British Actors of Nigerian Descent

by beaete | created - 08 Aug 2015 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

1. 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...

2. 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, ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. 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, ...

8. Adelayo Adedayo

Actress | Unlocked

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

9. 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 ...

10. 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 ...

11. 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, '...

12. 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 ...

13. 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 Doctor Who (2005).

14. 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).

15. 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).

16. 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 ...

17. 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 ...

18. 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).

19. 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 ...

20. Louise Rose

Actress | Dorian Gray

Louise Rose is an actress, known for Dorian Gray (2009), Luther (2010) and Diamonds (2009).

21. Tosin Cole

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Tosin Cole was born 23 July 1992. He is a British actor known for his roles in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) as Lieutenant Bastian, EastEnders: E20 (2010) as Sol Levi, and Hollyoaks (1995) as Neil Cooper. Cole began his acting career in 2009 around the age of 17, in a modern day...

22. 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 ...

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. 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).

25. 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).

26. Hannah John-Kamen

Actress | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys, Ornela in the HBO series Game of Thrones, F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, and Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hannah was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, ...

27. 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 ...

28. Jimmy Akingbola

Actor | Spectral

Jimmy Akingbola was born in 1978 in Plaistow, London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Spectral (2016), Arrow (2012) and Holby City (1999).

29. 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 ...

30. 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 Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016).

31. Peter Bankole

Actor | Peaky Blinders

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

32. 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).

33. Kayode Ewumi

Actor | #HoodDocumentary

Kayode was born on 2nd November 1993 in the Elephant and Castle district of London, the middle child in an Anglo-Nigerian family. He read drama and theatre studies amongst other subjects at the City and Islington College before going on to Coventry University - initially to take the journalism ...

34. Cyril Nri

Actor | Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

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

35. Okorie Chukwu

Actor | Level Up

Okorie Chukwu is an actor and producer, known for Level Up (2016) and Zombie Diaries 2 (2011).

36. Olisa Odele

Actor | Chewing Gum

Olisa Odele is an actor, known for Chewing Gum (2015), Scarborough (2019) and Perfect Night In (2007).



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