Lupita Nyong'o


Born: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico


An actress, film and music video director of dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship. After graduating from Hampshire College with a bachelors degree in film and theater studies, Nyongo worked as a production assistant on several Hollywood films. In 2008 she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga (2009). Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary film In My Genes. Nyongo later completed a masters degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama, followed by her first feature film role in Steve McQueens historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013). Her role in the film was widely acclaimed, earning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, among numerous other awards and nominations. In 2014, she was named The Most Beautiful Woman by People.

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