30 Actors on your favorite TV shows who have Nigerian origins

Below are the 30 actors on your favorite TV shows who have Nigerian origins. Get ready to be blown away…

1. YVONNE ORJI – Plays Molly on Insecure. 33 yr old comedian, born in Port Harcourt, She’s also had a part on Jane The Virgin.

2. CAROLINE CHIKEZIE – Born in Nnewi, she’s best known for her role in UK’s Footballers Wives but we know her from Supernatural

3. ADETOMIWA EDUN – See that Yoruba demon fila, born in Lagos & best known for playing Sir Elyan on Merlin. Was in Dr Who too.


4. ADEWALE AKINNUOYE AGBAJE – Everyone knows him already. Known for Lost and most recently the short-lived American Odyssey

5. MEGALYN ECHIKUNWOKE – Born to an Igbo father, this hot sauce is best known for her roles on 90210, The 4400 & HouseOfLies

6. UZO ADUBA – Forever gonna be remembered for her role on Orange is the New Black as Crazy Eyes. Also, she had a one-episode part on Blue Bloods

7. SUSAN KELECHI WATSON- Well, not exactly a Nigerian but bears a Nigerian name. She plays Beth Pearson on NBC’s This is Us

8. DAYO OKENIYI -Proper Naija Boy, probably d most Yoruba Demon of dem all. He acts alongside Jennifer Lopez & Ray Liotta on Shades of Blue

 9. CHUKWUNONSO NWACHUKWU ANOZIE – See as name get weight!  Best known for his role as Xaro Xhoan Daxos on

10. GBENGA AKINNAGBE – 38yr old with much under his belt 24, Live another day, The Wire, Graceland, Limitless, and Elementary.  


11. HAKEEM KAE KAZIM – Introduction not needed. His work speaks for him- 24, Black sails, Lost, Gotham, Dominion and Covert Affairs.

12. TOKS OLAGUNDOYE aka Abeke Olagundoye – Born in this our Lagos. Best known for roles in Castle, The Fosters & The Neighbors

13. NIKKI AMUKA BIRD – Ha! Bet you didn’t think she was Nigerian. Proper Delta babe. She acts alongside Idris Elba on Luther

14. HOPE OLAIDE WILSON – Born in naija in 1985, she’s done some movies & plenty TV shows like The Fosters, The Last Ship, Lie to me, The Affair.

15. ROTIMI AKINOSHO – Singer signed to 50cents label. Also a fast rising actor. Credits include – Power, Boss ad Battle Creek.

 16. ASHLEY MADEKWE – Born to a Nigerian father, she has starred in Revenge & most recently Salem

17. PEPI SONUGA – Talented and born in this our own Lagos. Starred in The Fosters and Ash Vs Evil Dead

18. TOBY ONWUMERE: not much known about him besides him being of Nigerian descent & he replaces Aml Ameen as Capheus on Sense8

19. ADE OTUKOYA ; African American actor and amateur boxer; known for role as Quince in NBC’s Shades of Blue

20. O.T FAGBENLE ; Born to a Nigerian journalist father; plays the role of Luke on The Handmaids Tale. Also seen on Little Miss Jocelyn

21. UCHENNA CONPHIDANCE ECHEAZU: Actor/Dancer, Born & raised in Nigeria. Appeared in Good Behavior & as Igbo speaking man – Okoye; on American Gods

22. CHRISTOPHER OBI OGUGUA: Nigerian Best known for playing Anubis on AmericanGods. Also starring in upcoming Star Trek Discovery

23. YETIDE BADAKI – Ibadan born actor best known for playing Bilquis on American gods and also on Masters of Sex & Criminal Minds

24. CHIKE OKONKWO – Plays Lee Truitt on Being MaryJane and Yes, you remember him from Birth Of A Nation

25. ANNETTE NGOZI ILONZEH – 34 yr old Nigerian known for her roles on Person of Interest, Empire & the shortlived Charlies Angels

26. TRACY IFEACHOR, Born & bred in England, her numerous credits include  Quantico, Strike Back, The Originals, Dr Who and Hawaii FiveO

27. DONALD ADEOSUN FAISON. Also one we didn’t expect…American with Nigerian roots. Known for Scrubs and House of Lies.

28. DAMSON IDRIS: Newbie naija actor who grew up in Peckham. Known for roles on BBC’s Casualty, Babylon & recently FX’s Snowfall.

29. LOLLY ADEFOPE: Stand-up comedian and actress; born in Preston; has appeared on TogetherRovers & recently Loaded.

30. OKEZIE MORRO: Former aspiring footballer who grew up in Lagos. Acted in Shuga Season 3 and also recently Spike TV’s TheMist

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