A look at Shona Ferguson’s most memorable TV roles [watch]

From 'Muvhango' to 'Kings of Jo'Burg', the late Shona Ferguson had many memorable roles in South African television. Here is a look.

A look at Shona Ferguson’s most memorable TV roles [watch]

South Africans were left heartbroken following the news of legendary actor and producer Shona Ferguson’s untimely death on Friday, 30 July. 

SHONA FERGUSON DIES OF COVID-19 RELATED COMPLICATIONS

Shona Ferguson, affectionately known as “Uncle Sho” was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) at Milpark private hospital in Johannesburg after experiencing breathing problems and chest pains more than a week ago. On Friday, 30 July the Ferguson family released an official confirming his death. The actor passed away due to COVID-19 related complications at the age of 47.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Mr. Shona Ferguson. He passed away at noon today (Friday 30 July 2021). Mr Ferguson’s untimely passing was due to COVID-19 related complications and not a heart operation as reported by the media,” read the statement.

Fans, followers and celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to the beloved actor who was fondly known for many popular roles on South African soapies and series. The actor and his wife, veteran actress Connie Ferguson established their own TV production company together called Ferguson Films in 2010 which serves as the production house to popular soapies Rockville and The Queen

SHONA FERGUSON’S MOST MEMORABLE ROLES

DR LEABUA ON ‘MUVHANGO’

According to IOL, Ferguson’s earliest role dates back to 2006 when he played Dr Leabua in the SABC 2 soapie Muvhango. 

“Shona Ferguson was a part of the Muvhango cast for a few years, playing the part of Dr. Leabua. We will remember him for his unmistakable dedication and passion,” said Duma Ndlovu, Executive Producer – Word Of Mouth Pictures on Muvhango’s official Twitter account. 

ITUMELENG TLADI ON ‘THE WILD’

In 2011, he played Itumeleng Tladi on the daily M-Net soapie The Wild where he starred alongside his wife.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of The Wild series star Shona Ferguson,” wrote The Africa Channel on Twitter.

JB ON ‘ROCKVILLE’

Shona and Connie starred together in Mzansi Magic’s hitshow Rockville where he played the role of Jackson “JB” Bogatsu. The soapie is produced by Ferguson Films.

Here is a look at Shona at JB. 

A post shared by SHONA FERGUSON (@ferguson_films)

ROBOCOP ON ‘THE QUEEN’

Ferguson played Jerry Maake also known as “Robocop” on The Queen who was the arch rival to his wife Connie, who played Harriet Khoza. He later exited as a cast member on the series but he and Connie served as executive producers.

SIMON ‘VADER’ MASIRE ON ‘KINGS OF JO’BURG’

In 2020 the legendary actor played the role of Simon “Vader” Masire on Netflix’s Kings of Jo’Burg. 

Here is a look at his role. 

A post shared by KINGS OF JOBURG (@kings_of_joburg)

Shona Ferguson also played the role of Alex on eTV’s Scandal, Ace on SABC 1’s Generations and Tyson on SABC 3’s Isidingo. 

Source : The South African More   

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