Biography

An actress, film and music video director of dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship. After graduating from Hampshire College with a bachelor's degree in film and theater studies, Nyong'o 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. Nyong'o later completed a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama, followed by her first feature film role in Steve McQueen's 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.

An actress, film and music video director of dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship. After graduating from Hampshire College with a bachelor's degree in film and theater studies, Nyong'o 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. Nyong'o later completed a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama, followed by her first feature film role in Steve McQueen's 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 32

Birthday 1983-03-01

Place of Birth Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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Also Known As

  • Лупита Нионго
  • 루피타 니옹
  • Lupita Amondi Nyong'o

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Americanah (1 episode) as Ifemelu
Miss Universe
Born a Crime as Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah
Untitled Lupita Nyong'o/Rihanna Project
My Africa as Herself (voice)
2022 Black Panther II as Nakia
2021 355
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as Maz Kanata
2019 Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong'o as Host
2019 Little Monsters as Miss Caroline
2019 Us as Adelaide Wilson / Red
2019 Desus & Mero (1 episode) as Herself - Illustrious Guest
2018 Black Panther as Nakia
2018 2 Dope Queens (1 episode) as Self
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Maz Kanata
2017 August 28: A Day in the Life of a People as Herself
2016 Queen of Katwe as Nakku Harriet
2016 Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey as Herself
2016 The Jungle Book as Raksha (voice)
2016 Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special as Herself
2015 Star Wars: Greatest Moments
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Maz Kanata
2015 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (1 episode) as Herself
2015 Nature Is Speaking (1 episode) as Flower
2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (1 episode) as Herself
2015 Lip Sync Battle (1 episode)
2014 Non-Stop as Gwen
2013 12 Years a Slave as Patsey
2009 East River
2008 This Is My Africa as Herself
1997 The View (2 episodes) as Herself

Production

Americanah (1 episode)Producer (1 episode)Executive Producer
Miss Universe Producer
Born a Crime Producer
2009 In My Genes Executive Producer

Creator

Americanah Creator

Editing

2009 In My Genes Editor

Directing

2009 In My Genes Director

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