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You would be surprised by how many famous actors in Hollywood are of Nigerian descent. Apart from the typical list such as John Boyega, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, Yvonne Orji and many others, there are those you may know nothing about. Read on to check out who you may have missed.

Damson Idris


This young hottie was born in South London, Peckham, as the youngest of six children and raised by a single mother. You may have seen him on the hit TV series ‘Snowfall’ on FX and the critically acclaimed film ‘Farming’. He also appeared in a few episodes of Jordan Peele’s (Get out) TV series the ‘Twilight Zone’ and Netflix’s Black Mirror.

Greta Onieogouactor

Greta is a Canadian actress who was born in the Soviet Union which is modern day Russia, to Nigerian-Russian parents. When she was 5 years old they moved to Toronto, Canada. Before acting she was a rhythmic dancer who worked with with Olympic competitor, Alexandra Orlando for a couple months during her training. She plays the role of Layla on the Netflix series, ‘All American’. She has also played minor roles in shows such as Netflix’s ‘Anne with an E’ and ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’.

Ashley Madekwe


Ashley was born in South London to a Nigerian father and an English mother. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and gained a BA in acting. Some of her film roles include ‘Ashley Davenport’ in ABC’s ‘Revenge’ and ‘Tituba’ in the supernatural series ‘Salem’.

Tomiwa Edun

The Nigerian born British actor, Babatunde Adetomiwa Stafford Edun also known as Tomiwa, is best known for his role in the widely popular epic show ‘Merlin’ on Netflix. He plays Guinevere’s brother and one of King Arthur’s Knights, Sir Elyan of the round table. He also played a role as Marcus Young in Bates Motel and the fictional character Alex Hunter in FIFA 17, 18, and 19.

Nonso Anozie

He was born in London, England and if you hadn’t it guessed yet, is of Nigerian, Igbo descent. You probably recognise Nonso Anozie’s face from the very popular HBO show ‘Game of Thrones’. He played Xaro Xhoan Daxos. He also appeared in a few block buster films such as Ender’s Game, Cinderella, Conan the Barbarian, etc.

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