Famous Nigerian actresses in Hollywood
TOSIN ADAMS looks at actresses of Nigerian decent doing well in the US film industry
Wunmi is a Nigerian born British actress. She was born in Zaria, Nigeria and moved to Manchester, England, She has appeared in Law & Order UK, Philomena, Citadel and many others.
Ejogo is British actress and singer. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish but she was born and raised in London. Her film credits include What’s the Worst That Could Happen?, Away We Go, Sparkle, Alex Cross, The Purge: Anarchy, Boycott and Selma.
Caroline was born in England to Nigerian parents and attended boarding school in Nigeria for a while. She later on enrolled at Brunel Universities in UK to study Medicinal Chemistry but left after it was decided she was not suited for the course. She later won a scholarship to the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. She has featured in movies like Eragon, Aeon Flux and TV series, Supernatural.
Hope Olaide Wilson
Hope was born on August 16 1985 and grew up in England and Nigeria; she graduated high school at the age of 15 with honours. She is an actress and producer and has starred in movies like I Can Do Bad All By Myself, After the Dark and Faith and Dreams.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York as one of seven children to Nigerian parents. She has appeared in movies like 12 years a slave, Steel Magnolias, Pariah and others.
Megalyn was born in 1983 in Spokane, Washington to a Nigerian father and a Caucasian mother. She has starred in various movies and TV series like, The 4400, CSI Miami, House of Lies, Great Lengths and many more.
Judi is a British actress who was born to a Nigerian father. She is a model and TV presenter who resides in Hollywood. She has also appeared in various movies TV shows like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Eastenders, Garfield 2 and others.
Annie Ngozi Ilonzeh
Annie was born in Texas in 1983 to a Nigerian father and American mother. She was a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. She can be seen in movies like, He’s Just Not That into You, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, the Lightening Thief, Entourage, How I met your mother, Arrow and many more.
Enuka is a Canadian actress of Nigerian descent. She is credited as a writer, actor and executive producer. She currently stars in the Canadian drama, Rookie Blue and other TV shows like 24, Grey’s Anatomy and others.
Rakie was born in Wales to a Sierra Leonean mother and a Nigerian father. She has starred in movies and TV shows like Doctor Who, Dredd, Sahara and Silent Witness. Ayola was nominated and shortlisted for the ‘Female Performance in TV’ award in the 2006 Screen Nation Awards, for her role as Kyla Tyson in Holby City. She received Honorable Mention for the same role the following year, and was shortlisted again in 2008. In 2005, WalesOnline voted Ayola the 29th sexiest woman in Wales, saying of her: “One of our favourite thesps, she’s black, beautiful and the term “yummy mummy” should have been made for her.” She placed 40th in 2008, with the Western Mail noting: “the last 15 years have only seen Rakie become more beautiful and more successful”. Ayola placed 17th in the awards in 2009.
Sophie is the daughter of a Nigerian father and a mother who is an Ashkenazi Jew. She was brought up in her mother’s Jewish faith and was raised by her mother after her father left them. She can be seen in movies like Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees, Mrs Mandela and many more. She received a Golden Globe nomination for the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009) and the TV film Mrs. Mandela (2010). Her other film roles include Æon Flux (2005), Skin (2008) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008).
Uzo was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Bigerian parents. She graduated from high school in 1999 and attended Boston University where she studied classical voice. She is known for her role as Suzzane “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the TV show Orange is the New Black for which she won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She has also featured in movies like Pearly Gates, How to Live Like a Lady and others.