2017, Thusi starred as Brenda Riviera in the drama film, Kalushi.
In 2018, Thusi became the new host of the third season of MTV Base’s “Behind the Story”. In the same year, Thusi was cast in the lead role of Queen Sono on the Netflix crime drama series Queen Sono. The series will premiere on February 28, 2020.