Sophie Okonedo credits her heritage as a “North London, working-class, black, Jewish girl” with giving her the range to act in roles ranging from Hotel Rwanda to Doctor Who. Okonedo dropped out of school at age sixteen but returned to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She began playing bit parts in 1991 in various BBC series before landing a recurring role on The Governor in 1995. She first came to the attention of American audiences in Hotel Rwanda in 2004 and The Secret Life of Bees in 2008, for which she won a Golden Globe as part of their Best Ensemble Cast. She played Queen Elizabeth X on Doctor Who in 2010 and will play Queen Margaret, wife of Henry VI, in the 2016 series of The Hollow Crown. In 2014 she won a Tony Award for her role as Ruth Younger in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In 2010 she received the Order of the British Empire.
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