Themsie Times has been in the South African film and television industry for more than three decades. She featured in her first movie, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, in 1986. She is widely recognized in the country for playing the role of Maria Zibula on 7de Laan, a SABC2 soap opera.
The veteran actress is also religious and spends most of her off-screen time in church. She got saved in 1986 after quitting alcoholism and has never strayed back. Below is Themsie Times biography.
- Full name: Thembisile Times
- Date of birth: 22nd September 1949
- Themsie Times age: 70 years
- Gender: Female
- Nationality: South African
- Profession: Actress
Themsie Times early life and family
The actress was born on 22nd September 1949. Themsie Times home town is Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. She is the youngest of the seven Themsie Times siblings. She moved to Johannesburg when she was 17 years to pursue her dream of acting. The actress still lives in Johannesburg, and she has three children and several grandchildren.
Themsie Times career
She started her acting career in the 1980s. She has been in several Themsie Times movies, including the following.
- Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986) as Nurse
- African Express (1990) as Switchboard Lady #2
- Dangerous Ground (1997) as BlackHooker
- Stander (2003) as Shebeen queen
Themsie Times TV shows include the following:
- 7de Laan Season 1 as Maria Zibula
- Generations Season 1 as Guest star
- Isithembiso Season 2 and 3 as Thenjiwe
- Isipho Season 1 as Gogo Nqobile
- Madam & Eve Season 1 and 2 as Nurse 1
- Shadow Season 1 as Mrs Maleka
- Yizo Yizo Season 1 as Ma Jordan
Themsie Times alcohol addiction
In a 2013 interview with Move!, the veteran actress revealed that she was an alcoholic for some years as a young girl. She decided to quit in 1986, accepted Jesus as her saviour, and has remained sober ever since.
In September 2012, she was involved in an accident where her Audi Sedan collided with a BMW. In the Themsie Times car accident, she only sustained minor injuries and was then treated.
It is because of veteran actors and actresses like Themsie Times and the late Mary Twala that the film and television industry in South Africa is doing well. They set a good pace for the new generation to take over.
Briefly.co.za reported in July that a number of SABC television shows halted production after several cast and crew members tested positive for Covid-19. The SABC shows that stopped production include YoTV, Generations: The Legacy, 7de Laan, and Muvhango. Other TV shows that had shut down production include Skeem Saam, Scandal!, Rhythm City, and The River.
Most shows like Skeem Saam resumed production after meeting all the required health protocols. Gomora’s Siya Xaba had revealed that it is difficult to shoot some scenes due to the need for social distancing among the crew and cast members.