Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Sophie Okonedo Wins Tony Award for Best Female Actor

The Jewish performer was praised for her Broadway debut "A Raisin in the Sun" which also stars Denzel Washington

By: Shalom Life Team

Published: June 9th, 2014 in Culture » Stage » News

British-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo took home the honor for best performance by an actress in a play at the 86th Annual Tony Awards for excellence in Broadway theater.

The daughter of an Ashkenazi woman and a Nigerian father, Okonedo won for her Broadway debut in “A Raisin in the Sun.” The play, about a Chicago family seeking to become wealthy, also stars Denzel Washington.

Producer Scott Rudin “had the vision to know that a Jewish Nigerian woman could play one of America’s most iconic parts,” Okodeno said in her acceptance speech. The mention of her Jewish roots prompted “Jewish Nigerian Brit” to trend on Twitter under the hashtag #TonyAwards, reported The Jewish Week.

Okonedo was previously nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for her role in the movie “Hotel Rwanda.”

Reprinted from JNS.org

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