Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan actress notably known for her role in the Black Panther film series, has been active in the film industry since 2005. The actress belongs to a political family, which faced hardships due to unrest in the country during the 1980s.
Nyong’o has made a name for herself in Hollywood due to her excellent acting abilities. Along the way, she has also been able to accumulate a huge amount of wealth. Here is everything we know about her net worth and earnings.
Lupita Nyong’o Net Worth
As the website Celebrity Net Worth, Lupita Nyong’o has a net worth of $10 million. Most of these earnings came from her successful film, television, and stage career. However, things were not always as smooth since the actress and her family had to flee their country in 1980.
Nyong’o was born three years later in Mexico City and now holds dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship. Her family returned to Kenya when she was still a toddler. She had always been interested in acting since she started participating in school plays from a young age.
The actress made her professional debut with the play Romeo and Juliet when she was 14. She was cast in the role of Juliet by the Nairobi-based production company Phoenix Players. She then went on to appear in two more plays for the company, On The Razzle and There Goes The Bride.
Film and Television Career
Nyong’o started her film career as a part of the production crew for films like The Constant Gardener (2005), The Namesake (2006), and Where God Left His Shoes (2007). In 2008, she then starred in a short film named East River and wrote and directed a documentary, In My Genes, in 2009.
The actress then got a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama and was cast in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave (2013). She played Patsey, a slave working at a Louisiana cotton plantation, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Nyong’o then had co-starring roles in Non-Stop (2014) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). In 2016, she voiced Raksha, the mother wolf in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book. In 2017, she reprised her role as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Black Panther and Worldwide Recognition
In 2018, Nyong’o starred as Nakia in Black Panther, her most loved appearance so far. She played one of the personal bodyguards to T’Challa and underwent martial arts training for the role. The film was one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, and Nyong’o ended up receiving a Saturn Award for Best Actress nomination.
After the success of Black Panther, she went on to star in Little Monsters and US (2019) and once again played the role of Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In 2022, she starred as Nakia again in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The actress also has a number of television credits to her name, including MTV’s Shuga, the documentaries Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o, Who Are You, Charlie Brown? and Serengeti, and animated shows Star Wars Forces of Destiny and Star Wars Rebels.
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