All the series and movies on Showmax featuring the Kenyan actors making their mark in Hollywood.
It might have taken a while but more and more African actors are finally getting their chance in the spotlight in Hollywood. It’s a lot easier these days to spot African actors taking on memorable and important roles that continue to shape the world of television and cinema, such as Nigeria’s Yvonne Orji (Insecure), Uganda’s Florence Kasumba (Emerald City, Wonder Woman and Black Panther) and South Africa’s Pearl Thusi (Quantico). And not forgetting our very own Kenyan actors who continue to represent us on the big stage – some of whom you might even spot on Showmax.
Let’s find out who they are and where to find them on Showmax.
1. Edi Gathegi
Another year and a little mo’ everythang. God has seen fit for me to walk this earth a lil while longer and for that I’m grateful. Grab a dear one, squeeze the hell out of them, and tell em’ how much you love them. That is my birthday wish for all of y’all. ?? Peace and blessings.
4,848 Likes, 164 Comments – Edi Gathegi (@iamedigathegi) on Instagram: “Another year and a little mo’ everythang. God has seen fit for me to walk this earth a lil while…”
Edi Gathegi is known for his onscreen charisma, whether he is playing the slick villain Mr Solomon in The Blacklist and its spin-off The Blacklist Redemption or the nomadic vampire Laurent in The Twilight Saga series. In House, Gathegi plays Dr Jeffrey Cole, a Mormon doctor who is constantly getting picked on by Dr House for his faith. At one point he stands up to Dr House and defends his religion … using his fists.
2. Benjamin A Onyango
Good morning wonderful people! Am going live on @ebrutvkenya today morning as from 7:30am. Don’t miss the show! #benjaminonyango #benjibendrix #thewivesseriespremiere #eminentmediainc
263 Likes, 7 Comments – Benjamin A. Onyango (@benjibendrix) on Instagram: “Good morning wonderful people! Am going live on @ebrutvkenya today morning as from 7:30am….”
Benjamin Onyango is known for playing Reverend Jude in God’s Not Dead, but he got his first big gig in Hollywood playing the role of the President’s son’s bodyguard Colonel Emanuel Okeze in Tears of the Sun. Featuring Bruce Willis and Monica Bellucci, Tears of The Sun tells the story of a Special Ops team sent to extract a doctor from a war-torn Nigeria following a coup d’etat.
3. Lupita Nyong’o
692.1k Likes, 9,584 Comments – Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on Instagram: “Vibranium by Versace. #Oscars #WakandaForever”
With her fearless portrayal of Nakia in Black Panther, and her upcoming roles as Trevor Noah’s mother in the Born a Crime film adaptation and as Viola Davis’ daughter in The Woman King, Lupita Nyongo’s Hollywood star just keeps shining brighter. But before she ever won her first Academy Award or became a red carpet favourite and style icon, Lupita was the headstrong femme fatale Ayira in the first season of MTV’s Shuga, now available to stream on Showmax. Watch now »
4. Owiso Odera
My heart shattered. My tummy in knots. RIP my friend @owiso … Will miss so much about you. Was always so excited when i saw you on screen. My love and prayers to your beautiful wife and the rest of your family. #RipOwisoOdera ? #OwisoOdera
308 Likes, 6 Comments – Tallia Oyando ?? (@talliaoyando) on Instagram: “My heart shattered. My tummy in knots. RIP my friend @owiso … Will miss so much about you. Was…”
Before his sudden demise in November 2016, Owiso Odera was famously known for his brief but iconic role as Papa Tunde in The Originals. Owiso Odera also joined Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) to solve conflict in a West African nation in the first season of Madam Secretary playing the role of Ambassador Odilon Bokassa. You can also spot Owisa playing Demetrius Rowe in The Good Wife, Season 5.
5. Kiran Shah
#teedo finally gets #bb8 actor #kiranshah at #parismanga thanks to @rutvigvaid for the snap #starwars #TheForceAwakens
311 Likes, 1 Comments – Jn Archive (@jn_archive) on Instagram: “#teedo finally gets #bb8 actor #kiranshah at #parismanga thanks to @rutvigvaid for the snap…”
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Kiran Shah has featured in numerous movies as an actor and a stuntman, including his stint as Elijah Wood’s (Frodo Baggins) scale double in The Lord of the Rings movies and as Teedo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Shah plays Goblin Scribe, a miniature goblin who records events in Goblin town and works as a messenger for the Great Goblin.
The Hobbit Collection, which includes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is now available to stream on Showmax. Watch now »
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