Thapelo Mokoena joins hit UK series 'Bulletproof'

Actor Thapelo Mokoena has scored a big international role.
Actor Thapelo Mokoena has scored a big international role.
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Just months after lighting up screens on local series-gone-global Trackers, Thapelo Mokoena has joined the cast of hit UK drama Bulletproof.

The star confirmed the news in a social media post on Monday, sharing his excitement with fans.  

“The cat is out the bag. It’s our time! I am incredibly grateful and proud to be part of this amazing UK series special. I'm forever grateful for this incredible journey in the arts. Mission Take Africa to the World is well in progress,” he wrote.

Thapelo will star alongside Ashley Walters, Noel Clarke and Vanessa Vanderpuye in the series. It's about two cops trying to navigate the streets of East London (East London overseas, not the one by the sea, neh?)

The series has been compared with film series Bad Boys and Thaps cheekily joked that “the Bad Boys of the UK are in SA!".

The role comes just months after Thapelo starred in Trackers, adapted from the best-selling book by SA author Deon Meyer.

The series was aired locally on M-Net and will screen in America and Germany in the coming weeks.

Speaking to The Sunday Times last year, Thapelo said it was time for SA talent and stories to make their mark on the world.

“We have so many stories to tell that go beyond the usual stories of Mandela and the like,” he said. “What about the story of 'Baby Jake' Matlala or Miriam Makeba? What about Jomo Sono, who left his wedding to help Orlando Pirates win a football match? These are all interesting stories begging to be told.”

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