Kenyan actress and filmmaker. She made her American film debut in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, as Patsey.
Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1983, to a Kenyan family, and was raised primarily in Kenya. Her father is politician Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. He was the former Kenyan Minister for Medical Services and was elected in 2013 to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate. Her cousin Isis Nyong’o was named one of Africa’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine in 2012.