Mary Twala is a South African actress who has had an extensive career as an actress, performing in roles in film, television and theatre.
Her film career includes such international films as Mapantsula, Sarafina!, A Love in Africa, Malunde, Dr Lucille, Nyaka-Nyaka, Ngaka, Deliwe, Friends, Game for Vultures, Taxi to Soweto (for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award), Waati, Science Classic and Score.
Her television career includes performances in many South Africa productions including Undenzani Melwane, Iqhawe, Die SonKriel, Hlala Kwabafileyo, Soul Buddyz, Child Of Soweto, Khululeka, Yizo-Yizo, SOS and Muvhango.
She won Best Comedy Performer awards for her performances in Hlala Kwabafileyo and Molo Fish.
In 2007 she appeared in the supernatural mini-series Ubizo (The Calling), for SABC1. She played the role of Ma Dolly, Amos' sobriety counsellor, in the SABC2 mini-series Hopeville, from March to April, 2009.
In 2010 she starred as MaKhambu in the SABC2 sitcom Skwizas, which she reprised in later seasons.
Mary is the mother of choreographer Somizi Mhlongo.