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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-ENGLISH " SOPHIE OKONEDO OBE " IS A BRITISH ACTRESS WHO RECEIVED AN OBE IN THE 2010 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONORS : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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                Sophie Okonedo


Sophie Okonedo
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Born11 August 1968 (age 46)
LondonUnited Kingdom
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1991 – present
Sophie OkonedoOBE (born 11 August 1968)[1][2][3] is a British actress. She received an OBE in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours.
Okonedo began her film career in 1991 in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels before appearing in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and Stephen FrearsDirty Pretty Things (2002). She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. She received a Golden Globe nomination for the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009) and the TV film Mrs. Mandela(2010). Her other film roles include Æon Flux (2005), Skin (2008) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008).
On stage, she starred as Cressida in the 1999 National Theatre production of Troilus and Cressida. She made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Playand won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Ruth Younger.

Early life

Okonedo was born in London, the daughter of Joan (née Allman), a pilates teacher, and Henry Okonedo (1939–2009), who worked for the government.[4] Her father was Nigerian, and her mother, an Ashke nazi Jew, was born in the East End. Okonedo's maternal grandparents, who spoke Yiddish, were from families that emigrated from Poland and Russia. Okonedo was brought up in her mother's Jewish faith.[5][6][7] When she was five years old, her father left the family, and she was brought up in relative poverty by her single mother ("but we always had books", she has said).[8]

Career

Okonedo trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[9] She has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre and audio drama. She performed in Scream of the Shalka, a webcast based on the BBC television series Doctor Who as Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor. As well as providing the character's voice, Okonedo's likeness was used for the animation of the character. In 2010, Okonedo portrayed Liz Ten (Queen Elizabeth X) in the BBC TV SeriesDoctor Who episodes "The Beast Below" and again briefly in "The Pandorica Opens".
Okonedo played the role of Jenny in Danny Brocklehurst's BAFTA nominated episode of Paul Abbott's series Clocking Off. She also played the part of Tulip Jones in the filmStormbreaker (2006) and Nancy in the 2007 television adaptation of Oliver Twist. She is also known for playing the part of the Wachati Princess in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
She was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda and nominated for a Golden Globe for a Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Tsunami: The Aftermath.
She played alongside Queen LatifahJennifer HudsonAlicia Keys and Dakota Fanning as May Boatwright, a woman who struggles with depression, in the film The Secret Life of Bees (2008); opposite Sam Neill and Alice Krige as Sandra Laing in Skin (2009), and portrayed Winnie Mandela in the BBC drama Mrs Mandela broadcast in January 2010.[10]
She appears on Broadway in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun as Ruth Younger. The play opened in April 2014. She won the Tony Award, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for this role, beating out co-star and fellow nominee Anika Noni Rose.[11][12]

Honours

Okonedo was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours.[13]

Personal life

Okonedo has one child named Aoife, from a previous relationship. They live in Muswell Hill, London. On her heritage, Sophie says, "I feel as proud to be Jewish as I feel to be black" and calls her daughter an "Irish, Nigerian Jew".[14]
Her father Henry died on 22 July 2009 in OrlandoFlorida, USA.

Awards and nominations

  • Academy Awards
    • 2004, Best Supporting Actress (Hotel Rwanda) [nominated]
  • BAFTA TV Awards
    • 2010, Best Leading Actress (Mrs Mandela) [nominated]
    • 2010, Best Supporting Actress (Criminal Justice) [nominated]
  • Black Reel Awards
    • 2005, Best Actress-Drama (Hotel Rwanda) [winner]
    • 2008, Best Ensemble (The Secret Life of Bees) [nominated]
    • 2008, Best Supporting Actress (The Secret Life of Bees) [nominated]
    • 2010, Best Actress (Skin) [nominated]
  • British Independent Film Awards
    • 2003, Best Supporting Actress (Dirty Pretty Things) [nominated]
    • 2009, Best Actress (Skin) [nominated]
  • Golden Globes
    • 2007, Best Actress in a Mini-Series/Television Movie (Tsunami: The Aftermath) [nominated]
  • Hollywood Film Festival
    • 2008, Ensemble Acting of the Year (The Secret Life of Bees) [winner]
  • Image Awards
    • 2005, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Hotel Rwanda) [nominated]
    • 2007, Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Mini-Series (Tsunami: the Aftermath) [winner]
    • 2009, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (The Secret Life of Bees) [nominated]
    • 2010, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Skin) [nominated]
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
    • 2005, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Hotel Rwanda) [nominated]
    • 2005, Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture (Hotel Rwanda) [nominated]
  • Tony Award
    • 2014, Best Featured Actress in a Play (A Raisin in the Sun) [winner]

Filmography

Films
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Young Soul RebelsTracy
1993Age of TreasonNiobe(TV film)
1994The GovernorMoira Levitt(TV series)
1995Go NowPaula
1995Ace Ventura: When Nature CallsThe Wachati Princess
1996Staying AliveKelly Booth(TV series)
1996Deep SecretsHoney(TV film)
1997The JackalJamaican Girl
1999This Year's LoveDenise
1999Mad CowsRosy
2000In DefenceBernie Kramer(TV series)
2000PeachesPippa
2000Never NeverJo Weller(TV film)
Nominated – Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor- Female
2001Sweet RevengeEllen(TV film)
2002Clocking OffJenny Wood(TV series; 1 episode)
2002Dead CasualDonna(TV film)
2002Dirty Pretty ThingsJuliette
2003Cross My HeartMarsee
2003The Inspector Lynley MysteriesEve Bowen(TV series; Series 2, Episode 2 "In The Presence of the Enemy" )
2003SpooksAmanda Roke(TV series; 1 episode)
2003AlibiMarcey Burgess(TV film)
2003Doctor Who: Scream of the ShalkaAlison Cheney(Animated story; 6 episodes)
2004Hotel RwandaTatiana RusesabaginaBlack Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – London Critics Circle Film Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004Whose Baby?Karen Jenkins(TV film)
2005Born With Two MothersLucretia Bridges(TV film)
2005Æon FluxSithandra
2006CelebrationSonia(TV film)
2006StormbreakerMrs Jones
2006Scenes of a Sexual NatureAnna
2006Tsunami: The AftermathSusie Carter(TV mini-series)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated – Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
2007Martian ChildSophie
2007Oliver TwistNancy(TV mini-series)
2008The Secret Life of BeesMay BoatwrightNominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2008SkinSandra LaingNominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2009Father & SonConnie Turner(TV mini-series; 4 episodes)
2009Criminal JusticeJackie 'Jack' Wolf(TV mini-series; 5 episodes)
Nominated – BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010Mrs MandelaWinnie Mandela(TV film)
Nominated – BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress
2010Doctor WhoLiz Ten(TV series; 2 episodes)
2011The SlapAisha(TV series; current)
2012SinbadRazia(TV series)
2013MaydayFiona(TV series)
2013After EarthFaia Raige
2013The Escape ArtistMargaret 'Maggie' Gardner(TV series)