10 World-Famous Actors and Actresses That Have Nigerian Root

These are world-famous actors who have Nigerian roots. This list was made available by

1. Adetomiwa Edun


A British, Nigerian and Ghanaian actor best known for his role as Sir Elyan in the television show ‘Merlin’. Lagos-born actor speaks English, French and Yoruba.

2. Dayo Okeniyi


Raised in Lagos, Dayo Okeniyi, the youngest of five siblings, moved from Nigeria with his family to the United States. The actor is popularly known for playing the roles in ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Terminator Genisys’.

3. Caroline Chikezie


Born in England to Nigerian parents, Caroline Chikezie was expected to take over her father’s hospital in Nigeria, but she decided to become an actress. She is best known for playing in comedy-drama series ‘As If’ and movie ‘Æon Flux’.

4. Nonso Anozie


Nonso Anozie is an English actor of Nigerian descent. Apart from movies, he was cast to play in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Dracula’.

5. Sophie Okonedo


Born from Nigerian father and Jewish mother, Sophie Okonedo is a British actress and singer. She has played in such great movies as ‘Æon Flux’, ‘Mrs. Mandela’, ‘Skin’ and many more.


6. John Boyega


A British actor was born in London to Nigerian parents. John Boyega is best known for his 2011 film debut ‘Attack the Block’. He will play in the upcoming 2015 film ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

7. Ashley Madekwe


Born in London, Ashley Madekwe has a Nigerian father and an English mother. She is best known for her roles in drama series ‘Revenge’ and America series ‘Salem’.

8. Uzo Aduba


Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba is an American actress who is known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the television series ‘Orange Is the New Black’. Her parents are both Nigerians of Igbo origin.

9. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje


Former fashion model of Yoruba origin, Akinnuoye-Agbaje is best known for his roles in ‘The Mummy Returns’, ‘The Bourne Identity’, and in TV series ‘Lost’ and ‘Oz’.

10. David Oyelowo


David Oyelowo was born in Oxford to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ethnicity. He has played supporting roles in the films ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Middle of Nowhere’, ‘Lincoln, and ‘The Butler’.


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