Sophie Okonedo is an English actress best known for her mind-blowing roles in several films and TV series.
For her contributions in drama, she was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 in Queen’s Birthday Honours List and also Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2019 in Queen’s New Years Honours List.
Apart from these honors, she was nominated for Oscars’ Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her breakthrough role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in the film Hotel Rwanda in 2004.
Additionally, she has received several awards and recognitions for her roles in movies like AEon Flux, After Earth, Wall Street, Hell Boy, and many more.
Sophie Okonedo’s Bio
Sophie Okonedo was born on 11th August 1968 in London, England, UK.
Her father, Henry Okonedo, was a British Nigerian who worked as a government worker in England. He passed away in 2009. Her mother, Joan Allman, was a British Jew and was employed as a Pilates teacher. Her maternal grandparents were Yiddish-speaking, who had emigrated from Poland and Russia to the United Kingdom.
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When Sophie was five-years-old, her father left his family in 1973. Then, she was raised by her single mother in her mother’s Jewish faith.
After her parents’ separation, her mother brought her up in the Chalkhill Estate, a large council estate within the Wembley Park district of the London Borough of Brent.
Growing up in her family’s relative poverty, Sophie compromised for various facilities, but she always had books to read, which eventually developed an interest in the arts and entertainment industry.
Determined to pursue acting as a profession, she went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), one of the oldest and most renowned drama schools in London.
Later, she also graduated from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
After finishing her training, Sophie made her film debut by playing the role of Tracy Young Soul in 1991 at the age of 23. After that, she went to perform in several world-wide famous movies and theatrical dramas, which gained both fame and fortune.
Now, she is an accomplished actress with several honors and recognition.
Sophie Okonedo stands at the height of 5 feet and 8 inches (1.73 meters).
Husband & Daughter
Sophie Okonedo is not married, but she has a daughter named Aoife Okonedo Martin, born in June 1997 from her previous relationship with her former partner, Eoin Martin, an Irish film editor.
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After her relationship with Eoin, Sophie hadn’t chosen any husband for her. However, in 2016, during the filming of the BBC's TV series, Undercover, she spent holidays with her boyfriend in Cape Town, South Africa.
Though details of her boyfriend are unrevealed except the name as John, it was disclosed that the BBC paid using the license fee payers’ money for the couple’s business class flights so that they could enjoy whale-watching and wine tasting in Cape Town.
Sophie Okonedo with her Undercover co-star, Adrian Lester (Photo: BBC/ Des Willie)
However, it was kept behind the curtains what happened next in their relationship.