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LUPITA NYONG'O (Nakia) made her feature debut in Steve McQueen's Academy Award winning film "12 Years a Slave" alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyong'o received the Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades including the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, NAACP Award and the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards New Hollywood Award.

Nyong'o recently wrapped production on Australian zombie comedy-horror crossover "Little Monsters" opposite Josh Gad and Alexander England. England plays a washed-up musician, Dave, who goes on his nephew's school trip as he has a crush on the teacher, Miss Caroline (Nyong'o). Dave's intentions are complicated by the presence of the world-famous kids show personality, Teddy McGiggle (Gad), who also has eyes for Miss Caroline. A sudden zombie outbreak then throws the trip into chaos. Abe Forsythe writes and directs.

In 2016 Nyong'o starred in Mira Nair's "The Queen of Katwe," opposite David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga. Based on the bestselling book of the same name, the Disney film is an inspirational true story about Phiona Mutesi who overcomes abject poverty to become an international chess master. Her portrayal of Phiona's fierce yet tender mother, Harriet, earned her a nomination for an NAACP award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

Also in 2016, Nyong'o lent her voice to Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" as Raksha, with Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley and Christopher Walken.

Nyong'o earned a Tony nomination for her 2016 Broadway debut in Danai Gurira's play "Eclipsed." It tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together by the upheaval of war in their homeland Liberia. Prior to moving to Broadway, the play had a limited run at the Public Theatre. "Eclipsed" was nominated for a further five Tony Awards, including Best Play, and won in the category of Best Costume Design.

In December 2015, Nyong'o starred in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, alongside Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Nyong'o brought to life Maz Kanata, the motion-captured character. The film was distributed by Disney on December 18, 2015. She reprised this role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, which Disney released on December 15, 2017.

As a filmmaker, Nyong'o is set to produce and star in the onscreen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's bestselling novel "Americanah," the sweeping love-story that spans three continents of Ifemelu and Obinze, two Nigerians who face the complexities of race and identity away from home and each other.

Nyong'o served as the creator, director, editor and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, "In My Genes." The documentary follows eight Kenyans who have one thing in common: they were born with albinism, a genetic condition that causes a lack of pigmentation. In many parts of the world, including Kenya, it is a condition that marginalizes, stigmatizes, and even endangers those who have it. Though highly visible in a society that is predominantly black, the reality of living with albinism is invisible to most. Through her intimate portraits, Nyong'o enables viewers to see their challenges, humanity and everyday triumphs.

In 2019, Simon & Schuster Books will publish "Sulwe," Nyongo's debut book. Colorism, or the preferential treatment of those with lighter skin, is an issue across the globe, and impacts children from a young age. Nyong'o herself has experienced the harmful effects of colorism, and has spoken about how it hurt her self-image as a child. In "Sulwe," an illustrated children's book, she candidly shares the consequences of growing up in a world that favors lighter skin, offering a healing story that will entertain children from all backgrounds while providing a story that helps them see beauty in themselves and others.

Nyong'o graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program where her additional stage credits included playing Perdita in "The Winter's Tale" (Yale Repertory Theater), Sonya in "Uncle Vanya," Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew," as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's "Elijah."

She currently resides in New York.


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