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1. Naomi Ackie

Actress | Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

Naomi Ackie was born on November 2, 1992 in Walthamstow, London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019), Lady Macbeth (2016) and The End of the F***ing World (2017).

2. Cynthia Erivo

Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale

Cynthia Erivo was born on January 8, 1987 in Stockwell, London, England as Cynthia Chinasaokwu O. Erivo. She is an actress, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Harriet (2019) and Widows (2018).

3. Ruth Negga

Actress | Loving

Ruth Negga was born on January 7, 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an actress and producer, known for Loving (2016), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005).

4. Cush Jumbo

Actress | The Good Wife

Cush Jumbo is a British Actress and Writer best known for playing Lucca Quinn in The Good Wife. She was Olivier nominated for the role of Marc Anthony in Phyllida Lloyd's all female production of Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse/St Anns Warehouse NYC) and won an Evening Standard Award for writing ...

5. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda (2004).

Okonedo was born within London in 1968. Her parents were Henry Okonedo (1939-2009) and Joan Allman. Her father was British Nigerian, ...

6. Thandiwe Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandiwe Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of Zimbabwean mother Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and British father Nick Newton, who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK, where she lived in ...

7. Naomie Harris

Actress | Moonlight

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

8. Nikki Amuka-Bird

Actress | Jupiter Ascending

Amuka-Bird was born in Nigeria, but grew up in the UK and in Antigua. She abandoned her dancing aspirations after suffering a back injury. After attending LAMDA, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst on tour with the RSC in Japan, she met her husband, actor Geoffrey Streatfield. In ...

9. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

10. Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actress | Without a Trace

Marianne Jean-Baptiste was born on April 26, 1967 in London, England as Marianne Ragipcien Jean-Baptiste. She is an actress and director, known for Without a Trace (2002), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Spy Game (2001). She has been married to Evan Williams since 1997. They have two children.

11. Marsha Thomason

Actress | White Collar

Marsha Thomason was born on January 19, 1976 in Manchester, England as Marsha Lisa Thomason. She is an actress, known for White Collar (2009), Safe House (2015) and Lost (2004). She has been married to Craig Sykes since April 5, 2009. They have one child.

12. Freema Agyeman

Actress | Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Sense8 (2015).

13. Nina Sosanya

Actress | Love Actually

Born in London, with a Nigerian father, Nina trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and gained A-levels in Performing Arts. Soon she was appearing as Desdemona in "Othello", Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", along with the title role in "Educating ...

14. Carmen Ejogo

Actress | Selma

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the ...

15. Zawe Ashton

Actress | Velvet Buzzsaw

Zawe Ashton is an actor, writer and director.

Her role as Vod in Channel 4's "Fresh Meat" won her a cult following, and the diversity of her work across television, film, and stage has attracted numerous accolades and awards.

Most recently, Zawe starred on Broadway in the critically acclaimed revival...

16. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

17. Rakie Ayola

Actress | Been So Long

Rakie Ayola was born in 1968 in Cardiff, Wales. She is an actress and producer, known for Been So Long (2018), Twelfth Night (2018) and No Offence (2015). She is married to Adam Smethurst. They have two children.

18. Clare-Hope Ashitey

Actress | Children of Men

Clare-Hope Ashitey was born on February 12, 1987 in Enfield, Middlesex, England as Clare-Hope Naa K. Ashitey. She is an actress, known for Children of Men (2006), Beyond the Gates (2005) and Exodus (2007).

19. Pippa Bennett-Warner

Actress | Gangs of London

Pippa Bennett-Warner was born on July 23, 1988 in Banbury, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Gangs of London (2020), Roadkill (2020) and Real (2019).

20. Nathalie Emmanuel

Actress | Fast & Furious 7

Nathalie Emmanuel is an English actress, known for her role as Missandei on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) and Ramsey in Furious 7 (2015).

Nathalie was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, to a father of Saint Lucian and English descent and a mother of Dominican origin. Nathalie ...

21. Antonia Thomas

Actress | The Good Doctor

Antonia Thomas is an English actress. She is best known for her work in the TV series Misfits, Lovesick and the The Good Doctor.

She studied for a Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2009, and then joined the National Youth Theatre.

Her acting debut was in ...

22. Adjoa Andoh

Actress | Invictus

Adjoa Andoh was born on January 14, 1963 in Bristol, England as Adjoa Aiboom Helen Andoh. She is an actress and writer, known for Invictus (2009), Bridgerton (2020) and Fractured (2019). She has been married to Howard Cunnell since March 2001. They have three children.

23. Lenora Crichlow

Actress | Fast Girls

Lenora Crichlow was born on January 4, 1985 in Westminster, London, England as Lenora Isabella Crichlow. She is an actress, known for Fast Girls (2012), Sugar Rush (2005) and Being Human (2008).

24. Alisha Bailey

Actress | Doctor Who

Alisha Bailey was born on April 13, 1987 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Grace (2021) and Save Me (2018).

25. Phina Oruche

Actress | The Forsaken

Completed shooting Taken Down a six part drama for RTE in Dublin. playing the role of dastardly Marvellous which garnered critical acclaim. Her one woman show called Identity Crisis debuted at International Edinburgh Festival and NYC Soho's Fringe festival garnered great five star reviews. She ...

26. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

27. Hannah John-Kamen

Actress | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys, Ornela in the HBO series Game of Thrones, F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, and Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hannah was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, ...

28. Wunmi Mosaku

Actress | His House

Wunmi Mosaku was born on July 31, 1986 in Zaria, Nigeria as Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku. She is an actress, known for His House (2020), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Lovecraft Country (2020).

29. Jade Anouka

Actress | Cleaning Up

Jade Anouka is an actress and director, known for Cleaning Up (2019), His Dark Materials (2019) and The Donmar Warehouse's All-Female Shakespeare Trilogy (2018).

30. Lolly Adefope

Actress | Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Lolly Adefope is an actress and writer, known for Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) and Sorry (2019).

32. Susan Wokoma

Actress | Enola Holmes

Susan was born in Southwark, London to Nigerian parents. Her television debut was at 14 years old as one of the eight children selected for CBBC's Serious Jungle (2002). Susan was a member of The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. At 18, whilst studying for her A Levels, she landed her first ...

33. Vinette Robinson

Actress | Sherlock

Vinette Robinson was born in 1981 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for Sherlock (2010), The A Word (2016) and Vera Drake (2004).



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