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Sophie Okonedo

Biography

British movie actress who became known on her behalf roles in Resort Rwanda in 2005 and THE TRICK Lives of Bees in 2008. Her overall performance in Tsunami: The Aftermath brought her a Golden World nomination, and her part inside a Raisin in sunlight gained her a Tony Award for Greatest Actress inside a Presented Role inside a Play. She qualified in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork before earning little BBC television functions. She was nominated for an Academy Honor for her assisting role in Resort Rwanda. She experienced one child, Aoife, with her previous partner Eoin Martin. She performed May Boatwright reverse Queen Latifah within the 2008 film, THE TRICK Existence of Bees.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sophie Okonedo
Date Of Birth August 11, 1968
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.73 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Cambridge University
Nationality British
Children Aoife Martin
Parents Henry Okonedo, Joan Okonedo
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Glamour Award for Film Actress
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor / Actress, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Movies Hotel Rwanda, After Earth, Æon Flux, The Secret Life of Bees, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Things, Stormbreaker, Martian Child, Young Soul Rebels, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, The Jackal, Skin, This Year's Love, War Book, Go Now, Sweet Revenge, Alibi, Mrs Mandela, Whose Baby?, Born With Two Mothers, Never Never, Peaches, Deep Secrets, Maria's Child
TV Shows The Slap, Tsunami: The Aftermath, Scream of the Shalka, Criminal Justice, Oliver Twist, Father & Son, The Governor, Undercover, The Hollow Crown, The Escape Artist, Sinbad, Mayday, Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise, Staying Alive, In Defence
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1She won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, appearing on Broadway opposite Denzel Washington in "A Raisin in the Sun." She later said that one of the best things about her Broadway debut was that she got to say she was "Denzel Washington's wife".
2Muswell Hill, London, England [June 2010]
3She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
4In 2005, Okonedo became the first black actress since Angela Bassett in 1994 to receive an NAACP Image Award nomination for the same role in which she was nominated for an Oscar. Previous Oscar nominees Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Halle Berry and Queen Latifah were not nominated by the NAACP for the same roles.
5She is a graduate of Cambridge University.
6Invited to join AMPAS in 2005.
7Gave birth to her only child -- a daughter, Aoife Okonedo Martin -- in June 1997, at age 28. Child's father is her former boyfriend, Eoin Martin.
8Her father, Henry E. B. Okonedo, was Nigerian. Her mother, Joan (Allman), is from a Jewish family (they immigrated from Poland and Russia to England).
9Trained at RADA


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hollow Crown2016TV SeriesQueen Margaret
Undercover2016TV Mini-SeriesMaya Cobbina
Untitled Wall Street Project2014TV MovieBryce
War Book2014Philippa
The Escape Artist2013TV Mini-SeriesMaggie Gardner
After Earth2013Faia Raige
Mayday2013TV Mini-SeriesFiona Hill
Sinbad2012TV SeriesRazia
The Slap2011TV Mini-SeriesAisha
Extraordinary Women2011TV SeriesNarrator
Doctor Who2010TV SeriesLiz Ten
Mrs Mandela2010TV MovieWinnie Mandela
Criminal Justice2009TV Mini-SeriesJack Woolf
Father & Son2009TV Mini-SeriesConnie Turner
Skin2008/ISandra Laing
The Secret Life of Bees2008May Boatwright
Oliver Twist2007TV Mini-SeriesNancy
Martian Child2007Sophie
Celebration2007TV MovieSonia
Scenes of a Sexual Nature2006Anna
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker2006Mrs. Jones
The True Voice of Rape2006TV Movie
Tsunami: The Aftermath2006TV Mini-SeriesSusie Carter
Æon Flux2005Sithandra
Blitz: London's Firestorm2005TV MovieNarrator
Born with Two Mothers2005TV MovieLucretia Bridges
Whose Baby?2004TV MovieKaren Jenkins
Hotel Rwanda2004Tatiana Rusesabagina
Cross My Heart2003Marsee
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka2003TV Mini-SeriesAlison Cheney
Alibi2003TV MovieMarcey Burgess
MI-52003TV SeriesAmanda Roke
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries2003TV SeriesEve Bowen
VBirds; Perfect2003TV Mini-Series
VBirds2002TV SeriesBling
Dirty Pretty Things2002Juliette
Dead Casual2002TV MovieDonna
Clocking Off2002TV SeriesJenny Wood
Sweet Revenge2001TV MovieEllen
Table 122001TV SeriesKaren
Once Seen2001Short
Never Never2000TV MovieJo Weller
Peaches2000Pippa
In Defence2000TV SeriesBernie Kramer
Mad Cows1999Rosy
This Year's Love1999Denise
The Jackal1997Jamaican Girl
Deep Secrets1996TV MovieHoney
Staying Alive1996TV SeriesKelley Booth
Murder Most Horrid1996TV SeriesRachel
The Accidental Conspiracy1995Short
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls1995The Wachati Princess
Go Now1995Paula
The Governor1995TV SeriesMoira Levitt
The Bill1994TV SeriesAdele Percy
Age of Treason1993TV MovieNiobe
Screen Two1992TV SeriesMelanie
Casualty1991TV SeriesGina Russell
Young Soul Rebels1991Tracy
Spatz1991TV SeriesKim
Miss Queencake1991Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise2017TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The 70th Annual Tony Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The Tony Beat2016TV SeriesHerself
Dispatches2008-2015TV Series documentaryNarrator / Herself - Narrator
The Stranger on the Bridge2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Featured Actress in a Play
28UP South Africa2013DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Welcome to the World2012DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Remembering World War I2012ShortHerself
The Making of The Slap2011TV Series documentaryHerself
59 Festival de Cine de San Sebastián - Gala de clausura2011TV MovieHerself - Presenter: Best Actor
59 Festival de Cine de San Sebastián - Gala de inauguración2011TV SpecialHerself
Doctor Who Confidential2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Turin Shroud: New Evidence2009TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHerself
Racism: A History2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Jackanory Junior2007TV SeriesHerself - Storyteller
Flash Frames2006Video documentary shortAlison Cheney
Creating a World: Aeon Flux2006Video shortHerself - Sith Andra
Film '722006TV SeriesHerself
Scenes of a Sexual Nature: Making of Documentary2006Video documentary shortHerself / Anna
Richard & Judy2005TV SeriesHerself
36th NAACP Image Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Empire Movie Awards 20052005TV SpecialHerself
Shootout2005TV SeriesHerself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Supporting Actress
GMTV2005TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHerself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHerself
Stan Collymore: Confessions of a Premiership Footballer2004TV Movie documentaryNarrator
RI:SE2002TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Too Much TV2016TV SeriesMaya Cobbina - Undercover
The Destinations of Doctor Who2012TV Movie documentaryLiz 10 (uncredited)
Criminal Justice II: Peter Moffat Interviews2009TV Mini-SeriesJack Woolf

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014NextyNewNowNext AwardsBest New Broadway Lead ActressFor "A Raisin in The Sun".
2010Rising StarBahamas International Film FestivalSkin (2008)
2009Rising StarBahamas International Film Festival
2008Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble Acting of the YearThe Secret Life of Bees (2008)· Paul Bettany
· Hilarie Burton
· Dakota Fanning
· Jennifer Hudson
· Alicia Keys
· Queen Latifah
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialTsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Actress, DramaHotel Rwanda (2004)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Slap (2011)
2010BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressMrs Mandela (2010)
2010BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressCriminal Justice (2008)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActressSkin (2008)
2010DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Supporting ActressCriminal Justice (2008)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureSkin (2008)
2009British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActressSkin (2008)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureThe Secret Life of Bees (2008)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Secret Life of Bees (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Secret Life of Bees (2008)
2007Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalMini-Series - Best Performance by an ActressTsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesTsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
2006ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearHotel Rwanda (2004)
2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleHotel Rwanda (2004)
2005Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting ActressHotel Rwanda (2004)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureHotel Rwanda (2004)
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActressHotel Rwanda (2004)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleHotel Rwanda (2004)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureHotel Rwanda (2004)· Don Cheadle
· Nick Nolte
· Joaquin Phoenix
2003British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting Actor/ActressDirty Pretty Things (2002)
2001RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Actor - FemaleNever Never (2000)
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissAce Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)· Jim Carrey


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#Quote
1[on being awarded the OBE in June 2010] The cherry on the cake and way beyond anything I would have imagined for myself.
2I'm just going where the stories are. I'll quite happily work in a tiny theater in the middle of nowhere if it's the right story. It always leaves a bit of a nasty taste in my mouth when I do something purely for money. I always end up being absolute shit in it. I'm not really an actor who can make rubbish writing good. Some people are very good at it. It's a real skill.
3Without hammering you over the head with it, the movie gets you to ask questions. That's what good movies do.
4I'm drawn to stories about ordinary people who get tangled up in an extraordinary event or idea or emotion. I'm not saying I don't love films about super-people or super-doctors, but my preference is for stories about how we get through this life, what it is to be human, because I'm always struggling with it myself.
5I'd hate to lose the character actress part of me, because, by God, the parts are much more interesting. As a black actress all I was offered in British film was the best friend role, whereas in TV I was offered a whole spectrum of parts. I'd love to be able to follow that through into my newly-formed film career which I didn't expect to get at 36!
6When I do things that aren't very good, I'm worse as an actor. I don't know what I pick up - but it's something not very nice.
7But I'm pretty secure about who I am. Anything that's truthful I'm not ashamed of.
8I don't like going for more than a year without doing theatre. I don't mind falling flat on my face so long as I feel I'm open to the possibility of something extraordinary happening.


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