Thuso Lekwape was born in Johannesburg, but grew up with his grand parents in rural South Africa. They taught him to speak two languages, Tswana and Venda. After moving to the city he spent many of his young years in the streets learning Zulu and playing soccer. He started a street carwash for pocket money. He was also part of a dance crew and his first experience of acting was at Sunday School when he played one of the Three Wise Men. In 2006, he saw his first play at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre: Blackbird by David Harrower. He thought it was amazing but never imagined he could be involved in the art form himself.
In 2008, Thuso was given the opportunity to continue his education in Australia. He jumped at the chance, although he had only a basic understanding of English. He took up Drama in year 10 and realized that his passion for mimicking and story telling was something he could do as a career. He won the Hugo Weaving drama prize in his final year at high school. On top of his roles in NIDA’s productions he has played characters in radio, short films and plays throughout his studies.