There is no argument that the best movie industry in the world is currently Hollywood. Thanks to the hard work of its actors which have made this possible. But the truth be told, some Nigerians also played an important role in making that dream possible. In fact, most of these Nigerians have featured in top Hollywood movies. In addition, some of them have gone on to direct different successful movies. So if you are not familiar with these actors, this post will get you acquainted to them.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is a Nigerian born British actor. His parents were Igbos and they use to stay in Enugu before they left for London. His father, Arinze Ejiofor is a medical doctor while his mother Obiajulu was a pharmacist. One of his best movies is Twelve Years a Slave.
Also born in the United Kingdom, David Oyelowo is a popular Hollywood actor of Nigerian origin. He was born on April 1976 in Oxford, England. With many awards under his name, he deserves to be considered as one of the best. He has been nominated for awards like are Critics’ Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award and Satellite Award for Best Actor.
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Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje
From his name, you would have guessed that he was born by a Yoruba parent. He obtained his law degree from King’s College in London before acquiring his Masters degree from the University of London. Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje used to be a fashion model before going into acting and his acting career has been a success. In addition, to prove his Yoruba origin, Adewale Agbaje actually spoke Yoruba in one of his Hollywood movies(Bourne Identity).
Born in England in 1979, Nonso Anozie graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama. He once played the role of William in Shakespeare`s King Lear. Also, he has featured in the blockbuster TV series “Game of Thrones”. Some of his awards include the Ian Charleston Award in 2004 for his performance in Othello. His other movies include Atonement, RocknRolla, Cass, Occupation, and Conan the Barbarian
Hakeem Kae-Kazim was born on the 1st of October 1962 in Lagos before relocating to Britain with his family. He is famous for his role in the 2004 movie titled Hotel Rwanda where he played the role of Georges Rutanganda. One special thing about him is his unique voice which he uses to captivate his audience. Some of his movies include Last flight to Abuja, Girl Soldier, Darfur, The Fourth Kind, X-men Origins, Wolverine etc.
Adetomiwa Edun is another British born Nigeria Hollywood actor. He was born in Lagos 1984 but later moved to the UK at the age of 11 years. His father is a Nigerian while his mother is reported to be a Ghanian. He played the role of Sir Elyan In the popular series “Merlin”. In addition, he became the second Nigerian to play the role of Romeo at the Globe theatre in 2009. His featured movies include Law & Order: the UK, Slaves, Messengers, and The Hour.
The first female on our list today is Sophie Okonedo. To begin with, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her outstanding performance in the movie “Hotel Rwanda”. Sophie Okonedo was born by a Nigerian father and a Jewish mother in 1968.
Gbenga Akinnagbe was born in Washington D.C, the United States in 1978. In addition to acting, he is also a professional writer. In fact, two of his articles have featured in the pages of The New York Times. He appeared first time on screen when he featured in a drama series titled “The Wire”. Then, he went on to play the role of Yinka in “Barbershop”.
Another successful Nigerian Hollywood actor is Dayo Okeniyi. He was born in Jos, Nigeria and once worked in local theatre. Some of his top movies include “The Hunger Games”, “Terminator Genisys” and NBC series “Shades of Blue”.
Caroline Chikezie is a popular actress in Hollywood of Nigerian origin. She was born in the United Kingdom in 1974 to a Nigerian family. Caroline has starred in the famous movie “Eragon”. In addition, she can speak Igbo and English language fluently.
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