SOPHIE OKONEDO (Faia Raige) is a multi-faceted actress who continues to expand her repertoire of characters by working in feature films, television and theater in both the United States and Great Britain.
Born in London and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the talented actress earned her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Hotel Rwanda. She has since starred in such films as Dirty Pretty Things, Aeon Flux, opposite Charlize Theron, Stormbreaker, Martian Child, Scenes Of A Sexual Nature, and the highly acclaimed The Secret Life of Bees with Dakota Fanning which won the Hollywood Film Award for Best Ensemble Acting in 2008. More recently, she was in the British independent feature Skin, where she was nominated by BAFTA for her performance, and played the title role in the BBC's Mrs. Mandela, where she earned another BAFTA nomination as Best Actress. Some of her other features include This Year's Love, The Jackal, Go Now, and Young Soul Rebels.
On the small screen, Okonedo has starred in many television productions, including "Tsunami: The Aftermath," where she won the NAACP Image Award as Outstanding Actress and was honored with a Golden Globe nomination, "Criminal Justice" where she earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Supporting Actress, and "Never Never," among others.
On stage, Okonedo has worked closely with the Royal Court Theater, where she has worked with some of the most well-known contemporary writers, including Caryl Churchill, Joe Penhall, and Martin Crimp. She has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including productions of "A Jovial Crew," "The Odyssey," "Tamburlaine The Great," and "The Changeling," and The National Theatre, where she starred as Cressida in Trevor Nunn's production of "Troilus and Cressida."
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