Netflix Announce Their Newest African Series: Savage Beauty

12 April 2022, South Africa
: Netflix’s newest African series, Savage Beauty draws viewers into a world of beauty, secrets and revenge. The series is set to launch globally on Netflix on 12 May, 2022.

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Produced by Quizzical Pictures and created by Lebogang Mogashoa, Savage Beauty stars Rosemary Zimu as Zinhle, a mysterious young woman with a tragic past who single-mindedly pursues revenge for a hellish crime committed  by a powerful family, the Bhengus. The family matriarch and patriarch – Grace and Don Bhengu (played by award-winning actors Nthati Moshesh and Dumisani Mbebe) who rule their beauty empire and family with an iron fist, become increasingly ruthless as they try to unmask an enemy who wants to see their life’s work reduced to ashes. 

The series’ talent roster includes South Africa’s most accomplished actors, and cameo appearances from Terry Pheto, Sarah Langa, Trevor Stuurman, Loyiso Gola, Thando Hopa, Kefilwe Mabote and Lasizwe to name a few. 

Savage Beauty is directed by Rea Rangaka, Denny Miller and Thati Peele, and executive produced by Harriet Gavshon, Lebogang Mogashoa and Nimrod Geva.  

Cast & Crew

Rosemary Zimu – Zinhle Manzini  

Nthati Moshesh – Grace Bhengu

Dumisani Mbebe – Don Bhengu

Nambitha Ben-Mazwi – Linda Bhengu 

Angela Sithole – Thando Bhengu

Jesse Suntele – Phila Bhengu

Oros Mampofu – Ndu Bhengu

Mpho Sebeng – Bonga Selepe

Slindile Nodangala – Gogo Simphiwe 

John Ncamane – Calvin ‘Kolobe’ Mamabolo

Production company: Quizzical Pictures 

Writers: Lebogang Mogashoa (head), Neo Sibiya, Nelisa Ngcobo

Directors: Rea Rangaka, Denny Miller, Thati Peele 

Executive producers: Harriet Gavshon, Lebogang Mogashoa, Nimrod Geva

Synopsis: Fifteen years ago, Don and Grace Bhengu tested a toxic product on a group of children living on the streets. Now one of the two survivors, Zinhle Manzini, returns to seek revenge. Zinhle becomes the invisible force that exposes family secrets, leading the Bhengus down a path of destruction. But innocent people get hurt along the way, while Zinhle’s own darkness threatens to consume her.  Zinhle has to decide whether she wants justice or pure, cold revenge.

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