Lupita Nyong'o (born 1983) is a Kenyan actress and filmmaker. The first American movie she acted in was 12 Years a Slave. In 2014 Nyong'o was nominated for the British Film Academy’s Rising Star Award. She was on the cover of Dazed & Confuseds and W magazine's February 2014 issues. Nyong'o was named the most beautiful in the world by PEOPLE magazine in April 2014. She was also in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016).
Nyong'o at the New York Film Festival in 2013
|Born||Lupita Amondi Nyong'o|
1 March 1983
Mexico City, Mexico
|Alma mater||Hampshire College, Yale School of Drama (MFA), Whittier College|
|Occupation||Actress, film director, music video director|
|Parent(s)||Peter Anyang' Nyong'o (father)|
Dorothy Nyong'o (mother)
|Relatives||Isis Nyong'o (cousin) Tavia Nyong'o (cousin)|
Early life and careerEdit
Nyong'o played a role in the 2009 Nigerian television show Shuga. She graduated from Yale's School of Drama in 2012.
Nyong’o was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave. She won the award. Nyong'o won the prize for Best Supporting Actress at the Critics' Choice Awards in 2014. It was reported that Nyong'o said that her acting in 12 Years a Slave was inspired by Michael Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg.