Date of Birth : Jan 1st 1969
Okonedo, who is Black and Jewish, was born in London. Her mother is Jewish, and her father is Nigerian. Her father left the family a few years after her birth, and Okonedo was raised in poverty by her single mother.
Okonedo trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre, and audio drama.
She performed in Scream of the Shalka — a webcast based on the BBC television series Doctor Who — as Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor. As well as providing the character’s voice, Okonedo’s likeness was used for the animation of the character.
She was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for her role in Hotel Rwanda and nominated for a Golden Globe for a Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Tsunami: The Aftermath.