Lupita Nyong'o

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Academy Award-Winning Actress, Producer, and New York Times Bestselling Author

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Lupita Nyong'o: Biography at a Glance

  • Lupita Nyong'o is an Academy-Award Winning Actress well known for starring in Marvel's Black Panther, its highly anticipated sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed horror film Us.
  • Nyong'o can next be seen in Day One, a spinoff of A Quiet Place.
  • She made her feature film debut in Steve McQueen's historical drama 12 Years a Slave, for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • She went on to perform a motion capture role as Maz Kanata in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and a voice role as Raksha in The Jungle Book.
  • Nyong'o wrote Sulwe, a New York Times #1 Bestseller that explores colorism and features a heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.
  • In addition to acting, Nyong'o supports historic preservation and is vocal about preventing sexual harassment and working for women's and animal rights.
  • Nyong’o can also be seen hosting a podcast centered on non-fiction cultural storytelling from the African diaspora.



Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author. She made her feature debut in Steve McQueen’s Academy Award® winning film 12 Years a Slave. For her portrayal as 'Patsey,' Nyong’o received the Academy Award®, the Screen Actors Guild® Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Image Award.

Nyong’o played 'Nakia' in Marvel’s Black Panther franchise. The Oscar-nominated Black Panther broke numerous box office records when it premiered in 2018. The cast went on to win the SAG Award for Best Ensemble and her performance earned Nyong’o a nomination for an NAACP Image Award. In 2022, she reprised her role in the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which garnered her an NAACP Image Award nomination. The film had the biggest November debut of all time in North America.

In Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film Us, Nyong’o appeared as both 'Red' and 'Adelaide,' which garnered her a Screen Actors Guild nomination, the NY Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, and an NAACP Image Award. Other credits include Little Monsters, Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Universal’s thriller The 355.

For her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira's play, Eclipsed, Nyong’o earned a Tony® nomination. She returned to the theater when she played “Julieta” in The Public Theater’s bilingual (Spanish and English) audio adaptation of Romeo y Julieta for Tony®-nominated Director Saheem Ali.

Nyong’o narrated her debut children's book, Sulwe, for Netflix’s Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, which earned her an Emmy Award. Sulwe, a New York Times #1 Best Seller, released by Simon & Schuster, explores colorism, the preferential treatment of those with lighter skin, which is an issue across the globe and impacts children from a young age. Sulwe is being adapted into an animated musical feature for Netflix.

Nyong’o executive produces the family program, Super Sema. The animated series, which returned for a third season in 2023, centers Sema, Africa’s first kid superhero whose superpower is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math). Nyong’o can also be heard narrating Discovery’s docu-series, Serengeti, which explores the dramatic day-to-day happenings of animals living in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Her narration for this series has earned her two Emmy® award nominations.

Nyong’o will next be seen starring in Paramount’s A Quiet Place horror franchise spinoff A Quiet Place: Day One, written and directed by Michael Sarnoski. This prequel and third installment of the film series spearheaded by John Krasinski, also stars Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou, and Denis O’Hare, and is set for release in 2024.

Upcoming, Nyong’o will host a podcast centered on non-fiction cultural storytelling from the African diaspora.

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