US-based South African actress Phumzile Sitole is one of the newest faces to join the famous Sci-Fi series Star Trek: Discovery. The news was broken on Monday and South Africans have been celebrating since. 

It’s another week and another big role for Phumzile, who continues to make waves in Hollywood. The 31-year-old Thespian made waves this week after it was confirmed that she would be one of the newest additions to a star-studded Star Trek: Discovery cast. The first episode in which she stars will air as soon as this week. Phumzile joins the cult franchise as Captain Ndoye, and South Africans will be glued to their screens when the latest episode is available for streaming this coming Friday. 

Meet Captain Ndoye

The news was first shared by the official Star Trek: Discovery social media accounts where she was announced as a new character alongside Argentine actor, Blu Del Barrio. Not only did we get to find out her character’s name but they were kind enough to share the first glimpse of Phumzile as the Captain in promotional images. Take a look:

Star Trek Fan Page Announcing Phumzile Sitole (Image Credit:


Once the news broke, Phumzile couldn’t hide her excitement from her South African fanbase as she took to Twitter to thank her fans for their messages of congratulations. She wrote on Twitter, “I guess it’s official – My favorite thing to shoot and family to be part of. The episode comes out this Thursday in the USA on CBS All Access and this FRIDAY IN SA on Netflix

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Phumzile Confirming Star Trek News (image credit:

Phumzile’s impressive acting resume

Star Trek: Discovery, now in its third season, features the likes of Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Wiseman, Michelle Yeoh, and a whole host of other familiar faces. It also includes one of the most diverse groups of actors/characters in primetime television. Blu Del Barrio is a non-binary actor while Ian Alexander is not only a trans actor in real life but also plays the role of a trans character. With gender and racial diversity across the board, it is even more encouraging to see Africa (and indeed South Africa!) represented on the cast through Phumzile’s addition.

For what it’s worth, Phumzile herself is no stranger to all-star casts. Earlier in 2020 she made headlines after she was cast in the latest season of Netflix hit drama, Orange Is the New Black where she acted alongside the show’s popular actors including Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon. 

In the past three years, she has also starred alongside Christine Baranski in CBS’ The Good Fight Denzel Washington’s Daughter, Olivia Washington in a short film titled Lostfound.