Birth Name: Sophie Okonedo
Birth Place: London, England, GB
After a series of theatrical roles, including Shahrazad in "The Arabian Nights" and Anippe in Christopher Marlowe's "Tamburlaine the Great", Okonedo broke through with an acclaimed performance as Cressida in "Troilus and Cressida," staged by famed theatrical director Trevor Nunn for the National Theatre. Though the only Shakespeare role of her career, Okonedo earned high praise for her ability to project a tense ambiguity between love and passion. The success of her Cressida led the actress to British television: she appeared in episode 5 of "Clocking Off" (BBC-1, 2000), a six-part drama series about the secret lives of every day people; in "Never Never" (2000), she earned a Royal Television...
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