Lupita Amondi Nyong’o famously known as Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan actress, film director, and music video director, born in Mexico City, Mexico on 1st March 1983, to Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a politician in Kenya. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. At age 14, she made her professional acting debut as Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” in a production by the Nairobi, Kenya-based repertory company Phoenix Players.
She graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in film and theatre studies after which she worked on the production crew of many films, including Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener, with Ralph Fiennes, Mira Nair’s The Namesake, and Salvatore Stabile’s Where God Left His Shoes. She cites Fiennes as another individual who inspired her to seriously pursue a professional acting career.
She made her American film debut in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013) as Patsey, for which she received critical acclaim. For her role Nyong’o won the Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2014, she was chosen as one of the faces for Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 campaign, with Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote. She has also appeared on the covers of several magazines, including New York’s Spring 2014 fashion issue and UK magazine Dazed & Confused. She has also been a regular on Harper’s Bazaar’s Derek Blasberg’s Best Dressed List since Autumn 2013.