Kenya is country well known worldwide because of its great victory in Olympic Games. The country was also a home for many famous people in the world coming from various fields of work. Kenya is a home of prolific writers, actors, scientists and mentors just but to mention a few. There are many famous actors and actresses born in Kenya or who used to live in Kenya but their tentacles are internationally spread out and are making waves outside the country. At the local cinemas, there are loads of Kenyan actors gracing the big screens and it is only a matter of time before they become recognized in the international scene. The following list comprises of Kenyan actors and actresses who were born in Kenya and are now internationally recognized.
Popular Actors and Actresses Born in Kenya
1. Kiran Shah
Kiran Shah was born in September 1956 in Nairobi and later left for India when he was 12 years old. He is a famous actor that is known by the name Ginarrbrik in his bestselling movies like the Chronicles of Narnia and the witch and the wardrobe. Kiran is not only a good actor but also writes poetry. In addition to being a successful actor, he is also a stuntman.
2. Manoj Sood
Manoj Sood was born in Mombasa town where his parents used to live in May 1962. The actor grew in western Canada and discovered his talent in the year 1991. Manoj was able to act in American MOW. He continuously went to acting classes and has become a victor in the industry of entertainment.
3. Veena Sood
Veena Sood is an Indian by origin and she is internationally recognized in her works in both comedy and drama. She is a sibling of Manoj Sood. The Indian actress was born in Nairobi Kenya and has a theatre degree in Drama which motivated her to come up with the Loose Moose Theatre Company. She has been able to act a lot of plays that have made her very popular and is one of the forces to reckon with among the popular international actresses born in Kenya.
4. Susie Figgis
This is one of the most experienced and highly respected casting directors in the UK. Susan was born and raised in Kenya. The family later went to England where she spent the rest of her life. She first became an assistant in her first workplace but later rose in ranks successfully. Her first release was the dollar bill film which rocked in her teenage life. She went on to surprise people with good works like the Sleepy Hollow and The Full Monty in 1999.all this practice that led her to be prominent was because she took her time working at her cousin’s place. Mike Figgis his cousin showed her a lot of things that she embraced later.
5. Charles Dieva Mnene
Charles, the only child in his family, was born in Nairobi Kenya. He was raised by his grandmother who also took time to take him around Africa. He was one lucky child who lived in different places of the country during his child life. When Charles was nine years old he went to England and lived in Willesden North West of London. Charles loved to watch films and perhaps this is what triggered him to study video production and drama after he left school. Westminster Arts College was the starting point of Charles career as an actor. Charles was later able to be cast in Blue Orange and played the character, Christopher. He has acted in the play The Great Ecstasy and The Chosen Ones.
6. Mary Oyaya
Mary Oyaya was born in Mombasa Kenya. She has always had a goal of becoming an international and famous person since her childhood. Mary has been able to live in various diverse areas in the globe, for instance, Canada, Sweden and Africa. By having a master’s degree in international relations and International social development she has worked in several NGOs and Aspires to work for the society like her parents.
7. Wanjiru M. Njendu
Born in a family of five Wanjiru was considered as her family’s magic. This is because she had a unique personality that made every person be proud of her. Due to this uniqueness, she had many nicknames from friends and the family. She is one woman who still stands for the need to protect the African values. This can be depicted from the plays she has acted reflecting what most African cultures valued.she never wanted the influence of any bad form that was meant to lower the African cultural values.
8. Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai was born in April 1940.She was a Kenyan citizen by birth. The activist, who stood to her words till her last minute on earth, Wangari received her education in Kenya and the United States of America. Wangari formed a movement that was meant to educate the society the importance of tree planting. People later realized that nurturing the environment and planting trees was important. She won a Nobel peace prize in the world. She died in the year 2011. She also featured in the following movies: Here to Stay (2009), Dirt! The Movie (2009), The 11th Hour (2007), Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008), etc.
9. Edi Mue Gathegi
Edi Mue Gathegi is a famous Kenyan actor who was born in Nairobi, Kenya but grew up in Albany, California. He is one of the most talented and popular actors from Kenya to grace the American film industry where he has featured in several high grossing movies like “house TV series” where he played the role of Dr Jeffrey Cole, Cheese in the 2007 movie: Gone Baby Gone. Other movies he starred in include: X-Men: First Class, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Nikita, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series), just to name a few.
10. Zena Marshall
Zena was born and raised in Kenya up to the age of nine. She was born by a French mother and an Irish father. After her father’s death, Zena and her mother left the country and went to live in Leicestershire with a foster father. She discovered her talent and has featured in many rocking movies like Snowbound, Danger Man and So Long at the Fair.