The Kenyan actress’s breakout performance as a slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s much acclaimed film “12 Years A Slave” brought her a wave of appreciations, nominations and headlines. With an unassuming demeanor and radiant smile, Lupita quickly rose to fame and with her debut role she made it clear to everyone that she is the industry to rule. Though she is not much old to the movie industry, she has managed to leave established actresses behind in a very short period of time. Her upcoming projects include “Queen of Katwe” and voice work in “The Jungle Book”.
Born in a well to do family to a professor turned politician, Peter Anyang’ Nying’o and communications company owner Dorothy on 1st of March 1983 as Lupita Amondi Nyong’o, Lupita is identifies as Mexican-Kenyan. Second of 6 children, she is a native of Mexico City and product of Luo heritage. Her kin returned to Kenya when Lupita was less than a year old. Raised in Kenya in an artistic family, she studied at the Rusinga International School where she participated in multiple school plays. She made professional acting debut at age 14 on the production of “Romeo and Juliet”, playing the female lead. She believes her acting persona was influenced by such powerful and empowering actress such as Whoope Goldberg & Oprah Winfrey. In 2001, she earned IB Diploma through the St. Mary’s School. She majored in film & theater studies for the Hampshire College.
Multiple award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o has created lots of buzz in the tabloids with the news of dating several high-profile Hollywood personas. In 2012, she was rumored to be dating British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. The following year, she was spotted with Michael Fassabender frequently. The news of her relationship with Casanova musician Jared Leto gave enough subject to tabloids to pen about. Her romance with another musician K’Naan made headlines in 2014. Thirty-two years old Mexican born beauty is currently busy milking her new found fame and is not thinking about the marriage. Lupita is fluent in Luo, Spanish, Swahili and English. She has been spotted in a number of charity events, including the Global Campaign to Defeat Aids in NYC.
Lupita started her movie career behind the cameras as a member of production crew for several movies, including “The Constant Gardener” and “Where God Left His Shoes”. She made her on screen debut in 2008, appearing in a short film “East River”. She then tried her hands on small screen taking role of Ayira on the miniseries “Shuga”. She remained in the show till 2012. In 2009, she penned, directed as well as produced the documentary titled “In My Genes”. Shortly after, she flew back to USA and attended Yale’s School of Drama. She appeared in a number of stage productions, such as “The Winter’s Tale”, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Uncle Vanya”, while she was at college. Beating thousands of actresses, Lupita nabbed role of an ill-treated slave Patsey on the highly anticipated film “12 Years of Slave”. The movie, starring, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor earned critical acclaim as well as won a Golden Globe in the category of Best Drama. The movie as well earned Lupita multiple awards along with huge fans. for her work in “12 Years a Slave”, she won awards such as African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakout Performance, Alliance of Women Film Journalist Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Hollywood Film Festival Award For New Hollywood Award and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She as well grabbed the most prestigious awards in the history of Awards Grammy for Best Supporting Actress. In 2014, she portrayed the character of Gwen Lloyd in “Non-Stop”. Her up-coming projects includes “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “The Jungle Book” and “Queen of Katwe”. Reportedly she has a net worth of five-hundred-thousand dollars. More information is available in wiki.