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June 9, 2014 3:44 pm

Jewish Actress Sophie Okonedo Wins Tony Award

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British-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo, pictured, won a Tony Award Sunday. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgBritish-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.

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