Thuso Mbedu on the red carpet at the Emmys. Photo: Supplied

Local actress Thuso Mbedu looked gorgeous on the red carpet of the 45th International Emmy Awards in New York last night.

Mbedu, who stars in the Mzansi Magic's drama series, 'Is'thunzi' was nominated in the category Best Performance by an Actress.

The local star took to Instagram to congratulate her Anna Friel, who bagged the Best Performance by an Actress, and also thank "everyone for the support".

"Thank you to EVERYONE for the love and support and well wishes. You don't know how much it has meant. It's been a great and exciting journey. I'm excited for what tomorrow holds. I have great respect for all the wonderful women I was nominated with. Their work is so beautiful... One day I will be honored to call them my colleagues. 

Guys, the world is our oyster. There is nothing we cannot do. For me, this is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in my life. The pages are blank but I'm holding the pen and God is my author. Be encouraged. 

To my SA peers: we have no excuses! ZERO. Let's create. Let's work. Let's keep doing better. 

Congrats to Anna Friel for taking the Best Performance by an Actress #iemmy2017. (groupie moment: I'm adding a new bucket list item which is to work with Adriana Esteves 😍 So now I'm looking for someone who will tutor me in Portuguese yo🙋🏾)

The sky is the launch pad. "

Mbedu  who made her acting debut in the major recurring role of Boni Khumalo in the Mzansi Magic drama series Saints and Sinners, in  August 2014, was the youngest  and only African nominee this year's Emmys.

The local actress was up against, Brazilian actress star Adriana Esteves, British actress  Anna Friel and German film actress Sonja Gerhardt.

Mbedu was dressed in a Gert-Johan Coetzee show stopper boob tube gown with extensive ruffle designs on the skirt and a jeweled waist belt.

Thuso Mbedu. Picture: Nokuthula Mabtha.

In a tweet, Minister of Arts and Culture thanked Mbedu for flying SA flag high.

Mzansi Magic also congragulated Mbedu for " inspiring others". See the full list of winners below:

Best Arts Programming
Hip-hop Evolution – The Foundation
Banger Films

Best Performance By An Actor
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander
Left Bank Pictures/Yellow Bird/BBC/TKBC UK

Best Performance By An Actress
Anna Friel, Marcella
Buccaneer Media/Netflix

Best Comedy
Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle
Baby Cow Productions

Best Documentary
Exodus: Our Journey To Europe
Keo Films/BBC 2

Best Drama Series
Mammon Il
NRK Drama/SVT/DR/YLE FEM/Nordvision Fund

Best Non-English U.S. Primetime Program
Sr. Ávila
HBO Latin America/Lemon Films

Best Non-Scripted Entertainment
Sorry Voor Alles
VRT/Warner Bros International Television Production België

Best Short-Form Series
The Braun Beauty
Polyphon, Berlin

Best Telenovela
Kara Sevda
Ay Yapım

Best TV Movie/Miniseries
Ne M’abandonne Pas
Scarlett Production/France Télévisions