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The Film That Lit My Fuse: ‘Hotel Rwanda’ & ‘Ratched’ Star Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Sophie Okonedo, the British actress who recently featured in Ratched and will this year appear in Sky series Britannia and Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile. Okonedo worked in British TV for many years before she got her movie break on Stephen Frears’s Dirty Pretty Things. This led to her Oscar-nominated performance in 2004’s Terry George picture Hotel Rwanda. Okonedo also has a successful stage career, winning a Tony for her turn alongside Denzel Washington in the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

In The Film That Lit My Fuse, Okonedo reveals how seeing a Black orphan perform in Annie at the Royal Variety Performance helped cement her ambition to become an actress. “From that moment on, I’ve not really wavered,” she told Deadline. Later inspirations included Brit pics Made In Britain and Meantime, while Bette Davis is one of her icons. She also reveals her love of The Sopranos.

Check out the video above.

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