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Lupita Nyong'o Biography

Birth Place:
Mexico City, Mexico
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Her father, Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, is a high-ranking Kenyan politician
  • Played Juliet at the Phoenix Theatre in Kenya when she was 14
  • Spent a year in Mexico learning Spanish during high school
  • Worked as Ralph Fiennes' assistant when he was in Kenya shooting The Constant Gardener (2005)
  • Landed the role of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2012) three weeks before graduating from drama school

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Narrator: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2019Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actress: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2013L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner

Relationships

  • Peter Nyong'o Jr. -- Brother
  • Peter Anyang' Nyong'o -- Father
  • Dorothy Nyong'o -- Mother
  • Mobolaji Dawodu -- Significant Other