Sophie Okonedo: From 'Hotel Rwanda' to setting the stage on fire, here's a look at 'Flack' actor's impressive body of work
The 'Flack' actress has been exemplary in her roles on TV, in movies or on stage. Here's a look at the actor's most impressive performances
Sophie Okonedo has come a long way and done some excellent work ever since she entered the industry in 1991. The British actress who currently plays the role of Robyn's (Anna Paquin) boss, Caroline, in 'Flack' has not only featured in films and TV but also appeared on stage, winning a Tony Award and being nominated for an Oscar in the bargain.
'Hotel Rwanda' was a breakthrough for the actor, and for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for an Academy Award. Her work in 'Tsunami: The Aftermath' in 2007, 'Mrs Mandela' and 'Criminal Justice' in 2010 were also much appreciated.
However, it was her work on stage that set her apart from other actresses of her league. She won the Tony Award for her exemplary performance in 2014 for the play 'A Raisin in the Sun'. The play is about a Black family's life in a Chicago neighborhood and is about a death in the family. The play also starred Denzel Washington and Anika Noni Rose.
In 2016, the actor was nominated for the Tony Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in 'The Crucible'. The play written by Arthur Miller is about the Salem witch Ttrials that happened in Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1692-93. Most recently, Sophie's performance in the play 'Antony and Cleopatra' fetched her the Best Actress award from the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
The actor throughout her career has been vocal about the lack of class and racial diversity in the entertainment field, and considers the stage as being ahead of other medium when it comes to colourblind casting.
She said to ES Magazine about being cast as Queen Margaret in 'The Hollow Crown' for BBC's Shakespeare cycle, "We never talked about my colour, it was not a discussion we had."
She further added, "Theatre has always been ahead in terms of colourblind casting," and noted that roles in America were also getting better than the stereotyped girlfriend in the miniskirt.
She also said that class diversity is still a tricky subject in the entertainment sector and observed, "I welcome all the conversations we are having about diversity, about women and about class… I come from a very working-class background and I think the class thing is still probably more tricky."
In an interview with The Guardian in 2009, the actor was asked if she was political to which she said, "Of course I'm political. I'm a black woman living in London, but I'm not going to go into what I think. There's nothing worse than actors spouting about what they think."
Okonedo's next show 'Flack' will premiere on February 21 on Pop. The show is about celebrity PR and the world of crisis management for star clients. Sophie plays the boss of a crisis management company in the show and Anna Paquin, Lydia Wilson and Rebecca Benson play roles of her employees.