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Born: January 1, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Born in London to a Nigerian father and British mother, Sophie Okonedo never considered being an actress when she grew up, let alone an international star. A voracious reader all her life-a government official visiting the family's home marveled at the large bookcase stocked with books-Okonedo got her start through a writing workshop she took with renowned novelist and playwright, Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic). Though she had no desire to be a writer, Okonedo took the course because it was something interesting to do at night. She soon realized, however, that she was no good as a writer. But she was very good at reading other people's work aloud, which eventually led to her involvement with the Royal Court Theatre. From there she got a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where she got her true start as an actress.

Born in London to a Nigerian father and British mother, Sophie Okonedo never considered being an actress when she grew up, let alone an international star. A voracious reader all her life-a government official visiting the family's home marveled at the large bookcase stocked with books-Okonedo got her start through a writing workshop she took with renowned novelist and playwright, Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic). Though she had no desire to be a writer, Okonedo took the course because it was something interesting to do at night. She soon realized, however, that she was no good as a writer. But she was very good at reading other people's work aloud, which eventually led to her involvement with the Royal Court Theatre. From there she got a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where she got her true start as an actress.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 After Earth (2013)
2.
 Skin (2008)
4.
 Martian Child (2007)
7.
 Aeon Flux (2005) Sithandra
8.
 Hotel Rwanda (2004) Cast
9.
 Dirty Pretty Things (2002) Juliette
10.
 Peaches (2000) Pippa
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Began her career onstage with the Royal Shakespeare Company
1991:
Made film debut in Isaac Julian's "Young Soul Rebels"
1995:
Had a small role opposite Jim Carrey as The Wachati Princess in "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"; earned an MTV Movie Award nomination for the kiss she shared with Carrey
1997:
Cast in a small role as the Jamaican Girl in "The Jackal," starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere
1998:
Gave a memorable performance as the brave, resourceful story-teller in "Arabian Nights" at The Young Vic in London
1999:
Received recognition playing Cressida in Trevor Nunn's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" at the Royal National Theatre
1999:
Cast in the ensemble British romantic comedy called "This Year's Love"
2000:
Cast in the British series "Never Never," for which she was nominated as Best Actress in a Television Drama by the Royal Television Society
2001:
Starred in the short lived British series " Sweet Revenge" (BBC)
2002:
Played a key role as Juliette, the kind-hearted prostitute in Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actress
2003:
Co-starred with British actor Michael Kitchen in the TV movie "Alibi"
2004:
Starred opposite Don Cheadle, as his Tutsi wife in "Hotel Rwanda"; received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress
2005:
Co-starred with Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand in the science-fiction action movie "Aeon Flux"
2006:
Cast in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" based on Stormbreaker, the first novel in the Alex Rider series
2006:
Played a young mother searching for her child in "Tsunami: The Aftermath" a two-part HBO/BBC joint production that dramatizes the events following the 2004 tsunami in Asia; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Television Movie
2007:
Co-starred with John Cusack in "The Martian Child"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA): -

Notes

". . . Sophie Okonedo traces a large arc from impish delight, bright-smiling and dimpling, to aimless misery. She handles the outer ambiguity and inner conflict of the role with intelligence and (slightly too much, but impressive) force; in a novel touch, the production ends on her alone, lost on stage as if cut off from her moorings. . ."---Alastair Macaulay on Sophie Okonedo performace in Troilus and Cressida in FINANCIAL TIMES, March 17, 1999.

"I just think of myself as a storyteller. That's how I started, and I've spent many, many years in the theatre doing that. I'm interested in what it is to be human, in the human condition, the human spirit."--- Sophie Okonedo quoted to The Toronto Sun, January 7, 2005.

"When I work, I tend to use instinct... I just act in the moment and see what happens... I don't particularly write things down. I write a few notes. But I figure that what sticks, sticks, and the rest isn't worth keeping."---Okonedo to Venice magazine, February 2005.

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