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Can you name Hollywood stars who are Africans?

How well do you know your favorite actors? Find out more about the African actors living in the other countries!

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You might be very surprised how many African American Actors there are in the world. The amount of the African American actors in Hollywood is really impressing. That’s something we should really be proud of.

African American actors and actresses

Peter Mensah

He is considered to be British but he actually comes from Ghana. Peter is 57 years old right now. He is quite famous in the Great Britain. He played in a lot of action movies like 300, different chapters of Spartacus and a lot more.

He has been acting since a really young age. The reason for it is mostly that his family was also quite artistic. However, after spending some time in Africa, his siblings and parents had to move to the Great Britain.

That’s why he got a lot of opportunities and became a good professional actor.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

This actor is 39 years old and he works in England as an actor. However, it is quite obvious that England isn’t his motherland. Ejiofor was also born in Africa.

He got the chance to make his dreams come true and become an actor after he successfully passed his exams to go to the university in London.

That’s where his career started. He studied drama and art and he became very good at it. He even got to work with a world-famous director Steven Spielberg.

Charlize Theron

Everyone in the whole world knows Charlize Theron. However, it’s not a well-known fact that she is one of the few South African actors in Hollywood.

She is 41 years old and she has done a lot of amazing things throughout her professional career. She is the African actress who won an Oscar.

The movies she starred in are world-famous. Everybody has seen The Devil's Advocate, Hancock and the others.

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The latest movie with Charlize Theron as one of the main characters is obviously Mad Max, which also won a lot of awards.

And Oscar is not the only award that she has. There are a lot more. For example, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

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Both of them are really prestigious and that means that the professional cinematographic jury finds her really talented actress. By the way, she is the first actress from South Africa who became so successful.  

Idris Elba

Elba is 44 years old and the job of actor is not the only one he has. He is also a popular musician and DJ. However, most people still recognize him for being a great African actor living in the United States.

He mainly plays in the TV series, not in the actual movies. If you have ever watched any of the BBC or HBO series, then you are absolutely aware who this actor is.

Although most of his roles are the characters in the series, he sometimes appears in the movies too. The most famous films with Idris Elba are the super-hero movie Thor and Prometheus.

Both of them were very successful and famous. Later he got nominated for the BAFTA and other awards.

Djimon Hounsou

Hounsou is 52 years old and he is considered to be an American actor. He also works as a model. Djimon is quite famous in the United States but not everyone knows that he actually comes from Africa.

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At first he became a star thanks to the music video-clips he starred in. After that the producers noticed him and his career as an actor officially began.

There are a lot of movies with Hounsou but the most famous ones are Gladiator and Blood Diamond. He became very famous and even got the nomination for the Golden Globe and some other Awards.

Lupita Nyong’o

The world heard her name a few years ago when she won the Oscar for starring in the breath-taking film 12 Years a Slave. It is a movie that tells us a story about the dramatic fate of the slaves and their tough life.

She is a well- respected woman in the American cinematography.

But even though she lives in the United States, she never forgets about her motherland which is Kenya. Her parents are native Kenyans but she was brought up in Mexico.

Moreover, later she moved to America to continue her studies. That’s where she studied to become an actress.

John Boyega

Boyega became world-famous not that long ago. After the new Star Wars movie succeeded, the media became really obsessed with him and he got a lot of fans.

He is considered to be a British actor but John actually comes from Africa. He is 24 years old.

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Except for the Star Wars series he has also had the roles in the movies. The most famous ones are Half a Yellow Sun and Imperial Dreams. Both of them are quite new so don’t miss a chance to watch it.

Edi Mue Gathegi

Gathegi comes from Kenya but lives and works in the Unites States. He is 37 years old and he is an actor who mainly appears in the TV shows and series.

However, the most important roles in the American films in his career are the characters in all the Twilight chapters. Moreover, he also played in X-Men.

Danai Gurira

Gurira is a successful African American actress who is 38 years old. She was born in Zimbabwe but circumstances forced her to move to the United States. Fans love her for playing the character in The Walking Dead.

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