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Mix Up Star: LUPITA NYONG'O


Age: 38

Birthday: 1st March


Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. The daughter of a Kenyan politician, Nyong'o was born in Mexico City, where her father was teaching, and was raised in Kenya from age one. She attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor's degree in film and theatre studies from Hampshire College.



Nyong'o 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). Also 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. Soon after her graduation, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen's biographical period drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


Nyong'o 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). Nyong'o's career progressed with her role as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018).





Aside from acting, Nyong'o supports historic preservation. She is vocal about preventing sexual harassment, working for women's and animal rights. Nyong'o has also written a children's book named Sulwe (2019). Also in 2019, Nyong'o narrated the Discovery Channel docu-series Serengeti, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Narrator.






ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 1 WIN: 1

2014 - WINNER: Best Supporting Actress: 12 YEARS A SLAVE


BAFTA AWARD NOMINATIONS: 1

2014 - Best Supporting Actress: 12 YEARS A SLAVE


GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS: 1

2014 - Best Supporting Actress: 12 YEARS A SLAVE



How do you rate Lupita Nyong'o's films?












 

WATCH LUPITA NYONG'O THIS WEEK




ON TV:


Serengeti II

Sunday 12th September, BBC1, 4:35pm

Nyong'o narrates this wildlife series.


ON NETFLIX...

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

Nyong'o reads her own book, Sulwe, in this series celebrating black authors.



ON AMAZON PRIME...

FILM: Non-Stop (2014) (Age 12)

Nyong'o stars as a stewardess in this hijacked airplane thriller.



ON DISNEY+


FILM: Black Panther (2018) (Age 12)

Nyong'o stars in this massively popular entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe




What's your favourite Lupita Nyong'o performance?







 

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