10 Popular Hollywood Actors Originally From Africa

The vibrant Hollywood entertainment scene has seen people from different parts of the world grow to be internationally celebrated public figures. The Hollywood film industry has actors from different countries and continents. Here are some of the most popular African actors in Hollywood.

Edi Gathegi

Born in Nairobi, Kenya on March 10, 1979, Mr. Gathegi moved to California with his parents when he was still a young boy. He has played a number of roles in different Television series like House, Lincoln Heights, Nikita, CSI Miami just to mention a few.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Mr. Ejiofor is among the most promising rising stars in Hollywood. Chiwetel Ejiofor was born of Nigerian Igbo parents who acquired the United Kingdom citizenship making Mr. Ejiofor an English actor with African roots. He is famous for his expression of Solomon Northup in 12 years a slave.

Peter Mensah

Peter Mensah was born in Accra, Ghana in 1959. Mr. Mensah has played popular roles in films over the years like The Incredible Hulk, Avatar, 300 and Tears of the sun. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is one of his best TV series. Mensah grew up in England after his parents moved there when he was only 11 years old.

Djimon Hounsou

Mr. Hounsou was born in Benin in 1964. He traveled to France when he was only 13 years old. He faced quite some challenges growing up in Lyon. Djimon Hounsou moved to the US in 1990. He has played roles in Gladiator, ER, The Cradle of Life, Blood Diamond and he also starred in Fast and Furious 7.

Benjamin Ochieng

Born in the Kenyan capital city Nairobi, Ochieng’s star in Hollywood keeps getting brighter. Hailing from Kenya, he has been called to play roles that need fluent Swahili speakers. Mr. Ochieng has played roles in The Disciples, Inception, and Tears of the Sun.

David Bailie

Mr. Bailie is a South African born in Durban in 1937. David Bailie has featured in popular movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Perl, Dead Man’s Chest & At World’s End and Gladiator.

Dayo Okeniyi

Mr. Okeniyi is a Nigerian born actor popularly known for playing his role in the Hunger Games. Born in 1988, he moved to the United States in 2003. Oladayo ’Dayo’ Okeniyi has landed a major role in the new Terminator trilogy.

Barkhad Abdi

Best known for the role he played in Captain Phillips as a Somali pirate which went on to win him an Oscar nomination was born in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. In 1999, he relocated to the US with his family from Yemen.

Abraham Attah

The young Ghanaian actor debuted in Beasts of No Nation playing the main role of a child soldier, he has been cast in the upcoming Spiderman movie.

Michael Blackson

Mr. Blackson was born in Ghana but relocated to the US when he was 15 years old. Michael Blackson’s most memorable performance was in Next Friday which also featured Ice Cube.