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12 Hollywood Stars That Are Actually From Africa

It is easy to watch the movies and see someone that we love on the screen either with a black skin or white skin and not even know that we share the same nationality with them. There are some Hollywood stars that have been able to carve a niche for themselves in the number one movie industry of the world as Africans, see some of them for yourself!

PETER MENSAH

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He is one of the biggest black actors in Hollywood today having played roles on box office hits like “Avatar,” “Spartacus,” “300,” “The Incredible Hulk” but we bet most of you didn’t know that he actually roots from Ghana before relocating abroad and later went on to become a film star.

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR

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Born in England to Nigerian parents, he starred in many classic Hollywood movies like “12 Years A Slave,” “The Martian,” “Z For Zachariah,” with the latest being “Triple 9.” How cool can this dude be?

CHARLIZE THERON

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Hollywood actress Charlize Theron is known for her roles in blockbuster movies like “The Devil’s Advocate,” “North Country,” “Prometheus,” “Monster,” among many others but many of her fans do not know that she is actually South African born and grew up in South Africa with her first language being Afrikaans.

IDRIS ELBA

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Idris Elba might have lived most of his life in England but the fact remains that his father is from Sierra Leone while his mother is from Ghana. He starred in the highly acclaimed movie “Beasts of No Nation,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Luther,” to mention but a few.

DJIMON HOUNSOU

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He used to be a model before quitting the runways to act in “Gladiator,” “Furious 7,” “Blood Diamond” among some other blockbuster releases.While we love his incredible acting skills, we just need to take a moment to remind you that he was born in Cotonu, Benin.

SOPHIE OKONEDO

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Although this star actress holds a British citizenship, her father is actually from Nigeria while her mother is Jewish. She has starred in movies such as “Hotel Rwanda,” “After Earth,” “The Secret Life Of Bees,” “Sinbad,” among a host of many others and was actually conferred with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 by Queen Elizabeth.

LUPITA NYONG’O

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Oscar award winning actress, Lupita stole the hearts of many across the globe when she starred in the movie “12 Years A Slave” and has since gone on to feature in movies like“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Jungle Book,” and “The Queen of Kwate.” Lupita is of Mexican and Kenyan descent and is currently repping Africa in Hollywood.

JOHN BOYEGA

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John Boyega is a British actor best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens but he was actually born to Nigerian parents and has movies like “Half Of A Yellow Sun,” “Attack The Block,” “Imperial Dreams” among others to his name.

SIENNA MILLER

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A model, fashion designer and an actress, Sienna was born in New York but had a South African model mother even though she is widely acclaimed to be British American. She has starred in moves like “GI Joe: Rise Of The Cobra,” “American Sniper” and “Factory Girl.”

EDI MUE GATHEGI

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Although he grew up in California, Edia was born in Kenya and has starred in movies likes“Gone Baby Gone,” “Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “X-Men: First Class.” In 2011, he was nominated for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Franco Wicks in the Geffen Playhouse production of “Superior Donuts.”

BENJAMIN OCHIENG

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You probably remember him from “The X-files,” “The Shield,” “The Terminal,” but how about you add that he is Kenyan born to the things you know about him?

DANAI GURIRA

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This Hollywood diva is from Zimbabwe and has been able to carve a niche for herself in Hollywood with roles in movies like Lie to Me, Law and Order, The Visitor, Ghost Townand My Soul to Take, but is probably best known for her role as the sword-wielding character Michonne on the AMC series The Walking Dead.

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