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By Steve McGarry
Feb 23, 2014
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Steve McGarry

Lupita Nyong'o

Born to Kenyan parents in Mexico City in 1930, Lupita Nyong'o was raised in Kenya from an early age.  The second of six children, Lupita is the daughter of a prominent Kenya politician.  She was sent back to Mexico at the age of 16 to learn Spanish, before attending Hampshire College in the United States.  She got her start in movies which, back home in Africa on a break from school, she landed a job as a production assistant on the 2005 Ralph Fiennes movie "The Constant Gardener."

She went on to work on the production side of the critically acclaimed 2006 movie "The Namesake."  After graduating with a degree in Film and Theater Studies, she returned to Kenya in 2008 and starred in the Kenyan TV series "Shuga."  Lupita also wrote, directed and produced a documentary, "In My Genes," about the treatment of Kenya's albino population.

Lupita enrolled in the acting program at the Yale School of Drama, appearing in numerous stage productions, including Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," Gertrude Stein's "Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights" and Shakespeare's "the Taming of the Shrew" and "The Winter's Tale."

Soon after graduating from Yale in 2012, she beat out more than 1,000 other actresses to land the role of Patsey in "12 Years a Slave."  Lupita's stunning performance has earned her huge acclaim and major awards recognition.

The fast-rising star's latest screen outing sees her cast opposite Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery in the thriller "Non-Stop."
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