Date Of Birth: 11 August 1968
Marital Status: Married
Movies Acted: Hotel Rwanda (2004), After Earth (2013), Dirty Pretty Things (2002). Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Thing, etc.
Awards Won: 2005: Best Actress-Drama (Hotel Rwanda); 2008: Ensemble Acting of the Year (The Secret Life of Bees); 2010: Officer of the Order of the British Empire; 2014: Best Featured Actress in a Play (A Raisin in the Sun).
Sophie Okonedo was born on August 11, 1968 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), After Earth (2013) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002).
Sophie is an English actress. She has also appeared in films like ‘Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls’ and Stephen Frears’ ‘Dirty Pretty Thing’. Additionally, she was appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Birthday Honours. Furthermore, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in ‘Hotel Rwanda’.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England. Her father, Henry E.B. Okonedo, was Nigerian. Her mother, Joan Allman, is from a Jewish family (they immigrated from Poland and Russia to England).
Gave birth to her only child — a daughter, Aoife Okonedo Martin — in June 1997, at age 28. Child’s father is her former boyfriend, Eoin Martin.
Attended and graduated from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
Invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2005.
In 2005, Okonedo became the first black actress since Angela Bassett in 1994 to receive an NAACP Image Award nomination for the same role in which she was nominated for an Oscar. Previous Oscar nominees Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Halle Berry and Queen Latifah were not nominated by the NAACP for the same roles.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
She won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, appearing on Broadway opposite Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun”. She later said that one of the best things about her Broadway debut was that she got to say she was “Denzel Washington’s wife”.