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Top 10 Hottest And Most Popular African Actresses

There is no continent as blessed as Africa. We count blessings such as a myriad tourist attraction, diversity of culture, peace and stability, agricultural prosperity, generous people and last but not least, beautiful women. This article attempts to bring to our knowledge some of the hottest and popular African actresses who grace our scenes from time to time.

These stunners are quite famous for their astonishing acting talent, beautiful faces, sexy bodies and likable personalities. It will surprise you that most of them are also well educated in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.

Hottest and Popular African Actresses

Name Nationality
Lupita Nyong’o Kenyan
Kandyse McClure South Africa
Thandie Newton Zimbabwean
Ella Thomas Eritrean
Megalyn Echikunwoke Nigerian
Michelle Van Der Water South African
Lydia Kebede Ethiopian
Gugu Mbatha-Raw South African
Azie Tesfai Ethiopian/ Eritrean
Charlize Theron South African

Lupita Nyong’o

Being black does not mean that you have to be unattractive. This statement has been proved by this beautiful actress hailing from Kenya. Lupita has a finely sculpted body and a beautiful face to top it all. She has graced the covers of many magazines due to her stunning looks.

Not only is she an actress, but also a filmmaker, who has won many accolades due to her enviable acting skills. She shot to fame for taking part in movies such as Non-Stop, Shuga, Queen of Katwe, Star Wars and last but not least, the famous 12 years a slave which earned her an Oscar nomination. This saw her take home the prize for Best Supporting Actress.

Being one of the hottest actresses in Africa enabled her to be named as the most beautiful woman in the world in 2014, by the famous People Magazine. That is quite indisputable.

Kandyse McClure

Born in Durban South Africa, this beautiful 36-year-old lass is famed for her role as Dr.Clementine Chasseur on Netflix’s original series ‘Hemlock Grove’. She has also had a role on the Science- Fiction channel’s ‘Battlestar Galactica’, Romeo Must Die, Seventh Son, See Spot Run, Careful What You Wish For, among many others. Her stunning looks have a way of leaving fans glued to the screen every time movies she has taken part come on air.

She is also known for her social work, having taken part in many charity events.

Thandie Newton

Despite being 43 years old, Thandie Newton, just like fine wine, has matured with age. Her dashing looks and hot body are quite enviable for a person of her age. Having started her acting career at the age of 16, her star has continued to shine.

This Zimbabwean actress has made appearances in numerous films such as, For Colored Girls Only, Good Deeds, Norbit, Retreat, 2012, and the famous Mission Impossible II among others.

Ella Thomas

Hottest and Popular African Actresses


Born to an Eritrean mother and an American father, Ella is quite endowed in the looks department. Her flawless skin, shapely body, and stunning looks make it hard not to recognize this actress, whether taking part in a minor or major role.

She has taken part in minor roles in shows such as Parenthood and Castle. Ella has also starred in recognizable roles such as Agent Deborah on CSI; NY. She has also had a major role acting as P. Diddy’s fiancée on the famous HBO production, ‘Entourage’, 7th Heaven, Las Vegas and Point of Entry.

Apart from acting and modeling, she also edits for magazines such as Glamour, ELLE, Vogue and Levi’s among others.

Megalyn Echikunwoke

Megalyn born and bred in the United States of America is quite the looker. She has strong roots in Africa, because of her Nigerian father. Her beautiful face and a shapely body have enabled her fall easily in the category of the hottest African actresses.

This 33-year-old actress has starred in movies such as;  House of Lies, 90210, The 4400, Who Do You Love?, A Good Day To Die and last but not least, Damsels in Distress.

Michelle Van Der Water

As unforgettable as her name is, so are her stunning looks. Her perfect smile, alluring body, and beautiful face are a plus to her acting career. This South African actress has taken part in movies and television series such as Melrose Place, NCIS: Los Angeles, Castle. She was born in South Africa and raised in Australia.

Liya Kebede

Black is beautiful. A single glance at this 38-year-old Ethiopian actress is enough to affirm this statement. Apart from being an actress, Liya is a high fashion model, a designer, and a health advocate. This has made her one of the most successful celebrities not only in Africa but also in the rest of the world. She has also graced the covers of Paris Italian, American, and Spanish Vogue.

Being the face on advert campaigns for major brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint- Laurent, Estee Lauder and last but not least, Tommy Hilfiger, is enough to speak for her looks. Her bank account tells of all her success.

Lord of War, Samba, Black Gold are among the movies which depict her astute acting skills. As if that is not enough, she was named as the highest paid actress in 2007.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Daughter of Dr. Patrick Mbatha, a South African, this 33-year-old British actress is immensely hot and beautiful. She was brought up by her mother, Ann Raw, in the United Kingdom after her parents split up when she was barely in the school going age.

She is famous for her television roles on, Bad Girls, Doctor Who, Beauty and the Beast, Beyond the Lights, God Particle, Larry Crowne and Concussion among many others.

Azie Tesfai

Talking of beauty and brains, Azie Tesfai is the whole package.  She is not only one of the hottest African actresses, but also one of the most educated of them all. She holds a degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and has also attended professional acting classes.

This Ethiopian/ Eritrean actress cum model resides in the United States of America. Some of her recognized works include; Jane the Virgin, Law & Order, Wicked Wicked Games, Melrose Place and last but not least, Franklin & Bash.

Charlize Theron

Hottest and Popular African Actresses

Charlize is among the hottest African actresses we have on the continent. Her beautiful face, shapely body and flawless skin make one doubt whether she really is 40 years old. She hails from c but resides in the USA. She has won numerous awards in her acting career which began back in 1995. Some of her notable works include; Mighty Young Joe, Mad Max, The Italian Job, Hancock, and The Devil’s Advocate among others.

This international star has achieved a lot of fame and recognition as an actress as well as a model. I guess it really pays to be beautiful.



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