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20 Popular African Actors and Actresses in Hollywood





Africa is and has produced talented people that are making Hollywood take notice of their talent and skills. These individuals are stepping their footprints on Hollywood Boulevard with their success. Many of them have been nominated and won Awards in TV and Film world. Let this list motivate and inspire you to put your own footprint in this world.


Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje

1. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Born: in 1967 from Nigerian parents

Work Profile: His popular films include Bourne Identity as Wombosi, The Mummy Returns, Lost, Oz, G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Samurai, Thor: The Dark World, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, among others. He is currently shooting Pompeii due in 2014.


Elize du Toit

2. Elize du Toit

Born: In Grahamstown 1981

Country: South Africa

Work Profile: Casualty, Doctor Who, Material Girl, Waking the Dead, Coronation Street, Waking the Dead, The Devil’s Chair and Skyfall.


lupita Nyong'o

3. Lupita Nyong’o

Born: In 1983

Country: grew up between Kenya and Mexico

Work Profile: She appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale. She worked on the production crew of many films, including Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener, with Ralph Fiennes, and Mira Nair’s The Namesake. She starred in the 2008 short film East River, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn, New York. 18th of January 2014 Lupita won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for her work in the film, 12 Years a Slave.


peter mensah

4. Peter Mensah

Born: In Accra 1959

Country: Ghana

Work Profile: He appeared Tears of the Sun, 300, Avatar, The Incredible Hulk, Hidalgo, and numerous TV series. The most popular of his TV acts remains to be his role in Starz productions Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its sequels, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Spartacus: Veangeance.


charlize theron

5. Charlize Theron

Born: In Benoni 1975

Country: South Africa

Work Profile: Modelling
She has appeared in The Devil’s Advocate, North Country, Cider House Rules, Mighty Joe Young, 15 Minutes, Hancock, White & the Huntsman, The Italian Job, Sleepwalking Monster and Prometheus among other movies. Her role in Monster saw her win the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Silver Bear, and Academy Award.


boris kodjoe

6. Boris Kodjoe

Born: from a father who hails from Nzema people in Ghana and his mother is Jewish

Work Profile: His popular acts are in Surrogates, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Evil Goes Global, The Gospel, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Brown Sugar.


Benu Mabhena

7. Benu Mabhena

Country: Zimbabwe

Work Profile: She acted as the wife of Djimon Hounsou in Blood Diamond. Other shows include Life on the Edge: A Global Crisis, Jazz Man, and Night Walkers.


Chipo Chung

8. Chipo Chung

Born: In 1977

Country: Tanzania

Work Profile: She appeared movies like Sunshine, In the Loop, Proof, 360 and numerous TV shows.


Liya Kebede

9. Liya Kebede

Born: In Addis Ababa

Country: Ethiopia

Work Profile: Modelling
Films: Lord of War, The Best Offer, Desert Flower, Capital, and the Good Shepherd. She is also featured in 2014 films The Being Experience, and 419.


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10. Chiwetelu Ejiofor

Born: In 1977

Country: Nigeria

Work Profile: Film: Deadly Voyage. Others are Amistad, G.M.T Greenwich Mean Time, Dirty Pretty Things, Twelfth Night, Love Actually, She Hate Me, Red Dust, Melinda and Melinda, Four Brothers, Serenity, Slow Burn, Kinky Burns, Inside Man, Children of Men, Tsunami: The Aftermath, Talk to Me, American Gangster, Salt, Twelve Years a Slave, and Half of a Yellow Sun among others. He has several nominations and international awards for his roles.


Rachel Mwanza

11. Rachel Mwanza

Born: In 1997

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Work Profile: She appeared in Kinshasa Kids. She has already won Best Actress awards at Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Vancouver Film Critics Circle, and Canadian Screen Awards for her role in Rebelle and her education is now being funded by Rebelle producers.



12. Prince David Osei

Born: December 6th

Country: Ghana

Work Profile: Prince David Osei was among the lead actors in the horror movie The Dead directed by Jon Ford and Howard Ford. The film was set in Ghana and Burkina Faso and features Rob Freeman, David Dontoh, and Ben Crow.


Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo

13. Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo

Born: To a Nigerian dad and Scottish mother

Work Profile: Her popular acts are in the films Metro, Perfume, Away We Go, Pride and Glory, The Brave One, The Avengers, and Alex Cross among others. She has also featured in numerous TV productions such as Zero Hour, Kidnapped, Law & Order, and Boycott.


Edi Gathegi

14. Edi Gathegi

Born: In Nairobi 1979

Country: Kenya

Work Profile: TV series: House, Lincoln Heights, Nikita, The Family Tools, C.S.I Miami, Beauty and the Beast and Red Widow. Movies: Gone Baby Gone, The Fifth Patient, Death Sentence, Twilight, Twilight Saga: New Moon Saga, X-Men: First Class, My Bloody Valentine, Atlas Shrugged, and Shiva and May.


david bailie

15. David Bailie

Born: In 1937

Country: South Africa

Work Profile: Pirates of the Caribbean (The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, and At World’s End), Gladiator and several other TV shows.


danai gurira

16. Danai Gurira

Born: In 1983 from Zimbabwean chemistry lecturer ( her father)

Work Profile: Her popular acts are her roles in The Visitor, The Walking Dead, Ghost Town, My Soul to Take, and Restless City. She has also starred in numerous TV series including Law and Order, Lie to Me, and The American Experience.


benjamin ochieng

17. Benjamin Ochieng

Born: In Nairobi

Country: Kenya

Work Profile: American Crude, The Disciple, and The Anatolian, Inception, and Tears of the Sun. TV series: General Hospital, The Terminal, The Shield and X-Files.


Sophie Okonedo

18. Sophie Okonedo

Born: In 1968

Country: Nigerian

Work Profile: Young Soul Rebels, Hotel Rwanda (which she got several nominations for her role in it), Skin, After Earth, The Secret Lives of the Bees, Martian Child and Ace Ventura 2. TV series include Tsunami: The Aftermath, Sinbad, Criminal Justice, and For Better or For Worse among others. She was honored with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 by Queen Elizabeth.


Djimon Hounsou

19. Djimon Hounsou

Born: In 1964

Country: Benin

Work Profile: Modelling
Appeared in music video for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson
Films: Without You I’m Nothing, Gladiator, ER, In America, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, and Blood Diamond and Fast and    Furious 7


Adhir Kalyan

20. Adhir Kalyan

Born: In Durban 1983

Country: South Africa

Work Profile: Holby City, MI-5, Up in the Air, Rules of Engagement, Youth in Revolt and No Strings Attached

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