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Sophie Okonedo Biography : Age, Net Worth, Daughter, Movies and Facts

BIRTH NAME : Sophie Okonedo
NET WORTH : $5 million dollars
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : (born 11 August 1968)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Born in in London
OCCUPATION : She is an English film, theatre and television actress.
MARITAL STATUS/WIFE : Not married but have a daughter
PARENTS : Joan (née Allman) and Henry Okonedo
EDUCATION : Okonedo trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


This is the officially biography of Sophie Okonedo. When the movie Hotel Rwanda is being discussed, the first person that comes to our mind is Sophie Okonedo. We shall be checking out her biography and everything about the beautiful actress.

Sophie Okonedo is a famous name in the film industry and she is not only recognized for just a talented actress but also an outspoken one. She is an English film, theatre and television actress. She initially launched her film career in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) before appearing in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and Stephen Frears’s Dirty Pretty Things (2002).

Sophie Okonedo rose to stardom in 2004, when she co-starred in the popular movie titled Hotel Rwanda as Tatiana Rusesabagina, the wife of Rwandan hotel manager and humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina, a role portrayed by American actor Don Cheadle. She was nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 for this role and she became the second black female Briton to receive this nomination . She also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) subsequently and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009) and the television film Mrs. Mandela (2010). Other notable roles include Æon Flux (2005), Skin (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), and Christopher Robin (2018).

She has also starred as Cressida in the 1999 Royal National Theatre production of Troilus and Cressida. She made a Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun. She was nominated by Drama Desk Award for for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Ruth Younger. She is so unique , authentic and versatile. There is no doubt, she is one of the most respectable celebrities of our time.

Early life and Background

Sophie Okonedo was born on 11 August 1968 in London, she is the daughter of Henry Okonedo (1939–2009), a British Nigerian who worked for the government and a Jewish Pilates teacher who was born in the East End of London. Her maternal grandparents spoke Yiddish, were from families that had emigrated from Poland and Russia. According to her biography, she was raised in her mother’s Jewish faith . Her biological father left her family when she was five years old, she was raised in relative poverty by her single mother and the only thing she always had was books.


The highly respected screen goddess was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked in several media which include film, television, theatre and audio drama. She performed in Scream of the Shalka, a webcast based on the BBC television series Doctor Who as Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor. She also provided the character’s voice, Okonedo’s likeness was used for the animation of the character. She portrayed Liz Ten (Queen Elizabeth X) in the BBC TV series Doctor Who episodes “The Beast Below” in year 2010 and briefly in “The Pandorica Opens”

Sophie Okonedo portrayed the role of Jenny in Danny Brocklehurst’s BAFTA TV Award nominated episode of Paul Abbott’s series Clocking Off. Sophie has played the of Tulip Jones in the film Stormbreaker (2006) and Nancy in the television adaptation of Oliver Twist (2007). She also played the role of the Wachati Princess in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995). As you can effortlessly see, she has starred in many movies and she has won several awards and earned lots of nominations.

In 2014, she earned a nomination for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda , she also got a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for a Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006). She featured alongside Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning as May Boatwright, a woman who struggles with depression, in the film The Secret Life of Bees (2008); opposite Sam Neill and Alice Krige as Sandra Laing in Skin (2009), and portrayed Winnie Mandela in the BBC drama Mrs. Mandela broadcast in January 2010.

She was one of the faces that appeared on Broadway in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun as Ruth Younger in year 2014. She won the Tony Award, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for this role, beating out co-star and fellow nominee Anika Noni Rose. She returned to Broadway in 2016 after a short break in Ivo van Hove’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre as Elizabeth Proctor opposite Bill Camp, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Butler Harner, Ciarán Hinds, Jim Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Thomas Jay Ryan and Ben Whishaw. She appeared in the second season of the BBC’s The Hollow Crown in year 2016 as Queen Margaret, an adaptation of the Shakespearean plays Henry VI, Part I, II, III and Richard III.

Personal Life

She currently has a daughter named Aoife, from a previous relationship with Irish film editor Eoin Martin. They live in Muswell Hill, London.

Movie and TV Shows

  • Christopher Robin (Movie)
  • Great Performances (TV Show)
  • Undercover (TV Show)
  • Masterpiece (TV Show)
  • After Earth (Movie)
  • Skin (Movie)
  • In Defence (TV Show)
  • Martian Child (Movie)
  • Tsunami, The Aftermath (TV Show)
  • Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (Movie)
  • Tsunami, The Aftermath (TV Show)
  • Aeon Flux (Movie)
  • The Hollow Crown: Richard III — 2016
  • The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II — 2016
  • The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I — 2016
  • Mystery! (TV Show)
  • Hotel Rwanda (Movie)
  • Alibi (Movie)
  • Dirty Pretty Things (Movie)
  • The Jackal (Movie)
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (Movie)
  • Go Now (Movie)
  • Young Soul Rebels (Movie)
  • Tsunami, The Aftermath (TV Show)
  • Alibi (TV Show)
  • Flack (TV Show)
  • Saving Africa’s Witch Children (TV Show)
  • Theater Talk (TV Show)
  • The Hollow Crown (TV Show)
  • Father & Son (TV Show)
  • Criminal Justice (TV Show)
  • The Secret Life Of Bees (Movie)
  • Charlie Rose (TV Show)
  • Good Morning America (TV Show)
  • Tavis Smiley (TV Show)
  • Dennis Miller (TV Show)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Show)
  • Doctor Who Confidential (TV Show)


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