|Sophie Okonedo Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||August 11, 1968|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Sophie Okonedo is a British actor, voice actor, theatre artist, and narrator who has been cast in various movies such as Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Things, Hotel Rwanda, Æon Flux, The Secret Life of Bees, Martian Child, Skin, After Earth, Christopher Robin, War Book, Death on the Nile, Catherine Called Birdy, Raymond and Ray, and Hellboy. Moreover, her television roles include playing Caroline in the dramedy series Flack, Alison Cheney (voice) in the animated series Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka, Xaphania (voice) in the fantasy drama series His Dark Materials, and Margaret, the Queen Consort of England in the historical war drama series The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. Sophie Okonedo’s work has won her at least a Tony Award while she has been nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA Television Award, Golden Globe Award, and Primetime Emmy Award.
London, England, United Kingdom
Muswell Hill, London, England, United Kingdom
Sophie Okonedo graduated from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. She also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, a drama school located in London, England.
Actor, Voice Actor, Theatre Artist, Narrator
- Father – Henry Okonedo (1939-2009) (Worked for the government)
- Mother – Joan (née Allman) (Pilates Teacher)
- Others – Max Allman (Maternal Grandfather), Jean/Janey Gelbert (Maternal Grandmother)
Sophie Okonedo has been signed with Hamilton Hodell, Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
60 kg or 132 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Sophie Okonedo has dated –
- Eoin Martin (1995-1999) – She started going out with Irish film editor Eoin Martin in the year 1995 and their daughter named Aoife Okonedo Martin was born in June 1997. Sophie and Eoin separated in 1999.
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Black and White)
Sophie Okonedo is of Nigerian descent on her father’s side and has Ashkenazi Jewish roots on her mother’s side.
She grew up in her mother’s Jewish faith.
Sophie Okonedo Facts
- She spent her childhood years growing up in Chalkhill Estate, part of the Wembley Park district in the London Borough of Brent.
- In 1991, she made her first theatrical film appearance as Tracy in the coming-of-age thriller film Young Soul Rebels.
- Alongside Don Cheadle, Joaquin Phoenix, and Nick Nolte, Sophie Okonedo co-starred portraying the character of Tatiana Rusesabagina in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda. For this role, Sophie won the Black Reel Award for “Best Actress-Drama” as well as got nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actress”, NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture”, and Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role”.
- For her role as Susie Carter in the 2006 disaster drama television miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath, she bagged the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Mini-Series”.
- Sophie Okonedo brought to life the character of May Boatwright in the 2008 drama film The Secret Life of Bees and this performance got her nominated for a Black Reel Award for “Best Supporting Actress” and NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture”.
- Talking about her heritage, she once said, “I feel as proud to be Jewish as I feel to be Black” and has called her daughter an “Irish, Nigerian Jew”.
- For services to drama, Sophie Okonedo was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Birthday Honours and a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2019 New Year Honours.
- Her theatre credits include having been cast in productions of A Raisin in the Sun, Antony and Cleopatra, The Crucible, Haunted Child, and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?.
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