March 1, 1983
38 years old
Mexico - Kenya
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm
34-24-37 in | 86-61-94 cm
51 kg | 112.5 pounds
8.5 US | 39 EU
Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born in Mexico City, Mexico, on March 1, 1983, is a Kenyan-Mexican actress.
Young Lupita Nyong'o first started performing during her years at the Rusinga International School in Kenya, in school theater productions.
She made her professional acting debut in a production by the Nairobi-based repertory company Phoenix Players of "Romeo and Juliet", in role as Juliet, at the age of 14.
She made her onscreen debut in short film East River (2008) in role as F.
She got her television debut in Kenyan coming-of-age drama series Shuga (2009-2012) in role as Ayira.
Her breakthrough performance came as Patsey in biographical period drama movie 12 Years a Slave (2013).
She landed her Broadway debut in a play "Eclipsed" (2016) in role as The Girl, at John Golden Theatre, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
The 355 (2022) action thriller in role as Khadijah, opposite Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger
She perform a motion capture role as Maz Kanata in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019):
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
She won the Academy Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in biographical period drama movie 12 Years a Slave (2013).
She won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress for her role as Adelaide Wilson / Red in horror film Us (2019).
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award and the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble for her role as Nakia in superhero film Black Panther (2018).
She was nominated for the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Nakku Harriet in biographical drama film Queen of Katwe (2016).
She voiced Raksha in fantasy adventure film The Jungle Book (2016).
Non-Stop (2014) action thriller opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore
Little Monsters (2019) zombie comedy with Alexander England, Kat Stewart and Josh Gad
Featured in Beyoncé's musical film and visual album Black Is King (2020).
She played Ayira in Kenyan coming-of-age drama series Shuga (2009-2012) in 5 episodes.
She voiced Maz Kanata in animated web series Star Wars Forces of Destiny (2017-2018).
She narrated Discovery Channel documentary film Serengeti (2019) for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator.
Attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico‘s Learning Center for Foreigners in Taxco, Mexico.
Attended Rusinga International School in Kenya.
She received an IB Diploma (2001) from St. Mary's School in Nairobi.
Graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in film and theatre studies.
Graduated from Yale School of Drama.
She has five siblings.
Has Luo ancestry.
She was raised in Kenya.
She wrote, produced and directed Kenyan documentary film In My Genes (2009).
She voiced Maz Kanata in video game Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016).
Supports historic preservation.
She wrote a children's book, Sulwe in 2019.
Became an ambassador for Michael Kors "Watch Hunger Stop" campaign in 2019.
Lives in New York City, New York, United States.
She dated Somali musician K'Naan (2013-2014).