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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Sophie Okonedo

Born in London, Sophie Okonedo studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked in theatre, film and television. She was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her work in Terry George’s film, Hotel Rwanda (2004) and for a Golden Globe as Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006). She has also received two BAFTA nominations for the series Mrs. Mandela (Best Leading Actress) and Criminal Justice (Best Supporting Actress), and another for the British Independent Film Awards as Best Supporting Actress for her part in Stephen Frears’ film Dirty Pretty Things (2002) –presented in Zabaltegi-Pearls at the 50th edition of the San Sebastian Festival– and Best Actress for Skin (2008). She also won a Black Reel Award in 2005 for Hotel Rwanda and has been nominated another twice, for The Secret Life of Bees (2008) and Skin. Her work in the TV movie Never Never (2000) similarly earned her a Royal Television Society nomination.

She made her film debut in 1991 in Young Soul Rebels, and her filmography includes titles like Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), This Year’s Love (1999), Mad Cows (1999), Cross My Heart (2003), Aeon Flux (2005), Stormbreaker (2006), Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006) and Martian Child (2007).

Outstanding among her television credits are the series In Defense (2000), Clocking Off (2002), Spooks (2003), Oliver Twist (2007), Father and Son (2009) and Doctor Who (2010).


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