'Blood & Water': Meet the cast of Netflix's South African original that will be your next binge-watch series
Evoking vibes of 'Elite', 'Gossip Girl' and even 'Riverdale', Netflix's latest teen drama 'Blood & Water' is also a mystery as one girl tries to solve a cold case from 17 years ago. 'Blood & Water' is Netflix's second South African original after 'Queen Sono'. The story is set in the surroundings of Parkhurst College, a prestigious inner-city school for elite scholars and academic overachievers. 'Blood & Water' follows the exploits of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo as she engineers her transfer to the school to investigate the 17-year-old cold case of the abducted-at-birth older sister she's never met.
Puleng meets beautiful, alluring Fikile "Fiks"’ Bhele from the nearby private school, who she believes is her sister. In her on-going search, Puleng finds an ally and assistant investigator in Wade, while also having to handle the opinionated Wendy Dlamini, who at times is a bit too "woke". She also meets Karabo "KB" Molapo, resident bad boy and high school heartthrob who is struggling to live up to his father's high expectations. Here's a closer look at the cast.
Ama Qamata is a South African actress known for her work in 'Gomora', 'Rhythm City', 'My Perfect Family', and 'Commandos: The Mission'. Qamata started acting in primary school and starred as Snow White in a school play, and the performance was so good that teachers and students alike gave her a standing ovation. Qamata plays Puleng Khumalo, the 16-year-old lead character of 'Blood & Water', who has lived in the shadow of her older sister, Phumelele's kidnapping. When Puleng thinks a girl she meets at a party could be her sister, she sets off a chain of events that disrupts many lives.
Khosi Ngema is a South African actress who makes her debut in on television with her role as Fikile "Fiks" Bhele in 'Blood & Water'. Not much is known about the young actress but fans are sure to take a liking to Ngema who plays Fikile with perfection. The 17-year-old Fikile's life is turned upside down when she meets Puleng, whose unnatural interest in her makes her wonder what the situation is. Till Puleng came into her life, she had it all — she was a star athlete with a potential Olympic career, a boyfriend who seemed perfect (albeit inappropriate), and was on the way to winning a scholarship. When Puleng's investigation interferes with her life, Fikile resorts to unsavory acts.
Thabang Molaba is a South African model-turned-actor best known for his role in 'The Queen'. Molaba was born in Bethlehem and bred in Harrismith, both are small towns and both are in the Free State and calls himself a "Free State baby". He enjoys food, working out, dressing well and loves fast cars. In 'Blood & Water', Molaba plays Karabo ‘KB’ Molapo, Fikile's friend, and ex-flame who takes an interest in Puleng when she comes into their lives. KB is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and hopes to become a hip-hop artiste.
Dillon Windvogel is a South African actor and dancer best known for his work in 'Bhai's Cafe' and 'Arendsvlei'. He plays the role of Wade Daniels, Puleng's new friend at Parkhurst College who helps her investigate whether Fikile is her sister. Wade is devoted and easily the best of people Puleng meets at Parkhurst. Of course, he also happens to be the headmistress' son and so he becomes useful in helping Puleng find Fikile's records. However, when Wade's interest in Puleng isn't reciprocated, it creates some tension between the friends.
'Blood & Water' is available for streaming on Netflix on May 20 at 12 am PST.