Terry Pheto biography: age, boyfriend, background, net worth, awards

Terry Pheto (born Moitheri Pheto; 11 May 1981 in Mahikeng) is a South African businessperson and actress. She rose to prominence for playing Miriam in the feature film Tsotsi.

She grew more popular in 2008 after becoming the new face of L’Oréal S.A. The today celebrated actress started in the streets of Soweto.

In the beginning, she was able to work with theatre groups located within the country. She has managed to break the limit and appear in productions featuring other stars. 


Terry Pheto biography
Terry Pheto is a celebrated actress best known for playing Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi.
NameMoitheri Pheto
Born11 May 1981 (age 40 years)
NationalitySouth African
OccupationActress, businessperson
Years active2005-date
Net worth$1million – $5 million


She was born on 11 May 1981 in Mahikeng, the capital city of the North West province of South Africa. She lived in Soweto with her family until she was twenty-one.

Moonyeenn Lee, a casting agent in a theatre group, spotted her during the casting process for Tsotsi.


She has appeared in many films including Catch a Fire and Sekalli le Meokgo in 2006, Goodbye Bafana in 2007, and Mafrika in 2008. 

Terry also landed several roles on television screens including the SABC1 drama series Justice for All as Lerato.

She was cast as Pinky Khumba in the South African television drama series Zone 14. In the SABC2 broadcast South African television drama series Jacob’s Cross, she was cast as Mbali.

Terry has also landed roles in several theatre productions including The Toilet and The Devil’s Protest.

The celebrated actress was named the new Face of L’Oreal in July 2008. She has also appeared in many magazines including; 

  • Destiny
  • Vanity Fair
  • Drum
  • You/Huisgenoot
  • Y-Magazine
  • Bona
  • Heat
  • Elle
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Marie Claire
  • True Love

She was cast as Fikile, the key role, in the SABC2 mini-series Hopeville (March-April 2009). She appeared as a guest judge on the Class Act, an SABC1 reality competition in 2010.

Terry has also appeared in Hollywood after she left the country. In 2011, she was cast as a heat surgeon in The Bold and Beautiful, an American soap opera.

In 2012, she Terry a featured subject in episode one, season two of SABC1 reality series Play Your Part.

Personal Life

She dated DJ Sbu and their relationship lasted for a year (2009-2010). News24 reported that Terry Pheto and her fiancé IT mogul, Masande Peter, would get married in December 2019.



  1. Tsotsi -2005
  2. Catch a Fire – 2006
  3. Day and Night – 2006
  4. Goodbye Bafana – 2007
  5. Mafrika – 2008
  6. The Bold and The Beautiful – 2011
  7. How to Steal 2 Million – 2012
  8. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – 2013
  9. Cuckold – 2015
  10. A United Kingdom – 2016
  11. Madiba TV series – 2017

TV Shows

  • Class Act as Guest Judge
  • Hopeville as Fikile
  • Isibaya as Martha
  • Jacob’s Cross as Mbali
  • Madiba as Winnie Mandela
  • Play Your Part as Herself
  • Rockville as Dudu Bogatsu
  • The Close Up as Herself
  • The Search: E! Host South Africa as Judge / Mentor
  • Tonight with Trevor Noah as Guest
  • Zaziwa as Herself
  • Zone 14 as Pinky Khumba


She has been honored with several awards including;

  • Africa Movie Academy Awards – Best Actress in a supporting role.
  • 2012 Golden Horn Award – Best Supporting Actress in the film How to Steal 2 Million.

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