BEST BRITISH BLACK AND MIXED HERITAGE FEMALE ACTORS

by littlenorthernlight | created - 16 Oct 2015 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Freema Agyeman

Actress | Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Sense8 (2015).

2. Nathalie Emmanuel

Actress | Fast & Furious 7

Nathalie Emmanuel is an English actress, known for her role as Missandei on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) and Ramsey in Furious 7 (2015).

Nathalie was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, to a father of Saint Lucian and English descent and a mother of Dominican origin. Nathalie ...

3. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

4. Carmen Ejogo

Actress | Selma

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the ...

5. Marsha Thomason

Actress | White Collar

Marsha Thomason was born and raised in Manchester, England. Her love for acting began after watching the musical "Bugsy Malone". Soon after, aged 12, she joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she performed many diverse stage plays, including "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell and "Peace" by Aristophanes...

6. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

7. Thandie Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in ...

8. Antonia Thomas

Actress | The Good Doctor

Antonia Thomas is an English actress. She is best known for her work in the TV series Misfits, Lovesick and the The Good Doctor.

She studied for a Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2009, and then joined the National Youth Theatre.

Her acting debut was in ...

9. Ashley Madekwe

Actress | How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Ashley Madekwe (born 6 December 1983) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as call girl Bambi in the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge and the witch Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.

Madekwe was born in South ...

10. Naomie Harris

Actress | 28 Days Later...

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

11. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda (2004).

Okonedo was born within London in 1968. Her parents were Henry Okonedo (1939-2009) and Joan Allman. Her father was British Nigerian, ...

12. Naomi Ryan

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

Naomi Ryan was born on May 24, 1977 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England as Naomi Esther E. Russell. She is an actress, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Hard Time Bus (2015) and Doctor Who (2005).

13. Lenora Crichlow

Actress | Fast Girls

Lenora Crichlow was born on January 4, 1985 in Westminster, London, England as Lenora Isabella Crichlow. She is an actress, known for Fast Girls (2012), Sugar Rush (2005) and Being Human (2008).

14. Zawe Ashton

Actress | Velvet Buzzsaw

Zawe was born on 21st July 1984 in Hackney, London, to two teachers, Ugandan Victoria and English Paul, and had her first acting experience at the age of six as a member of the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington. After leaving the City and Islington College in London - where she was an A ...

15. Louise Rose

Actress | Dorian Gray

Louise Rose is an actress, known for Dorian Gray (2009), Luther (2010) and Diamonds (2009).

16. Cathy Tyson

Actress | Mona Lisa

Cathy Tyson's father is a barrister from Trinidad and her mother is an English social worker. She dropped out of college at age 17 to pursue acting at Liverpool's Everyman's Theater. After a 1984 production of "The Blitz Show", she won admission to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her film debut was ...

17. Nina Toussaint-White

Actress | Bodyguard

Nina Toussaint-White was born in 1985 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Bodyguard (2018), GameFace (2017) and Doctor Who (2005).

18. Christine Adams

Actress | Batman Begins

Film and television actress Christine Adams was born in London, United Kingdom.

She starred on several British and American films and television series since early 2000s.

On television, she is known for roles as "Katherine Williams Osgood" on the British miniseries, NY-LON (2004); "Simone Hundin" on ...

19. Nikki Amuka-Bird

Actress | Jupiter Ascending

Amuka-Bird was born in Nigeria, but grew up in the UK and in Antigua. She abandoned her dancing aspirations after suffering a back injury. After attending LAMDA, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst on tour with the RSC in Japan, she met her husband, actor Geoffrey Streatfield. In ...

20. Angel Coulby

Actress | Imagine Me & You

Angel Coulby is an English actress. She made her television debut in the BBC comedy 'Orrible. She is best known for portraying the character of Queen Guinevere "Gwen" Pendragon in the BBC fantasy series Merlin.

Angel grew up in north London, Finsbury Park, but moved to Edinburgh to attend the Queen ...

21. Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actress | Without a Trace

Marianne Jean-Baptiste was born on April 26, 1967 in London, England as Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste. She is an actress and director, known for Without a Trace (2002), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Spy Game (2001). She has been married to Evan Williams since 1997. They have two children.

22. Crystal Clarke

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Crystal graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014. Her credits whilst at RCS include The Beaux Strategem, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Crystal grew up in a West Indian immigrant family in Essex County, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Newark Arts ...

23. Sennia Nanua

Actress | The Girl with All the Gifts

Sennia Nanua is an actress, known for The Girl with All the Gifts (2016), The Fight (2018) and Frankie (2019).

24. Maisie Richardson-Sellers

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Maisie Richardson-Sellers is an English actress. She is known for her role as Amaya Jiwe / Charlie on the series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, as well as Rebekah Mikaelson / Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, and also as her starring roles as King Saul of Israel's daughter Michal in the ABC ...

25. Pippa Bennett-Warner

Actress | Wakefield

Pippa Bennett-Warner was born on July 23, 1988 in Banbury, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Wakefield (2016).

26. Nina Sosanya

Actress | Love Actually

Born in London, with a Nigerian father, Nina trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and gained A-levels in Performing Arts. Soon she was appearing as Desdemona in "Othello", Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", along with the title role in "Educating ...

27. Clare-Hope Ashitey

Actress | Children of Men

Clare-Hope Ashitey was born on February 12, 1987 in Enfield, Middlesex, England as Clare-Hope Naa K. Ashitey. She is an actress, known for Children of Men (2006), Beyond the Gates (2005) and Exodus (2007).

28. Jade Anouka

Actress | Cleaning Up

Jade Anouka is an actress, known for Cleaning Up (2019), Turn Up Charlie (2019) and Fisherman's Friends (2019).

29. Ann Ogbomo

Actress | Wonder Woman

Ann worked extensively in theatre before embarking on her screen career. She was a member of the Olivier Award winning Histories Ensemble at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2017 was listed in The Guardian's top ten teachers ever played on stage for her performance as Jo in "School Play" at The...

30. Cynthia Erivo

Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale

Cynthia Erivo was born on January 8, 1987 in Stockwell, London, England as Cynthia Chinasaokwu O. Erivo. She is an actress, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Harriet (2019) and Widows (2018).

31. Adjoa Andoh

Actress | Invictus

Adjoa Andoh was born on January 14, 1963 in Bristol, England as Adjoa Aiboom Helen Andoh. She is an actress and writer, known for Invictus (2009), Fractured (2019) and Doctor Who (2005). She has been married to Howard Cunnell since March 2001. They have three children.

32. Shanika Warren-Markland

Actress | 4.3.2.1.

Shanika Warren-Markland is an actress, known for 4.3.2.1. (2010), Fedz (2013) and Victim (2011).

33. Jessica Sula

Actress | Split

Jessica Sula (born 3 May 1994)[1] is a British actress known for playing the character Grace Blood in the third generation of the British television series Skins and for her role in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed horror film Split (2016).

Sula was born in Swansea to Trinidadian mother Shurla Blades...

34. Lauren W. Johns

Actress | Pride

Lauren W. Johns was born on February 12, 1988 in Macon, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for Pride (2014), Bliss! (2016) and Honeytrap (2014).

35. Savannah Gordon-Liburd

Actress | One Night

Savannah Gordon-Liburd is an actress, known for One Night (2012), My Brother the Devil (2012) and Honeytrap (2014).

36. Modupe Adeyeye

Actress | EastEnders

Modupe Adeyeye is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Hollyoaks (1995) and EastEnders: E20 (2010).

38. Tiana Benjamin

Actress | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Tiana Benjamin was born on October 5, 1984 in Enfield, London, England as Tiana Opium Benjamin. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), EastEnders (1985) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

39. Lashana Lynch

Actress | Captain Marvel

Lashana Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed.

Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later ...

40. Dominique Tipper

Actress | The Expanse

DOMINIQUE TIPPER

2019 see's Dominique return for a fourth season as the lead role of 'Naomi Nagata' in Amazon Prime's critically-acclaimed series THE EXPANSE, based on the popular science fiction series by James S. A. Corey. Set in the future, THE EXPANSE tells the story of a detective, a first ...

41. Hannah Frankson

Actress | Fast Girls

Hannah Frankson is an actress, known for Fast Girls (2012).

42. Lorraine Burroughs

Actress | Fast Girls

Lorraine Burroughs was born in 1981 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. She is an actress, known for Fast Girls (2012), DCI Banks (2010) and Doctor Who (2005).

43. Riann Steele

Actress | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Riann Steele is an English actress born in New York. After studying at Arts Educational Schools, London, and graduating with a First, she appeared in various Royal Shakespeare Company productions including Hamlet (2009) alongside David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. In 2010, Riann made her debut ...

44. Adelayo Adedayo

Actress | Unlocked

Adelayo Adedayo is an actress, known for Unlocked (2017), Some Girls (2012) and Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016).

45. Tanya Fear

Actress | Doctor Who

Tanya Fear is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Spotless (2015) and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).

46. Adesua Etomi-Wellington

Actress | The Arbitration

Adesua Etomi-Wellington made her big screen acting debut in April 14, 2014 when Knocking On Heaven's Door was released in Nigerian cinemas. Her riveting performance as the abused Debbie announced Adesua Etomi as one to watch. With stellar performances first as Layo in Brave and as Sharon in Gidi Up...

47. Laya Lewis

Actress | Beverley

Laya Lewis is an actress, known for Beverley (2015), Skins (2007) and Power Rangers Beast Morphers (2019).

48. Cat Simmons

Actress | Ordinary Lies

Cat Simmons was born on May 4, 1981 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. She is an actress, known for Ordinary Lies (2015), The Bill (1984) and Killing Eve (2018).

49. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

50. Archie Panjabi

Actress | Next of Kin

Archie is an Emmy Award winning British actress best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, for which she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East ...

51. Indira Varma

Actress | Bride & Prejudice

Indira Anne Varma (born 27 September 1973) is a British actress. Her film debut and first major role was in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. She has gone on to appear in the television series The Canterbury Tales, Rome, Luther, Human Target, and Game of Thrones (as Ellaria Sand). In September 2016, she ...

52. Priyanga Burford

Actress | Press

Priyanga Burford is an actress and writer, known for Press (2018), Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) and Marcella (2016).

53. Vinette Robinson

Actress | Sherlock

Vinette Robinson was born in 1981 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for Sherlock (2010), The A Word (2016) and Vera Drake (2004).

55. Sharon Duncan-Brewster

Actress | Rogue One

Sharon Duncan-Brewster was born on February 8, 1976 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Imagine Me & You (2005) and Bad Girls (1999).

56. Wunmi Mosaku

Actress | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Wunmi Mosaku was born on July 31, 1986 in Zaria, Nigeria as Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku. She is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Philomena (2013).

57. Alisha Bailey

Actress | Doctor Who

Alisha Bailey was born on April 13, 1987 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Chewing Gum (2015) and C.B. Strike (2017).

58. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

59. Lashana Lynch

Actress | Captain Marvel

Lashana Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed.

Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later ...

60. Adelayo Adedayo

Actress | Unlocked

Adelayo Adedayo is an actress, known for Unlocked (2017), Some Girls (2012) and Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016).

61. Ruthxjiah Bellenea

Actor | The Last Tree

Ruthxjiah Bellenea is an actor, known for The Last Tree (2019) and Venice at Dawn (2021).

62. Jasmine Jobson

Actress | Surge

Jasmine Jobson is an actress, known for Surge (2020), Lie Low (2019) and Top Boy (2011).

63. Masali Baduza

Actress | Noughts + Crosses

Masali Baduza was born in East London, South Africa. She's is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her father was a journalist and her mother is an executive leader. She majored in Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy campus in Los Angeles. She is bilingual in English and isiXhosa. She makes ...



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