Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo


1/1/1969, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Sophie Okonedo


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Born in London England, Sophie Okonedo was born to a Nigerian father and a English Jewish mother. She was raised by her mother after her parents divorced when she was five. When she was 18, she registered at the Royal Court Theatre for a writing class and became…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005 at the Screen Actors Guild Awards she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the movie Hotel Rwanda shared with Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, and Joaquin Phoenix.

    • In 2007 at the Image Awards she won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for Tsunami: The Aftermath.

    • In 2001 she was nominated for a RTS Television Award for the movie

    • At the MTV Movie Awards in 1996 she was nominated for Best Kiss for the movie Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls shared with Jim Carey.

    • In 2006 at the Image Awards she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Hotel Rwanda.

    • At the Golden Globe Awards in 2007 she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for the Tsunami: The Aftermath.

    • In 2003 at the British Independent Film Awards she was nominated for Best Supporting Actor/Actress for the movie Dirty Pretty Things.

    • In 2005 at the Black Reel Awards she won the award for Best Actress, Drama for the movie Hotel Rwanda.

    • At the Academy Awards she was nominated in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the movie Hotel Rwanda.

    • Sophie lives in Muswell Hill, London with her daughter.

    • Okonedo attended Cambridge University.

    • In 2005 she was invited to join AMPAS.

    • Sophie was raised by her Jewish mother.

  • Quotes

    • Sophie: When I do things that aren't very good, I'm worse as an actor. I don't know what I pick up - but it's something not very nice.

    • (On being asked what she knew about Rwandan genocide when she took the role in the movie Hotel Rwanda)
      Sophie: Well, not very much. I mean, I knew a bit. I remember it being on the news. But, the reports I remember mostly were about the mass exodus of the Hutus at the end of the genocide, which sort of recapped what had happened. I mean, I was hearing some stuff. I did take it in. But, when I read the script, I realized I knew nothing. And it's rather a shame how it passed me by.

    • Sophie: I'm drawn to stories about ordinary people who get tangled up in an extraordinary event or idea or emotion. I'm not saying I don't love films about super-people or super-doctors, but 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: I'd hate to lose the character actress part of me, because, by God, the parts are much more interesting. As a black actress all I was offered in British film was the best friend role, whereas in TV I was offered a whole spectrum of parts. I'd love to be able to follow that through into my newly-formed film career which I didn't expect to get at 36!

    • Sophie: But I'm pretty secure about who I am. Anything that's truthful I'm not ashamed of.

    • Sophie: I don't like going for more than a year without doing theatre. I don't mind falling flat on my face so long as I feel I'm open to the possibility of something extraordinary happening.

  • Nigerian-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo has shown increasing versatility in a divergent career.

    Although often a victim of lazily stereotypical 'racial' casting, Nigerian-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo has shown increasing versatility in a divergent career. However, despite an Oscar nomination, she still seems poised on the verge of true recognition. Born on 1st January 1969, she trained at RADA after attending Cambridge, and made her big-screen debut in Isaac Julien's ambitious but unsuccessful Young Soul Rebels (UK/France/Germany/Spain, 1991). She then had small parts in such TV staples as Casualty (BBC, 1991) and The Bill (ITV, 1994) before being offered a more significant supporting role in Michael Winterbottom's multiple sclerosis drama Go Now (BBC, 1995). http://sophieokonedo.commoreless