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The award winning actress, who shined on her role as Mazet in Lockdown and MaNgcobo on Uzalo, already had the X factor on her at a tender age.

Recently Dawn Thandeka King’s daughter, Jayda, posted her mother’s pictures, showing her appreciation for giving birth to her.

She posted Dawn Thandeka old pictures from when she was still young.

It’s good to see that her trademark infectious smile was very much present in her youth.

Dawn’s road to fame was not easy, before she got her acting break, she worked a 9-5 job in the tourism industry for 10 years.

The actress told Drum Magazine that while working there, she went through depression and acting was one of the things that helped her to be herself again.

Acting has always been what I wanted to do growing up. I’m happier than ever now that I’m doing what I love. I believe that I was born to act,”

Dawn Thandeka is also an incredible mom to her 5 kids and she says she manages to find a balance.

Juggling work and family is difficult but I always choose to look at the positive side of things. I’m a mother who works hard to provide for my five children. I always stay focused on what I’m doing but I don’t allow myself to be swallowed up by it. When I spend time with my children, I make sure that it’s remarkable,”

Dawn Thandeka’s onscreen debut was in 2012 in the Mzansi Magic telenovela iNkaba, in which she played the recurring role of flirtatious, gossiping domestic worker Anele.