BIRTH NAME : Nikki Amuka-Bird
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DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : (Born 1976)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Delta, Nigeria
STATE OF ORIGIN : Delta, Nigeria
OCCUPATION : is a Nigerian-born British actress of the stage, television and film.
NATIONALITY : Nigerian-born British
EDUCATION : She attended boarding-school in Britain, She went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
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Nikki Amuka-Bird is Nigerian-born British actress of the stage, television and film. She is one of the most popular and highly respected actressin the world today. She is one of the Nollywood actresses currently making Nigerian proud out side the country because she has proven worthy that her career is very serious and she has come to stay in the Nigeria Movie industry and Hollywood.
Early Life and Background
Amuka-Bird was born 1976 in Delta, Nigeria where her biological father still live till date. She moved with her mother when she was a little girl to England and in Antigua where she grew up into an adult. She was single-handedly raised as an only child by my mother, Patricia, who was a single mother, because she got separated from her father while she was very small.
Amuka-Bird is from a polygamous family and she has seven half-siblings which are her father’s children. She has a half-brother, Amiku, now living in the UK, they got to know each other not long ago.
She was birthed in Nigeria, where her father, Sam, lives. Her father is editor of the Vanguard newspaper in Lagos. Her father met as journalists, her Antiguan mum worked for my father. Her father made his journalistic name during the Biafran war.
According to her’
I had only known him through what my mum told me, so it’s a strange time for me, as my mum died just over a year ago. I have to remind myself she’s not physically here: I can hear her commenting and advising so clearly in my head.
I stayed in Lagos until I was five. I remember my mum was involved with Ophelia, her fashion magazine. We could go into the living room, and there would be a photoshoot with somebody beautiful. Mum couldn’t be there all the time, so from her travels she would bring back videos of films like Singin’ in the Rain or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She taught me to read from the video recorder: the first words I read were play, stop, record, rewind and fast forward.
Amuka-Bird has been labelled as one of the most hard working Nigeria actress, she has been involved in several areas of entertainment. Her theatrical credits include
- Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre);
- Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic, for which she won an Ian Charleson Award nomination in 2004 for playing Viola);
- World Music (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and Donmar Warehouse); Top Girls (Oxford Stage Company);
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters (RSC);
- Doubt: A Parable (Tricycle Theatre).
Amuka-Bird’s film credits include
The Omen (2006 remake), Cargo, Almost Heaven as well as the screen adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Talking about the television aspect, she has successfully appeared in Spooks, The Last Enemy, Robin Hood, The Line of Beauty, Torchwood, and a recurring role in the reimagined BBC apocalyptic series Survivors. In 2010 she appeared as Det. Supt Gaynor Jenkins in the BBC’s Silent Witness.
Amuka-Bird has appeared in Small Island, broadcast in December 2009, the BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel. It was announced that she and Phoebe Fox would star in the production of Zadie Smith’s novel NW in June 2016 . It was broadcast on BBC Two on 14 November 2016 and Amuka-Bird received a BAFTA for Best Actress.
She was heard as the voice of the Glass Woman in the Doctor Who Christmas Special “Twice Upon a Time” broadcast on BBC One on 2017 Christmas . She also revealed that on her seventh birthday she had this epic adventure that started in Disney World Florida, then went to Jamaica, and ended up in Antigua, that was when she returned home for the very first time since she was a little girl.
Personal Life and Marriage
She was previously in a marriage that lasted for only seven years before they called it a wrap. Amuka-Bird married actor Geoffrey Streatfeild in year 2003, they met and fell in love while touring with the RSC in Japan.