Mzansi screen siren Terry Pheto has jetted off to London to attend the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) taking place tonight.

Pheto is nominated for her role as Naledi Khama in A United Kingdom. She is going up against some big international names including Naomie Harris and Gemma Arterton in the category of best supporting actress.

"I'm proud and excited. I already feel like a winner. This nomination is validating enough for me.

"It's an honour to be nominated for a Bifa and to be nominated amongst some of the world's leading ladies," Pheto told Sunday World.

"This Bifa nomination for best supporting actress will forever be a highlight in my career," she said.

Pheto revealed that she was mostly looking forward to reconnecting with fellow nominee Harris. The two ladies worked together on the 2013 movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

She will walk the red carpet in a Marianne Fassler gown.

"My dress is inspired by the bold and colourful continent - Africa. I wanted a dress that will stand out and inspire. The dress is also reminiscent of something Seretse Khama wore as a child," she said.