Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo is an English actress and narrator. Okonedo was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019, both for services to drama


11 August 1968


Okonedo was born on 11 August 1968 in London, the daughter of Joan (née Allman), a Jewish Pilates teacher who was born in the East End of London, and Henry Okonedo a British Nigerian who worked for the government


14 July 1970

Early life

Okonedo grew up in the Chalkhill Estate, located in the London Borough of Brent's Wembley Park district. Her maternal grandparents, who spoke Yiddish, originated from Poland and Russia and emigrated to the UK. Okonedo was brought up in her mother's Jewish faith.


14 July 1995


Okonedo is a versatile actress who received training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has appeared in various mediums including film, television, theatre, and audio drama, taking on notable roles such as Alison Cheney in Doctor Who and Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She has also showcased her talent on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun, and has participated in BBC productions such as The Hollow Crown and The Wheel of Time.


14 July 2010


In recognition of her contributions to the field of drama, Okonedo was honored with the appointment of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours and was further elevated to the rank of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours


14 July 2023

Personal life

Okonedo, who resides in Muswell Hill, London, has a daughter from a previous relationship, identifies as both Jewish and Black, and is currently married to Jamie Chalmers, a builder, and is a stepmother to his two children.

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