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SOPHIE OKONEDO played the female lead opposite Don Cheadle in 2005's critically acclaimed Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George. This exceptional film told the story of a heroic hotel owner who saved thousands of lives during the Rwanda genocide of the ‘90s. Her performance earned her an Oscar® nomination, a SAG nomination and NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where it was awarded the prestigious People's Choice Award.  After graduating from RADA Sophie spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and began her long running association with the Royal Court Theatre (where she is now on the Board of Directors) and with whom she appeared in more than ten plays. Her big break came when she joined Trevor Nunn and Jon Caird's company at the National Theatre to play the role of ‘Cressida' in "Troilus and Cressida”..  In 2002 she starred in the Award winning British film Dirty Pretty Things. Sophie's portrayal of ‘Juliette' earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Film Awards in 2003. Sophie also appeared in such hit films such as This Years Love, The Jackal, Young Soul Rebels, and Stormbreaker.

Okonedo's cutting edge television roles include her work with Paul Abbot and Tony Marchant: the Paul Abbot thriller/black comedy "Alibi,” and in the BBC series "Clocking Off”. Tony Marchant's "Never Never” for Channel 4 earned her a Best Actress nomination at the RTS Awards. She is also well known for her roles in "Whose Baby,” broadcast on ITV, the romantic comedy "Sweet Revenge”, "Dead Casual” and "Deep Secrets ". Okonedo also appeared in the hit drama "Go Now” and "Born with Two Mothers” for Channel 4. Television audiences most recently saw her in Harold Pinter's "Celebration” and in the hard hitting, emotional drama, "Tsunami: The Aftermath” for which she won an NAACP Image Award, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-series or Dramatic Special. 

Okonedo has recently finished filming the role of ‘Nancy' in the BBC's adaptation of "Oliver Twist”, and is currently filming "Skin” in South Africa. 

Okonedo makes her home in London.

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