Nigerian Talent

by mrekechukwu | created - 16 Feb 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Actors/Actresses of Nigerian Heritage

1. David Oyelowo

Actor | Selma

David Oyelowo also known as 'David O', is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.

David ...

2. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor, writer and director Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things...

3. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda (2004).

Okonedo was born within London in 1968. Her parents were Henry Okonedo (1939-2009) and Joan Allman. Her father was British Nigerian, ...

4. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor | Lost

Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...

5. Michael Obiora

Actor | Tomb Raider

Michael Obiora was born in North-West London to Nigerian parents.

After starting drama classes aged seven. He was soon encouraged to join an agency by his drama teacher. He then joined another drama group at nine years of age, and within a year, landed a part in the hit children's' school drama, '...

6. Genevieve Nnaji

Actress | Road to Yesterday

Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing ...

7. Uzo Aduba

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in "Translations of Xhosa" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in "Coram Boy". She was...

8. Gbenga Akinnagbe

Actor | The Taking of Pelham 123

Gbenga Akinnagbe was born on December 12, 1978 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), Edge of Darkness (2010) and The Savages (2007).

9. Dayo Okeniyi

Actor | Run Sweetheart Run

Dayo Okeniyi (Pronounced: Die-o Okay-nii-yii) began performing on the stage in elementary school. In 2003, Okeniyi, the youngest of five siblings, moved from Nigeria with his family to the The United States. His father, now a retired customs officer and mother, a British literature teacher, were ...

10. Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

From Blockbusters to the prime time small screen, Hakeem Kae-Kazim has made his impact in the world of entertainment and has worked alongside many industry greats. This talented actor gained international notoriety for his wonderful portrayal of George Rutugunda in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel ...

11. Nikki Amuka-Bird

Actress | Jupiter Ascending

Amuka-Bird was born in Nigeria, but grew up in the UK and in Antigua. She abandoned her dancing aspirations after suffering a back injury. After attending LAMDA, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst on tour with the RSC in Japan, she met her husband, actor Geoffrey Streatfield. In ...

12. Wunmi Mosaku

Actress | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Wunmi Mosaku was born on July 31, 1986 in Zaria, Nigeria as Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku. She is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Philomena (2013).

13. Cyril Nri

Actor | This Life

Cyril Nri was born on April 25, 1961 in Nigeria as Cyril Ikechukwu Nri. He is an actor, known for This Life (1996), Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and Tale of the Mummy (1998).

14. Chris Obi

Actor | American Gods

Chris Obi is an actor and director, known for American Gods (2017), Star Trek: Discovery (2017) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).

15. Caroline Chikezie

Actress | Æon Flux

Caroline Chikezie was born on February 19, 1974 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Æon Flux (2005), Eragon (2006) and The Double Deal (2014).

16. Nonso Anozie

Actor | Cinderella

Nonso Anozie was born on May 28, 1979 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Cinderella (2015), Conan the Barbarian (2011) and The Last Legion (2007).

17. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

18. John Boyega

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

John Boyega is a British actor, known for playing Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), before attaining international recognition for his work ...

19. Ashley Madekwe

Actress | How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Ashley Madekwe (born 6 December 1983) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as call girl Bambi in the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge and the witch Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.

Madekwe was born in South ...

20. Tracy Ifeachor

Actress | Doctor Who

Tracy Ifeachor was born and raised in the sea-side city of Plymouth in Devonshire, England. After being crowned Senior Verse Speaking Champion of the South-West at the age of 15, Tracy was keen to go to drama school to study acting but her father, a Professor of Electronic engineering, an ...

21. Carmen Ejogo

Actress | Selma

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the ...

22. Jimmy Akingbola

Actor | Spectral

Jimmy Akingbola leads the cast alongside Brenda Blethyn in Kate & Koji (2020), a six-part comedy series from ITV. He was also seen in Most Dangerous Game (2020) for Quibi in which he featured alongside Liam Hemsworth and Christopher Waltz.

Next, Jimmy will take a key role in Ted Lasso (2020) for...

23. Arinzé Kene

Actor | The Pass

Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber in both theatre and screen, Arinze Kene's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business.

Kene was born in Lagos, ...

24. Tomiwa Edun

Actor | What Happened to Monday

Tomiwa Edun was born in 1984 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is known for his work on What Happened to Monday (2017), Cinderella (2015) and Merlin (2008).

25. Obi Abili

Actor | 21 Bridges

Obi Abili is an actor, known for 21 Bridges (2019), Forgotten Man (2017) and Tula: The Revolt (2013).

26. Eke Chukwu

Actor | Election Night

Eke was born and raised in south-east London. His parents are both of Nigerian origin. Eke attended various Youth theatres as a teen, namely the London Bubble Theatre where he learned a few craft basics and developed his passion for performance. In pursuit of an acting career, he was awarded a ...

27. Okorie Chukwu

Producer | Hood Chronicles

Okorie Chukwu is an actor and producer, known for Hood Chronicles, Hood (2011) and Zoe and the Astronaut (2018).

28. Anthony Ofoegbu

Actor | Moonfleet

Anthony Ofoegbu is an actor and writer, known for Moonfleet (2013), Bad Day (2008) and Dead Room (2001).

29. Ramsey Nouah

Actor | Last Wedding

Ramsey Nouah was born on December 19, 1970 in Lagos, Nigeria. At 20, he was starting out as an aspiring musician prior to heeding a friend's advise to take a stab on acting. At 21, he audition and instantly won the role of Jeff in an on-coming Nigerian television soap opera, Fortunes. By the age of...

30. Desmond Elliot

Director | Disguise

Desmond Elliot is an actor and director, known for Disguise (2018), Lagos Cougars (2013) and Knocking on Heaven's Door (2014).

31. Peter Bankole

Actor | Peaky Blinders

Peter Bankole is an actor, known for Peaky Blinders (2013), Clique (2017) and River (2015).

32. Annie Ilonzeh

Actress | Peppermint

Annie Ilonzeh was born on August 23, 1983 in Grapevine, Texas, USA as Annie Ngosi Illonzeh. She is an actress, known for Peppermint (2018), Person of Interest (2011) and Arrow (2012).

33. Chukwudi Iwuji

Actor | Designated Survivor

Chuk Iwuji was born in Nigeria in 1975. When he was ten his parents began working for the United Nations Organization and moved to Ethiopia, sending their son to a boarding school in England. He got in to Yale University to major in Economics but was interested in acting and joined the university's...

34. Chu Omambala

Actor | Doctor Who

Chu Omambala is an actor, known for Doctor Who (2005), Masterpiece Classic (1971) and Treasure Island (2012).

35. Mercy Ojelade

Actress | Incendiary

Mercy Ojelade is an actress, known for Incendiary (2008), Outlander (2014) and Ezra (2007).

36. Adelayo Adedayo

Actress | Unlocked

Adelayo Adedayo is an actress, known for Unlocked (2017), Some Girls (2012) and Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016).

37. Nina Sosanya

Actress | Love Actually

Born in London, with a Nigerian father, Nina trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and gained A-levels in Performing Arts. Soon she was appearing as Desdemona in "Othello", Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", along with the title role in "Educating ...

38. Razaaq Adoti

Actor | Doom

Razaaq Adoti (a.k.a. Raz) was born in England to Nigerian parents. He started on the stage at age 17. While still in college, he was cast as Nathan Detroit in the National Youth and Music Theatre Company's (NYMT) production of Guys and Dolls.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in acting at the ...

39. Susan Wokoma

Actress | Year of the Rabbit

Susan was born in Southwark, London to Nigerian parents. Her television debut was at 14 years old as one of the eight children selected for CBBC's Serious Jungle (2002). Susan was a member of The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. At 18, whilst studying for her A Levels, she landed her first ...

40. Hugo Weaving

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...

41. Hope Olaide Wilson

Actress | Spenser Confidential

Hope Olaide Wilson was born on August 16, 1985 in the UK as Hope Adjoko Olubunkonla Olaide Wilson. She is an actress and producer, known for Spenser Confidential (2020), Solace (2018) and I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009).

42. Donald Faison

Actor | Scrubs

Donald Faison was born on June 22, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Adeosun Faison. He is an actor, known for Scrubs (2001), Clueless (1995) and Skyline (2010). He has been married to Cacee Cobb since December 15, 2012. They have two children. He was previously married to Lisa Askey.

43. Adesua Etomi-Wellington

Actress | The Arbitration

Adesua Etomi-Wellington made her big screen acting debut in April 14, 2014 when Knocking On Heaven's Door was released in Nigerian cinemas. Her riveting performance as the abused Debbie announced Adesua Etomi as one to watch. With stellar performances first as Layo in Brave and as Sharon in Gidi Up...

44. Chiké Okonkwo

Actor | The Birth of a Nation

Chiké Okonkwo was born on March 18, 1982 in Kingston upon Thames, England. He is an actor and producer, known for The Birth of a Nation (2016), Burning Sands (2017) and Being Mary Jane (2013).

45. Natalie Simpson

Actress | Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet

Natalie Simpson is an actress, known for Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet (2016), Outlander (2014) and Les Misérables (2018).

46. O.C. Ukeje

Actor | Black November

O.C. Ukeje was born in Lagos state, Nigeria. The second child of a family of 3 children concentrated mainly on singing before beginning a career in acting from his first year at the University of Lagos, Nigeria with a lead role in a stage play. After winning the 2006 Amstel Malta Box Office reality...

47. Babs Olusanmokun

Actor | Black Mirror

Babs Olusanmokun is an actor. Working in film and on stage, he is known for Black Mirror (2017), The Defenders (2017), The Night Of (2016) and Roots (2016). Born in Lagos/Nigeria, he is multilingual, fluent in English, Portuguese, French and Yoruba. He is a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black ...

48. Femi Elufowoju Jr.

Actor | The Saint

Femi Elufowoju Jr. is an actor, known for The Saint (2017), Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) and The Legend of 1900 (1998).

49. Helen Aluko

Actor | Life of Hers

Helen Aluko is an actor, known for Life of Hers (2014) and God Will Fall (2014).

50. Charles Babalola

Actor | The Legend of Tarzan

Charles Babalola was born in 1990 in London, England. He is an actor, known for The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Mary Magdalene (2018) and Thirteen (2016).

51. Damson Idris

Actor | Snowfall

Damson Idris is a British television, theatre and film actor.

He was born in 1991 in Peckham, London. The last born of six children (3 brothers and 2 sisters) and raised by a single mother, he discovered his passion for acting whilst studying at Brunel University. There he attained a BA Honors ...

52. O-T Fagbenle

Actor | The Handmaid's Tale

Named one of backstage magazines 30 actors to watch, this year O-T Fagbenle has gone on to be cast as series regular Luke, opposite Elisabeth Moss, on HULU's The Handmaid's Tale, also starring Joseph Fiennes and directed by Reed Morano. This will be the second time that O-T has worked with Reed, ...

53. Ken Nwosu

Actor | Christopher Robin

Ken Nwosu is an actor, known for Christopher Robin (2018), Killing Eve (2018) and Look the Other Way and Run.

54. Ben Onwukwe

Actor | London's Burning

Ben Onwukwe was born on August 21, 1957 in England. He is an actor, known for London's Burning (1988), After You've Gone (2007) and The Chain (1984).

55. Madra Ihegborow

Actress | Dead Set

Madra Ihegborow is an actress, known for Dead Set (2008), How We Met (2018) and EastEnders (1985).

56. Blossom Chukwujekwu

Actor | The Millions

Blossom Chukwujekwu is now fondly referred to as Nollywood's newest quintessential and bankable leading man. One of the Nigeria's more recent acting discoveries, his break out movie FLOWER GIRL has premiered to critical and commercial success in Nigeria, Ghana, the United Kingdom and film festivals...

57. Ann Ogbomo

Actress | Wonder Woman

Ann worked extensively in theatre before embarking on her screen career. She was a member of the Olivier Award winning Histories Ensemble at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2017 was listed in The Guardian's top ten teachers ever played on stage for her performance as Jo in "School Play" at The...



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