Sophie Okonedo

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: 01/01/1969 in London, England, GB


Actor (27)

Undercover 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)


War Book 2015 (Movie)

Philippa (Actor)

After Earth 2013 (Movie)

Faia Raige (Actor)

Sinbad 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Doctor Who 2010 (Tv Show)


Skin 2009 (Movie)

Sandra Laing (Actor)

Oliver Twist 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

May Boatwright (Actor)

Martian Child 2007 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Tsunami, The Aftermath 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 (Movie)

Mrs Jones (Actor)

Scenes of a Sexual Nature 2006 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Aeon Flux 2005 (Movie)

Sithandra (Actor)

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


Hotel Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

Tatiana Rusesabagina (Actor)

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2004 (Tv Show)


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)


The Hollow Crown (Tv Show)



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.


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

received a scholarship



Was cast in the thriller mini-series "Undercover"


Played Queen Margaret on the historical TV series "The Hollow Crown"


Starred alongside Will Smith in the blockbuster "After Earth"


Starred on the British TV mini-series "The Slap"


Played the wife of Nelson Mandela in the biographical drama "Mrs Mandela"


Nabbed a starring role on the TV mini-series "Father & Son"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Began her career onstage with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Bonus Trivia


Okonedo grew up in poverty, and was raised by her single mother.


Okonedo is of Jewish and Nigerian descent.


"One of the things I have noticed in America is that so much more time goes into script development. If you just say, 'We're going to do a police drama with someone from EastEnders,' or, 'Let's do another Dickens', then you're not going to get diversity." - from The Guardian, July 14, 2014


"I always find something in all the characters I play. I fall in love with them a little bit." - from Interview Magazine, March 28, 2016