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Lupita Nyong'o

1983-03-01 Mexico City, Mexico

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Lupita Amondi Nyong'o (born 1 March 1983) is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and author. She began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009–2012). In 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She then pursued a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. She had her first feature film role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Academy Award. She made her Broadway debut as a teenage orphan in the play Eclipsed (2015), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She went on to perform a motion capture role as Maz Kanata in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019) and a lead voice role as Raksha in The Jungle Book (2016). Her career progressed with her role as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018) and her starring role in Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed horror film Us (2019). In addition to acting, she supports historic preservation. She is vocal about preventing sexual harassment and working for women's and animal rights. In 2014, she was named the most beautiful woman by People. She has also written a children's book named Sulwe (2019), which became a number-one New York Times Best-Seller. Also in 2019, she narrated the Discovery Channel docu-series Serengeti, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Narrator. She was named among Africa's "50 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes in 2020. Description above is from the Wikipedia article Lupita Nyong'o, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


The Wild Robot Roz (voice) 2024-09-12
A Quiet Place: Day One Samira 2024-06-26
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Self 2023-02-08
Disney 100: A Century of Dreams - A Special Edition of 20/20 Self 2023-12-14
20/20 Presents Black Panther: In Search of Wakanda Self 2022-11-04
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Nakia 2022-11-09
The 355 Khadijah Adiyeme 2022-01-05
Who Are You, Charlie Brown? Narrator (voice) 2021-06-25
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Self 2021-11-20
Black Is King 2020-07-31
Worlds Beyond Earth Narrator (voice) 2020-01-21
One World: Together at Home Self 2020-04-18
Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King Self (archive footage) 2020-08-30
Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong'o Host 2019-10-23
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Maz Kanata 2019-12-18
Little Monsters Miss Caroline 2019-08-29
Us Adelaide Wilson / Red 2019-03-14
Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift Self 2019-09-06
Jack (Part 1) Giant 2018-04-19
My Africa Narrator (voice) 2018-04-20
Black Panther Nakia 2018-02-13
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Maz Kanata 2017-12-13
August 28: A Day in the Life of a People Self 2017-08-26
The Jungle Book Raksha (voice) 2016-04-07
Queen of Katwe Nakku Harriet 2016-09-23
Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey Self 2016-04-16
Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special Self 2016-02-21
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Maz Kanata 2015-12-15
Star Wars: Greatest Moments Self 2015-12-26
Non-Stop Gwen 2014-02-26
12 Years a Slave Patsey 2013-10-18
East River 2009-01-01
This Is My Africa Self 2008-04-01
Born a Crime Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah
Miss Universe