Blood & Water is a South African coming-of-age mystery drama television series in which a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth.
Set in the surroundings of Parkhurst College, the prestigious inner-city school for elite scholars and academic overachievers, Blood & Water follows the exploits of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo, as she engineers her transfer to the school to investigate the 17-year-old cold case of the abducted-at-birth older sister she's never met.
In the search Puleng (Ama Qamata) meets beautiful, alluring Fikile 'Fiks' Bhele from a nearby private school, played by Khosi Ngema starring in her debut role.
Joining the female leads is Thabang Molaba as Karabo 'KB' Molapo, resident bad boy and high school heartthrob who is struggling to live up to his father's high expectations.
In her ongoing search Puleng finds an ally and assistant investigator in Wade (Dillon Windvogel), while also having to handle the opinionated Wendy Dlamini (Natasha Thahane), who at times is a bit too 'woke'.
Completing the cast are Gail Mabalane, Sello Maake, Arno Greef, Ryle De Morny, Getmore Sithole, Xolile Tshabalala, Sandi Schultz, Monique Rockman and Cindy Mahlangu.
Blood & Water is produced by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer from Gambit Films. The series director is Nosipho Dumisa, with Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute serving as co-directors and writers.
The executive producers are Bradley Joshua, Nosipho Dumisa, Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute and Simon Beesley.
The original score is by Tatenda Terrence Kamera and Africa Creative Agency, with additional music by Africa Creative Agency and Africa Creative Publishing.
On Monday, 15 June 2020 Netflix announced that the series has been renewed for Season 2.
Season 1 Cast
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Ama Qamata ... Puleng Khumalo
Khosi Ngema ... Fikile 'Fiks' Bhele
Gail Mabalane ... Thandeka Khumalo
Thabang Molaba ... Karabo 'KB' Molapo
Dillon Windvogel ... Wade Daniels
Arno Greeff ... Chris Ackerman
Ryle De Morny ... Chad Morgan
Greteli Fincham ... Reece van Rensburg
Getmore Sithole ... Julius Khumalo
Odwa Gwanya ... Siya Khumalo
Cindy Mahlangu ... Zama Bolton
Natasha Thahane ... Wendy Dlamini
Mekaila Mathys ... Tahira Kahn
Sandi Schultz ... Nicole Daniels
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube ... Matla Molapo - also as Sello Maake
Duane Williams ... Mark Tedder
Shamilla Miller ... Riley Morgan
Patrick Mofokeng ... Brian Bhele
Xolile Tshabalala ... Nwabisa Bhele
Recurring / Guests
Cedwyn Joel ... Mr. Hartenburg
Elzet Nel ... Nate
Kimbeni Kalala ... Addington
Anil Sabharwal ... Jono
Andre Lombaard ... Mr. Loots
Laura Bosman ... Mrs. Joffe
Chanelle van Wyk ... Fikile's Double
Khanya Kerwath ... Onele Luthuli
Sherman Pharo ... Mr. Hendriks
Esther von Waltsleben ... Mrs. Thorne (as Ester von Waltsleben)
Francois Coertze ... Doctor
Faniswa Yisa ... Brenda Jaxah
Baby Cele ... Mrs Dlamini
Ephraim Gordon ... Promise
Liande Valentyne ... Home Affair Supervisor
Sidwell Ralitsoele ... Security Guard
Nasty C ... Zhero
Tegan Green ... Prefect 1
Melissa Nel ... Prefect 2
Marlisa Doubell ... Mrs. Ricci
Lauren Scholtz ... News Reporter
Peggy Tunyiswa ... Police Officer
Jesse Speller ... Dinner Guest 1
Vuyo Myoli ... Dinner Guest 2
Nick Pearce ... Skater 1
Zac Kruyer ... Skater 2
Amrain Ismail-Essop ... State Attorney (as Amrian Essop)
Xolisa Goba ... Replacement Teacher
Lida Botha ... Judge (as Linda Botha)