FULL NAME: Beverly Ifunaya Bassey
STAGE NAME : Beverly Naya
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DATE OF BIRTH: Born 17 April 1989
OCCUPATION: Nigerian actress.
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married
EDUCATION : Brunel University and Roehampton University
Beverly Naya whose real name is Beverly Ifunaya Bassey , is a gorgeous British-born Nigerian actress , born and brought up in London [her date of birth is17 April 1989] . The ravishing Nollywood goddess was born as Beverly Ifunaya Bassey on 17 April 1989 in London, United Kingdom. She started her acting career during her childhood days and she has eventually become one of the best Nigerian actress with many awards to her name. She won the award for “Fast Rising Actress at the 2011 City People Entertainment Awards” and the “Most Promising Talent category at the 2010 Best Of Nollywood Awards”.
Early Life, Background And Education
Beverly Naya was birthed and bred in London. The beautiful Nollywood actress hails from Delta State, from Ibuzo, the Igbo speaking Delta region and the only child to her Nigerian parents. Beverly has her first taste of education in the UK . She attended Brunel University where she bagged a degree in Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy . She also graduated from Roehampton University in London where she studied Script writing and Film making . As the only child of her parents, she enjoyed all the parental attention because her mother was always there to teach her the things of life as a way of preparing her for the adventures in the future. Her mother was always supportive even in her career . She also revealed that she had a bond with her mother to an extent that they make statements even when they don’t say a word.
Her mother did everything possible just to make her happy and comfortable . The gorgeous actress revealed that her mun is her manager, she is her mentor who nudges and urges her on. Her father on the other hand shuttles between the US and Nigeria while her mum and her are back in Nigeria settling down to embrace what the country has to offer. She also disclosed that her relationship with her Dad isn’t so strong because they really don’t see each other often but they communicate as much as they can.
After launching her Nollywood career, she relocated to Nigeria because of the rapid growth of Nollywood, and the opportunities that it creates for aspiring actors and actress. The Screen queen cited Ramsey Nouah and Genevieve Nnaji as mentors .
Beverly Ifunaya Bassey popularly known by her stage name Beverly Naya started her acting career at the age of 17 while studying at the Brunel University in Uxbridge, England. She started her education reading sociology and psychology but she thought it wise to switched to drama and script-writing because she was interested in acting. Her acting career started in the UK where she did a few short films for the British Broadcasting Corporation and The Metropolitan Police. She also acted some theatre productions including one by Debbie Tucker-Green, called “Stoning Mary” and then “Psychosis” and “Crave”.
Beverly Naya was named the “fastest rising actress” in the City People Entertainment Awards in Nigeria 2011. When asked why she returned to Nigeria by Encomium Magazine, she said when she graduated from the University all she wanted to do was act, when she was in London she could shoot a film probably once in a year and that’s it. Her essence of coming to Nollywood is to build a brand as well as shoot films more often and be given a more diverse amount of scripts. Beverly Naya was a lead actress in Lancelot Imasuen’s “Living in Exile” acted alongside star actor Desmond Elliot, the movie was produced by her mother.
She has featured in many Nollywood movies, some of the notable once include : Death Waters (2012),Tinsel, Home in Exile, Stripped ,Weekend Getaway,When Love Happens (2014, Brother’s Keeper (2014) Before 30 (2015-) ,Oasis (2015), (Make A Move 2015),Alan Poz ,Forgetting June, Up Creek Without a Paddle.
On Why She Is Still Single
In an interview with “The Brief” the actress said she is single because of two reasons; she is picky and very busy.
“It’s not that they are not asking, they are asking. The main issue my mom complains about is that I can be quite picky. I am picky with reasons because I feel like I have a lot to offer. I don’t want to settle down with the wrong guy” said the actress.
“What’s the point? You work this hard, you do so much for your life only for you to settle down with the wrong guy! No, it doesn’t make sense to me. So that’s partly why I’m single. The other reason is I’ve been really busy. I need a guy that understands the nature of my job and doesn’t get so insecure because of what I do. I know the right guy will find me when it’s time. I’m not keeping him a secret, but I am dating at the moment. I am being quiet about that because I don’t think that needs to be in the public just yet”
“You should expect a gentle, handsome, ambitious man who treats me like a princess. A complete gentleman, someone who knows how to treat a lady, dresses well and most likely my ideal man, Amen to that! God, I hope you are listening. That’s what I’m hoping for”
She has worked with prominent entertainment stars like Bukky Wright, Desmond Elliot, Wale Ojo and OC Ukeje to mention a few. She also starred in the 2014 Nigerian romantic comedy film titled “When Love Happens” alongside Gideon Okeke and Desmond Elliot.
- She won the award for Fast Rising Actress at the 2011 City People Entertainment Awards.
- She also won the Most Promising Talent category at the 2010 Best Of Nollywood Awards.
- She was nominated for the 2014 ELOY Awards for TV Actress of the Year for her role in the Nigerian series, Tinsel.
- Death Waters (2012)
- Home in Exile
- Alan Poza
- Forgetting June
- ′′Make a move
- Up Creek Without a Paddle
- Weekend Getaway
- When Love Happens (2014)
- Brother’s Keeper (2014)
- Before 30 (2015-)
- Oasis (2015)
- Suru L’ere (2016)
- The Wedding Party (2016)
- The Wedding Party 2 (2017)
And many more