Sophie Okonedo was born in London, England. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is English and Jewish. At the age of 18 she enrolled at the Royal Court Theatre for a writing class and she began to get involved in acting there as well. Sophie received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) where she graduated at the age of 22. After graduating she appeared in various British stage plays including "His Lordship’s Fancy," "I Just Stopped By To See The Man," "Been So Long," "The Changing" and "The Arabian Nights." Her stage breakthrough came in 1999, when she portrayed Cressida in Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" at the Royal National Theatre.
Sophie's feature film credits include "Go Now," "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls," "The Jackal," "Dirty Pretty Things" and "Hotel Rwanda." Her telefilm credits include "Age Of Treason," "Deep Secrets" and "Dead Casual." In 2005 Sophie received a Screen Actors Guild nomination and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Hotel Rwanda."
Sophie has guest starred such British television shows such as "Casualty," "The Bill," "Spooks" and "Table 12." She’s starred in various British television shows including "Staying Alive," "The Governor," "In Defence" and "Clocking Off."
Sophie is currently on the Board of Directors at the Royal Court Theatre where she‘s involved in board meetings, social events, fundraising and negotiating the direction of the Court. She’s also involved in the workshops there as well.
Sophie has a daughter, Aoife.
Sophie's film credits include the following:
- Stringbean and Marcus (2007)
- Tsunami (2006)(Tv Movie)
- Black Water Transit (2006)
- Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)
- Stormbreaker (2006)
- The Martian Child (2006)
- Aeon Flux (2005)
- Born With Two Mothers (2005)(Tv Movie)
- Whose Baby? (2004)(Tv Movie)
- Hotel Rwanda (2004)
- Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003)(Tv Miniseries)(Voice)
- Cross My Heart (2003)
- Alibi (2003)(Tv Movie)
- The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: In The Presence of the Enemy (2003)(Tv Movie)
- Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
- Dead Casual (2002)(Tv Movie)
- Once Seen (2001)
- Sweet Revenge (2001)(Tv Movie)
- Never Never (2000)(Tv Movie)
- Peaches (2000)
- Mad Cows (1999)
- This Year's Love (1999)
- The Jackal (1997)
- Deep Secrets (1996)(Tv Movie)
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
- Go Now (1995)
- Age Of Treason (1991)(Tv Movie)
- Young Soul Rebels (1991)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Sophie:
Sophie Okonedo@Internet Movie Database
Sophie Okonedo's Performance History
Sophie Okonedo Profile & Interview
Enchante: The Sophie Okonedo Fanlisting
Sophie Okonedo News
Sophie Okonedo News, Interviews & Updates