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Sophie Okonedo


“My preference is for stories about how we get through this life, what it is to be human, because I'm always struggling with it myself. ”



Sophie Okonedo, OBE (born 1968) is an Oscar-nominated British actress and singer, who has starred in both successful British and American productions. In 1991, she made her acting debut in the British critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama, Young Soul Rebels. In 2004, she gained critical acclaim for her role as Tatiana Rusesbagina, the wife of Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, in the genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda.

The role earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the second Black British actress to be nominated for an Oscar, and the third black Briton to be nominated for an Oscar. (Marianne Jean Baptiste was the first black british actress to be nominated in 1996, Jaye Davidson was the first black british actor to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor).

Okonedo trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre, and audio drama. She… read more


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