Kenyan actress who made her film debut in the powerful 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She also portrays the character Maz Kanata in Star Wars.
She graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in film and theatre studies and later attended the Yale School of Drama.
She won several awards for her work in 12 Years a Slave, including a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in 2013.
She was born to Dorothy and Peter Anyang Nyong'o in Mexico. She has an older sibling and four younger ones.