Tony and Evening Standard Theatre Award-winning, and Academy, BAFTA & Olivier Award-nominated actress Sophie Okonedo was born in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Okonedo has worked in various media, including film, television, theatre, and audio drama. She received an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours and received a CBE on 26th February 2019 by Her Majesty The Queen.
Okonedo began her film career in 1991 in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebel before appearing as Wachati Princess in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things (2002). She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. Okonedo also received a Golden Globe nomination for the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and BAFTA TV Award nominations for the drama series Criminal Justice (2009).