actors Famous TV Actors from Nigeria

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List of famous TV actors from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos of the actors when available. Nigeria has given birth to a lot of talented television actors who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, soap operas, reality shows and more. These are some of the funniest and most talented Nigerian TV stars that have ever lived, so if you're an aspiring actor or actress from Nigeria this list should contain many of your idols. If you're looking for a particular popular actor or actress from Nigeria then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

TV actors on this list include David Oyelowo and Folashade Abugan.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Nigerian TV actors?" and "Which television actors are from Nigeria?"

You can click on the names of these legendary TV stars of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one. If you're a TV junkie use this list of talented Nigerian actresses to find some new TV stars that you haven't already heard of.
Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from Nigeria
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Hugo Wallace Weaving is an Australian-British film and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy. Weaving's first major role was in the 1984 Australian television series Bodyline, as the English cricket captain Douglas Jardine. He first rose to prominence for his performance as Martin in the Australian drama Proof. Other notable works include Tick in the comedy-drama The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; V in the political thriller V for Vendetta; Red Skull in the superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger and multiple roles in the science fiction film Cloud Atlas. He has ...more

Acted In: Bangkok Hilton, HypaSpace, After the Deluge, Bodyline, Bordertown

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom, Australia

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#52 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from Nigeria
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David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo is an English actor. He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln, and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler. On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the British series Spooks, and as of 2014, provides the voice of Imperial Security Bureau agent Kallus on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. In 2014, Oyelowo played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the biographical drama film Selma, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor. ...more

Acted In: Spooks, Blood And Oil, Five Days, Small Island, The Passion, + more

Birthplace: Oxford, England

Nationality: England

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#48 on The Greatest Non-White Actors in Hollywood

#49 on The Best Living English Actors

#78 on The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

#9 on The Best WTF With Marc Maron Episodes Of 2018

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Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from Nigeria
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Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. Prior to the National Basketball Association, Okafor attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and the University of Connecticut. ...more

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

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#96 on The Best NBA Players of the Decade

#9 on The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

#5 on The Best Basketball Players in UConn History

#16 on The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Nigeria
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Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game. He was nicknamed "The Dream" during his basketball career, for his grace on and off the court. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon traveled from his home country to play for the University of Houston under Coach Guy Lewis. ...more

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

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#12 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#4 on The Best NBA Player Nicknames

#6 on The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

#17 on The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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