May 20, 2020

New York Film Academy (NYFA) Acting for Film alum, Natasha Thahane, stars in South African teen drama Blood and Water. The series was released on May 20, 2020 and is available to stream on Netflix as part of Netflix’s “Originals” lineup.

Netflix poster for ‘Blood and Water’

Thahane was born and raised in South Africa and graduated from NYFA’s New York City campus in 2018 after completing her 1-Year Conservatory program in Acting for Film.

Thahane has appeared in television series such as Skeem Saam, The Queen, and Lockdown, and is a brand ambassador for Garnier Fructis. Thahane now stars in her biggest role to date as Wendy Dlamini, an opinionated, “woke” high school student, in the Netflix teen drama Blood and Water.

NYFA alum Natasha Thahane as Wendy Dlamini in Netflix’s ‘Blood and Water’

The Netflix series takes place in South Africa and centers around teenager Puleng Khumalo, who transfers to the prestigious Parkhurst College after suspecting that one of the students there is actually her long lost sister, who was abducted at birth. In addition to Thahane, the series boasts a leading female cast including fresh faces Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, Cingy Mahlangu, and Gail Mabalane. The series is also directed by South African female director Nosipho Dumisa, who previously directed the critically acclaimed film Number 37.

Natasha Thahane while doing promotion for ‘Blood and Water’

Blood and Water is six episodes long and is being hailed as “the next Gossip Girl” by Glamour Magazine, so there is already hope for a season two.

Thahane recently shared the show’s trailer to her Instagram profile with the caption, “Welcome to the jungle…It’s about to get hectic.”

New York Film Academy would like to congratulate Natasha Thahane on her new starring role and encourages everyone to check out Blood and War, now available to stream on Netflix.

Please note: NYFA does not represent that these are typical or guaranteed career outcomes. The success of our graduates in any chosen professional pathway depends on multiple factors, and the achievements of NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances.