Born in Mexico City to parents highly involved in politics, it is not secret she is a power-storm.
She starred in the 2008 short film East River, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn, New York. She returned to Kenya in 2008 and starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga. In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya's albino population, which played at several film festivals.
Nyong'o was cast in 12 Years a Slave immediately after her graduation from Yale in 2012. The film was released in 2013 to great critical acclaim. Nyong'o received rave reviews for her performance, and has been nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress. She will next be featured in Liam Neeson's upcoming film Non-Stop.
|In the movie 12 Years A Slave|
In 2014 she was chosen as one of the faces for Miu Miu's Spring 2014 campaign, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote.
|In a curve-hugging Christopher Kane midi and Christian Louboutin heels to the European premiere of Twelve Years A Slave at Odeon Leicester Square.|
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