By Karu F. Daniels
22 May 2014
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
With a myriad of notable roles alongside the likes of Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, Colin Firth, Queen Latifah, Toni Collette and Will Smith to her credit, Sophie Okonedo has worked with a who's who of Hollywood.
And this season, she's on Broadway starring in A Raisin in the Sun, and she's among a who's who of the theatre world.
But Broadway is another world for her. Okonedo is on a thrill ride with her critically acclaimed debut in Kenny Leon's latest revival of A Raisin in the Sun, currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre through June 15. "I am just loving every minute of it," she beamed about her role — playing Ruth Younger — in the fabled play co-starring Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Anika Noni Rose. "If I had predicted what would happen, I couldn't have predicted it. With this play, the joy I have of performing it, the incredible cast I'm with and then all of the accolades with it, it's really unbelievable."
To top it all off, she netted a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role, among other treasured accolades. Not bad for her first time up to bat on The Great White Way.
"Well, if it's always like this, you're never going to get rid of me," she quipped.
In film and television, Okonedo is no stranger to acclaim; her role in the 2004 historical drama "Hotel Rwanda" led to an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Two years later, her performance in the HBO film "Tsunami: The Aftermath" garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. And just a few years after that, her performances in the British series "Criminal Justice," led to a British Academy of Film & Television Award (BAFTA). Her 2010 leading role as South African civil rights activist Winnie Mandela in "Mrs. Mandela" received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress. Okonedo was also appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) during the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honors, a special honor that recognizes outstanding achievement and service across the United Kingdom.Continued...