Lupita Nyong’o Wiki, Age, Height, Boyfriend, Parents, Ethnicity, Net Worth, Biography & More

Lupita Nyong’o is a famous Kenyan-Mexican Actress. Lupita Nyong’o is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, and a nomination for two Primetime Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. Lupita started her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. Check all the details below about 

Lupita Nyong’o Wiki/Biography

Lupita Nyong’o was born on 1st March 1983 (Age: 39 years; as of 2022) in Mexico City, Mexico. Her full real name is Lupita Amondi Nyong’o and she was commonly known as Lupita Nyong’o.

Childhood photo of Lupita Nyong’o

Childhood photo of Lupita Nyong’o

Her nationality is Mexican and her ethnicity is Black. Her Zodiac sign is Pisces and she follows Christianity (religion). Her profession is a famous Mexico Actress.

Lupita Nyong’o Educational Qulaification

Lupita Nyong’o completed her schooling at St. Mary’s School in Nairobi where she received an IB Diploma in 2001 and received a mean grade of 6 out of 7 and came second in her class. After that, she attended Hampshire College for her graduation. She is graduating with a degree in film and theatre studies.

Lupita Nyong’o Physical stats

Lupita Nyong'o Physical Appearance

Lupita Nyong’o Physical Appearance

  • Height: 5′ 5″ inches
  • Weight: 51 kg
  • Body Measurement: 34-24-37
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Black

Lupita Nyong’o Family & Parents

Lupita Nyong’o was born into middle-class Kenya Parents. Her father’s name is Peter Anyang’s Nyong’o he is a college professional and her mother’s name is Dorothy Ogada Buyu.

Lupita Nyong’o with her parents

Lupita Nyong’o with her parents

Also, she has five siblings. Her family always support her in her all decision or in her acting career.

Lupita Nyong’o Boyfriend & Relationships

Lupita Nyong’o dating is committed and her marital status is unmarried. She dated TV hosts Selema Masekela.

Lupita Nyong’o with her boyfriend Selema Masekela

Lupita Nyong’o with her boyfriend Selema Masekela

Currently, she lived with him. They both lived happily together and enjoyed their life joyfully.

Lupita Nyong’o Career & Profession

She started her career working as part of the production crew for several films, including Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener in 2005, Mira Nair’s The Namesake in 2006, and Salvatore Stabile’s Where God Left His Shoes in 2007. Lupita cites Ralph Fiennes, the British star of The Constant Gardener, as someone who inspired her to pursue a professional acting career. She starred in the short film East River, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn in 2008.

Lupita Nyong’o's movie East River scene

Lupita Nyong’o’s movie East River scene

Lupita Nyong’o returned to Kenya that same year and appeared in the Kenya television series Shuga, and MTV Base Africa/UNICEF drama about HIV/AIDS prevention. Lupita wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the discriminatory treatment of Kenya’s albino population. She also directed the music video “The Little Things You Do” by Wahu, featuring Bobi Wine, which was nominated for the Best Video Award at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009.

Lupita Nyong’o in Yale School of Drama

Lupita Nyong’o in Yale School of Drama

Lupita Nyong’o enrolled in a master’s degree program in acting at the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, she appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale. While at Yale, she won the Herschel Williams Prize in the 2011–12 academic year for “acting students with outstanding ability”.

The film, which met with widespread critical acclaim, is based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free-born African-American man of upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Washington, DC, in 1841. Sheortrayed Patsey, a slave who works alongside Northup at a Louisiana cotton plantation; her performance garnered rave reviews.

Lupita was nominated for several awards for 12 Years a Slave, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, which she won. The blue Prada dress she wore to the awards garnered substantial media attention and acclaim, being considered one of the classic red carpet gowns in Hollywood history.

Lupita Nyong’o is the second African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar, and the first Mexican to win the award. She is also the fifteenth actress to win an Oscar for a film debut performance. Lupita had wanted to play a role where her appearance was not relevant, and the acting provided a different challenge from her role as Patsey.

Lupita Nyong’o was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 42nd Saturn Awards and Best Virtual Performance at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards for her role.

Lupita Nyong’o at the MTV Movie Awards

Lupita Nyong’o at the MTV Movie Awards

Lupita Nyong’o returned to the stage with a starring role as an unnamed girl in the play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira in 2015. The play takes place during the chaos of the Second Liberian Civil War, where the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a community until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of the new girl.

Lupita Nyong’o at the John Golden Theatre

Lupita Nyong’o at the John Golden Theatre

The play premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre the following year. It was the first play to premiere on Broadway with an all-black and female creative cast and crew. Lupita Nyong’o had understudied the play at Yale in 2009 and was terrified to play the character onstage. She turned down film roles in favor of the production.

Lupita Nyong’o performance in Eclipsed earned her a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance and a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In addition, Lupita Nyong’o was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Award.

Worldwide Recognition

Lupita Nyong’o co-starred in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book in 2016, a live-action adaptation of its 1967 animated original, voicing Raksha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli. Robbie Collin of The Telegraph wrote in his review that Nyong’o brought a “gentle dignity” to her role.

Lupita Nyong’o later co-starred in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe in 2016, a biopic based on the true story about the rise of a young Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at the World Chess Olympiads. She has an incredible ability to convey backstory.” She reprised her role as Maz Kanata in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars, The Last Jedi in 7, as well as in the animated series Star Wars Forces of Destiny.

Lupita Nyong'o played role in Rian Johnson's Star Wars

Lupita Nyong’o played role in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars

In preparation for the role, Lupita Nyong’o learned to speak Xhosa and undertook judo, jujitsu, silat, and Filipino martial arts training. David Betancourt of The Washington Post wrote that the film “takes superhero cinema where it’s never gone before by not being afraid to embrace its blackness” and particularly praised Nyong’o for avoiding stereotypical depictions of a black leading lady, stating that she “throws punches, shoots guns and steals hearts in a role she seems born for.”

Black Panther grossed over $1.34 billion worldwide to emerge as the eleventh highest-grossing film of all time. Nyong’o received a Saturn Award for Best Actress nomination for the role. Lupita Nyong’o starred as a kindergarten teacher dealing with a zombie apocalypse in the comedy horror film Little Monsters in 2019. Amy Nicholson of Variety wrote that Nyong’o’s “deadpan humor and grace ennoble the slapstick”.

Emily Yoshida of Vulture labeled Nyong’o’s dual role “astounding” and found her performance as the doppelganger “an achievement on another level; a physical, vocal, and emotional performance so surgical in its uncanniness that it almost feels like it could not be the work of a flesh-and-blood human.” Lupita Nyong’o earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and won an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress.

Lupita Nyong'o played role in series 'Serengeti'

Lupita Nyong’o played role in series ‘Serengeti’

Lupita Nyong’o narrated the Discovery Channel documentary series Serengeti, about wildlife in the Serengeti ecosystem. She spoke on the lack of African narrating nature documentaries and how the Serengeti team encouraged her to use her native Kenyan accent on the series. Lupita Nyong’o earned her first Emmy Award nomination for her narration as an Outstanding Narrator at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, making her the third black woman to be nominated in the category.

Lupita Nyong’o hosted Channel 4’s documentary Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o, in which she undertook a journey across Benin, West Africa to search for the Dahomey Amazons. She left the production of The Woman King in which she had been cast around the time of filming this documentary. Lupita Nyong’o appeared on the Global Citizen organized television event, Together at Home and joined the radio play presentation of Richard II from The Public Theater and WNYC as The Narrator.

Lupita Nyong’o partnered with Nairobi-based media and tech startup Kukua in support of YouTube Originals’ STEM-themed, Super Sema in 1, which became Africa’s first kid superhero animated series. Super Sema follows the adventures of an extraordinary young African girl, Sema, who lives in the neo-African-futuristic community of Dunia.

Nyong'o achieved the Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children's Program

Lupita Nyong’o achieved the Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children’s Program

Lupita Nyong’o won the Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children’s Program category at the 48th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for her involvement in Netflix’s television series, Bookmarks, celebrating Black Voices 2020. Later, Lupita Nyong’o reprised the role of Nakia in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to the original Black Panther film, released in November 2022.

Lupita Nyong’o is developing a television series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, which she will produce and star in. She will be reuniting with director Abe Forsythe and the creative team behind the horror comedy film Little Monsters for a starring role in a science fiction comedy film. Lupita Nyong’o will also produce an animated musical based on her number-one best-selling children’s book, Sulwe 2019, for Netflix.

Lupita Nyong’o Filmography

  • In 2008, She filmed East River as an F.
  • In 2013, She filmed 12 Years a Slave as a Patsey.
Lupita Nyong'o played role in movie 'Non Stop'

Lupita Nyong’o played role in movie ‘Non Stop’

  • In 2014, She filmed in Non-Stop as a Gwen Lloyd.
  • In 2015, She filmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a Maz Kanata.
  • In 2016, She filmed in The Jungle Book, Queen of Katwe as a Raksha and Nakku Harriet.
  • In 2017, Seh filmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a Maz Kanata.
Lupita Nyong'o played role in movie 'Black Panther'

Lupita Nyong’o played role in the movie ‘Black Panther

  • In 2018, She filmed Black Panther as a Nakia.
  • In 2019, She filmed Little Monsters as Miss Audrey Caroline, Us as Adelaide Wilson/Red, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as Maz Kanata.
Lupita Nyong'o also played role in Black Panther Wakanda Forever in 2022

Lupita Nyong’o also played role in Black Panther Wakanda Forever in 2022

  • In 2022, She filmed in The 355 as Khadijah Adiyeme, and in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as a Nakia.

Lupita Nyong’o Television

  • From 2009-2012, She worked in Shuga as an Ayira.
  • From 2017-2018, She worked in Star Wars Forces of Destiny as a Maz Kanata.
  • In 2018, She worked in Star Wars Rebels as a Maz Kanata.
Lupita Nyong'o played role in Warrior Women

Lupita Nyong’o played role in Warrior Women

  • In 2019, She worked in Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o as a Host.
  • In 2019-present, She worked in Serengeti as a Narrator.
  • In 2021, She worked in Super Sema as a Sema.
  • In 2021, She worked in Who Are You, Charlie Brown?
  • In 2022, She worked in Human Resources as an Asha.

Lupita Nyong’o Net Worth

Lupita Nyong’o net worth is estimated at $10 million dollars. Her profession is a famous Mexican Actress she worked in so many movies and in so many television shows and earned money from them. Lupita Nyong’o annual salary is $2 million as of December 2022.

Lupita Nyong’o Social Handles

Lupita Nyong’o Amazing Facts

Lupita Nyong'o knows four languages

Lupita Nyong’o knows four languages

  • She is a fluent speaker of English, Spanish, Luo, and Swahili.
  • In 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recruited is an effort to oppose development, including a new minor league baseball stadium, in the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, Virginia.
  • She sent a letter to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, which she posted on social media, asking him to withdraw support for the development proposal.
  • Lupita returned to Kenya and announced that she would advocate globally for elephants with the international conservation organization WildAid.
  • Lupita Nyong’o is involved with the organization Mother Health International, which aims to provide relief to women and children in Uganda by creating locally engaged birthing centers.
  • She felt bringing attention to such important but overlooked issues is a mandate for her as an artist.
  • Nyong’o launched an anti-poaching “hearts and minds” campaign with her organization Wildaid in advance of Kenya Wildlife Service’s history-making ivory burn that occurred on 30 April.
  • She had vowed never to work with him thereafter, hence turning down an offer to star in Southpaw (2015), a Weinstein-distributed film.
  • She further wrote about her commitment to working with female directors, as well as male feminist directors who have not abused their power.
  • Sulwe was selected for the 2020 Illustrator Honor at the Coretta Scott King Awards and won for Outstanding Literary Work, Children at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards.
  • In 2020, The Africa Center announced Nyong’o as a member of its board of trustees.
  • She was also mentioned in the parody song “American Apparel Ad Girls” by the drag queens Willam Belli, Courtney Act, and Alaska Thunderfuck.
  • She was included in Derek Blasberg’s 2013 best-dressed list in Harper’s Bazaar.
  • She has also appeared on the covers of several magazines, including New York’s spring fashion issue and the UK magazine Dazed & Confused.
  • In 2014 July she was on the cover of Vogue, making her the second African woman and ninth black woman to cover the magazine.
  • The honor was announced as a surprise during an open discussion between Nyong’o and image activist Michaela Angela Davis at Mist Harlem.
  • Lupita Nyong’o was honored with a caricature portrait in May 2016 at Sardi’s restaurant in New York City for her debut on Broadway.
  • She appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue in 2017 January.
  • Lupita appeared on the cover of Grazia UK magazine.
  • Lupita Nyong’o often speaks out about embracing her “African kinky hair” and collaborates with hairdresser Vernon François to show how versatile her hair texture is.
Lupita Nyong'o performed in Tim Walker

Lupita Nyong’o performed in Tim Walker

  • She was also included in Tim Walker’s 2018 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – themed Pirelli Calendar as the character The Dormouse.
  • In June 2018, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Nyong’o will be among the honourees to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the film category.
  • Nyong’o starred with fellow actress Saoirse Ronan in a Calvin Klein campaign for their new fragrance entitled “Calvin Klein Women”.
  • In October 2018, Nyong’o became a two-time honor, alongside her Black Panther co-stars Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett for Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” issue.
  • Lupita Nyong’o was also featured on singer Ciara’s song “Melanin” under the moniker, “Troublemaker” along with La La Anthony, City Girls, and Ester Dean.
  • Nyong’o made her first appearance on British Vogue’s February ’20 cover.

 

 

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