Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong'o
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Nyong'o at the New York Film Festival in 2013
BornLupita Amondi Nyong'o
(1983-03-01) 1 March 1983 (age 35)
Mexico City, Mexico
CitizenshipKenyan, Mexican
Alma materHampshire College, Yale School of Drama (MFA), Whittier College
OccupationActress, film director, music video director
Years active2004–present
Parent(s)Peter Anyang' Nyong'o (father)
Dorothy Nyong'o (mother)
RelativesIsis Nyong'o (cousin) Tavia Nyong'o (cousin)

Lupita Nyong'o (born 1983) is a Kenyan actress and filmmaker. The first American movie she acted in was 12 Years a Slave. In 2014 Nyong'o was nominated for the British Film Academy’s Rising Star Award.[1] She was on the cover of Dazed & Confuseds and W magazine's February 2014 issues.[2][3] Nyong'o was named the most beautiful in the world by PEOPLE magazine in April 2014.[4] She was also in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016).

Early life and career[change | change source]

Nyong'o was born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1983 to Dorothy and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. She was raised in Kenya.[5]

Nyong'o played a role in the 2009 Nigerian television show Shuga. She graduated from Yale's School of Drama in 2012.

Nyong’o was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave.[6] She won the award.[7] Nyong'o won the prize for Best Supporting Actress at the Critics' Choice Awards in 2014.[8] It was reported that Nyong'o said that her acting in 12 Years a Slave was inspired by Michael Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg.[9]

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