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Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo is perhaps is best remembered for her arresting performance as the female lead opposite Don Cheadle in HOTEL RWANDA, directed by Terry George in which she helped tell a story of a heroic hotel owner who saved thousands of lives during the Rwanda genocide of the 90s.

Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination, as well as SAG, Critics Circle and NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She then starred in two films: SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE and STORMBREAKER, the story of a boy whose guardian dies in suspicious circumstances. Other film credits include WHOSE BABY, the romantic comedy SWEET REVENGE, DEAD CASUAL, DEEP SECRETS, alongside Michael Gambon and Colin Firth in Harold Pinter's CELEBRATION, and the Award winning British film DIRTY PRETTY THINGS.

Her portrayal of ‘Juliette' earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Film Awards in 2003. She also had roles in THIS YEARS LOVE, THE JACKAL, GO NOW and YOUNG SOUL REBELS.

Okonedo also co-stars in MARTIAN CHILD alongside John Cusack and Joan Cusack and later this year stars in the film SKIN. A film set in South Africa during the apartheid era which tells the true story of a black girl born to two white Afrikaner parents.

After graduating from RADA she spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company where she currently sits on the Board of Directors. Her big break came when she joined Trevor Nunn and Jon Caird's company at the National Theatre to play the role of ‘Cressida' in Troilus and Cressida.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Sophie Okonedo Facts

BirthdayJanuary 1, 1969 (54)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Sophie Okonedo compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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