After five years on soapie, actress says she needs growth.

Popular Uzalo is set to lose another actor as actress Dawn Thandeka King is set to exit.

After five years of wreaking havoc, Uzalo matriarch Dawn Thandeka King has quit SA’s loved and most watched show on the SABC 1.

King revealed to Sowetan on Monday how she had opted not to renew her contract for season seven of the show  which is watched by 10 million viewers on average.

Since 2015 when the show incepted, the 43-year-old actoress has portrayed the role of MaNgcobo. The role also scooped for her many awards as it did not only turn her into a household name.

“I didn’t renew the contract and I will not be part of season seven. However, there are things that are still being discussed by production as we had not started shooting for the new season. So what’s going to happen in the story with the character are things that I can’t share because I also don’t know what’s going to happen,” King said.

“Thanks to the audience for receiving the character for so long and loving her. I apologise to anyone that might be hurt by the fact that there might come a time that she is no more.”

Nomfundo Zondi, Uzalo publicist refused to comment on King’s exit and to reveal how the storyline will be without such a pivotal character.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have any official comment or statement on the matter,” Zondi wrote in an email.

King said she was relocating to Johannesburg from Durban for business purposes and that is what led her to quit. The new project was already lined up and would share details about it in due course she said.

“The decision of leaving is a business one because sometimes people have to grow. I’m going to miss everything about the character. I have become very fond of the role and had worked hard to create that character – putting her where she is right now,” King said.

“It’s very painful and it was not an easy decision. I’m going to miss the people that I worked with and the production itself. There is no bad blood or anything like that, it’s purely a professional move for growth.

“Everyone was like family because we have been together for so long. It’s going to be strange at first to start somewhere else and create someone new.”

While Durban is showing as a fast-growing television market, with Uzalo, Imbewu and Durban Gen filming there, King suggested that actors will always reap the most rewards in Johannesburg.

“The acting opportunities are more in Johannesburg because it’s the hub of the entertainment industry. Durban is starting to grow because more productions are starting to be filmed there, making it a growing hub for the entertainment industry,” King said.

“But it still remains that Joburg has more opportunities in terms of soapies, movies, commercials and other thing that I might need to do. Growth was needed.”

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