– 5 Best Dressed African Actors in Hollywood –
Hollywood is the quintessential stopping point for the serious actor who wants to be noticed. Long known to be an exclusive club, in recent years it has loosened the reins to allow room for a little diversity. In walks some of the best talent by way of Africa, but not all possess the skills to charm the fashion world as they do film. So who are the 5 best dressed African actors in Hollywood? Here’s a list of ALUX’s top five golden boys:
Djimon Hounsou: Born in Cotonou, Bénin, this fine specimen of man began his career as a model in France after being introduced to fashion designer Thierry Mugler. He has worked numerous campaigns but seamlessly made the transition into action when he moved to the United States. He is best known for his roles in Amistad and Blood Diamond for which he was nominated for Best Actor-Drama at Golden Globes Awards and Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.
Dayo Okeniyi: Born in Lagos, Nigeria to a Nigerian father and Kenyan mother, Okeniyi is a new comer to Hollywood. He is best known for his role as Thresh in The Hunger Games. He currently stars as Alec in NBC’s Revolution.
Chris Attoh: Born in Ghana but lived in London for a number of years, Attoh is a well kept secret Hollywood has never heard of, but he ought to be on their radar. He has starred in numerous Ghanaian movies and television shows including Choices. He is currently cultivating a career in the UK and since it seems Hollywood is all a flutter with black Brits, who know they might come calling on him soon.
Idris Elba: Hollywood’s current IT guy was born in London to a Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother. He is marvelous at pleasing crowds both in the UK and the US, some would say he is now a bonafide international super star. On screen since 1994, Elba has a full repertoire of television shows and movies to his credit. He is best known for his role in UK’s crime series Luther, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. On this side of the pond, he is best known for his role as Stringer Bell in HBO’s series The Wire. He is also a singer, producer, rapper, and DJ going under the moniker moniker DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner. He certainly makes the ladies hearts throb.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje: Also simply known as Adewalé, was born in London to Nigerian parents. Before pursuing a full-fledged career as a model and actor, he earned a law degree from King’s College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London. He has been acting his the 1990s and is best known for his role as Simon Adebisi in the HBO prison series Oz, and as Mr. Eko onABC’s survivor drama Lost.
These two didn’t make the top five but they came close.
Adetokumboh M’Cormack and Michael Obiora: M’Cormack was born in Sierra Leone but currently resides on Los Angeles, USA. He is best known for his roles in the television series Lost and Heroes. Obiora was born in London to Nigerian parents. He has been acting since age 9 and has been a staple on the UK’s television screen since. With such talent perhaps it is time he makes a debut in Hollywood.