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Although there’s no shortage of actresses in Hollywood, these African actresses have graced the Hollywood stage in an enviable way and bring more to the table than just sexy bodies, likable personalities, great talents, and classic style. From being nominated for the Oscars to winning the Emmy awards, below is a list of some of the names that have been making it in the American industry.

Charlize Theron

Born in Benoni, near Johannesburg, she first started off as a dancer and won a modelling contract at the age of 16. She has starred in blockbuster hits such as The Devil’s advocate, Monster, Atomic Blonde, among others.

Lupita Nyong’o

She is the first Kenyan to win an academy award for her role as Patsey in 12-years a slave. She also took home the prize for Best Supporting Actress.

Thandie Newton

The London born actress with Zimbabwean roots is best known for her role as Nyah Nordof-Hall is Mission Impossible II which she starred alongside Tom Cruise

Ella Thomas

Born to an Eritrean mom and an American dad, you may have seen her in ads for Glamour, Elle, Gap, Levi’s and Tiffany&Co. She has also appeared on tv shows such as Castle, Parenthood, CSI: NY, and Entourage.

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo

Born to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother, Carmen has worked alongside big names like Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence and has featured in movie productions: The Avengers, Alex Cross, The Brave One and TV productions like Law and Order, Zero Hour, Boycott and Kidnapped.

Megalyn Echikunwoke

The granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo tribe, you’ve probably seen her on That  70s Show, House of Lies, and 90210.

Liya Kebede

Ethiopian born Kebede was once a model and now has a reprising career as an actress. She has appeared in films like Lord Of War, The Best Offer, Desert Flower and many more.

Gugu Mbatha Raw

Daugther of a South African doctor, Gugu is more famous for her TV roles in Doctor Who and Bad Girls

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