Sophie Okonedo

Actor
Born in London to a Nigerian father and British mother, Sophie Okonedo never considered being an actress when she grew up, let alone an international star. A voracious reader all her life-a government official visiting ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1968 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (24)

After Earth 2013 (Movie)

Faia Raige (Actor)

Sinbad 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Doctor Who 2010 (Tv Show)

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Skin 2009 (Movie)

Sandra Laing (Actor)

Oliver Twist 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

May Boatwright (Actor)

Martian Child 2007 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Tsunami, The Aftermath 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 (Movie)

Mrs Jones (Actor)

Scenes of a Sexual Nature 2006 (Movie)

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Aeon Flux 2005 (Movie)

Sithandra (Actor)

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Hotel Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

Tatiana Rusesabagina (Actor)

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2004 (Tv Show)

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Dirty Pretty Things 2003 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

Peaches 2000 (Movie)

Pippa (Actor)

Mad Cows 1999 (Movie)

Rosy (Actor)

This Year's Love 1999 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

Go Now 1998 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

Jamaican Girl (Actor)

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 (Movie)

Princess (Actor)

Maria's Child 1991 (Movie)

Melanie (Actor)

Young Soul Rebels 1991 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

Deep Secrets (TV Show)

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Biography

Born in London to a Nigerian father and British mother, Sophie Okonedo never considered being an actress when she grew up, let alone an international star. A voracious reader all her life-a government official visiting the family's home marveled at the large bookcase stocked with books-Okonedo got her start through a writing workshop she took with renowned novelist and playwright, Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic). Though she had no desire to be a writer, Okonedo took the course because it was something interesting to do at night. She soon realized, however, that she was no good as a writer. But she was very good at reading other people's work aloud, which eventually led to her involvement with the Royal Court Theatre. From there she got a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where she got her true start as an actress.

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

received a scholarship

Milestones

2007

Co-starred with John Cusack in "The Martian Child"

2006

Played a young mother searching for her child in "Tsunami: The Aftermath" a two-part HBO/BBC joint production that dramatizes the events following the 2004 tsunami in Asia; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Television

2006

Cast in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" based on Stormbreaker, the first novel in the Alex Rider series

2005

Co-starred with Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand in the science-fiction action movie "Aeon Flux"

2004

Starred opposite Don Cheadle, as his Tutsi wife in "Hotel Rwanda"; received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress

2003

Co-starred with British actor Michael Kitchen in the TV movie "Alibi"

2002

Played a key role as Juliette, the kind-hearted prostitute in Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actress

2001

Starred in the short lived British series " Sweet Revenge" (BBC)

2000

Cast in the British series "Never Never," for which she was nominated as Best Actress in a Television Drama by the Royal Television Society

1999

Cast in the ensemble British romantic comedy called "This Year's Love"

1999

Received recognition playing Cressida in Trevor Nunn's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" at the Royal National Theatre

1998

Gave a memorable performance as the brave, resourceful story-teller in "Arabian Nights" at The Young Vic in London

1997

Cast in a small role as the Jamaican Girl in "The Jackal," starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere

1995

Had a small role opposite Jim Carrey as The Wachati Princess in "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"; earned an MTV Movie Award nomination for the kiss she shared with Carrey

1991

Made film debut in Isaac Julian's "Young Soul Rebels"

Began her career onstage with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Bonus Trivia

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". . . Sophie Okonedo traces a large arc from impish delight, bright-smiling and dimpling, to aimless misery. She handles the outer ambiguity and inner conflict of the role with intelligence and (slightly too much, but impressive) force; in a novel touch, the production ends on her alone, lost on stage as if cut off from her moorings. . ."---Alastair Macaulay on Sophie Okonedo performace in Troilus and Cressida in FINANCIAL TIMES, March 17, 1999.

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"I just think of myself as a storyteller. That's how I started, and I've spent many, many years in the theatre doing that. I'm interested in what it is to be human, in the human condition, the human spirit."--- Sophie Okonedo quoted to The Toronto Sun, January 7, 2005.

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"When I work, I tend to use instinct... I just act in the moment and see what happens... I don't particularly write things down. I write a few notes. But I figure that what sticks, sticks, and the rest isn't worth keeping."---Okonedo to Venice magazine, February 2005.

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