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Top 10 Best Paid Kenyan Actors And Actresses

Hollywood is one of the top American movie and film production studio based in USA that has been home for a couple of Kenyan actors and actresses.

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Kenyans working for Hollywood are no doubt highest paid actors and actresses due to its large market and popularity.

The list below looks at Kenyans who have worked with Hollywood and earned themselves a nice big salary cheque.

Edi Gathegi

Edi Mue Gathegi from Kenya has been featured in more Hollywood films than any other Kenyan actor or actress.

Born in 1979, he found himself in the USA when he was 3 years old after his family had moved in California, USA.

He makes our top list of Kenyan actors earning a high salary with a huge salary.

He also charges so dearly inline with his career

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Here are 10 facts about him.

  1. His initial plan to play basketball at the University of California did not go on well
  2. So he went back to New York University where he studied arts and majored into acting career.
  3. His big appearances have been cast into top flying movies such as The Blacklist, The Blacklist: Redemption, StartUp, X-Men: First Class, Twilight, House, CSI: Miami, Nikita, Into the Badlands, Veronica Mars, Crank and Lincoln Heights
  4. He was borne in Umoja Estate located in Nairobi. He only came back to Kenya when he was 16 years old.
  5. Gathegi’s first professional role was the Haitian Cabbie in the 2006 film Crank.
  6. Edi loves Ugali, potatoes and Sauti sol band
  7. He speaks very little Swahili.
  8. The ace has not worked with the Kenyan borne actress in Hollywood Lupita Nyong’o
  9. The 38 year old began his career in 2006
  10. He was Nominated for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Franco Wicks in the Geffen Playhouse production of “Superior Donuts”


Benji Onyango

Better known as Benjamin Alfred Onyango Ochieng’ , he is one of the Kenyans currently working at US top film industry Hollywood.

He has been featured in top movies despite the fact that he might not be well known to many, you probably have watched or heard of one of the movies he has been featured in.

Benji also charges so dearly and earns a hefty salary during his line of duty.

Here are 10 facts about Benjamin Onyango

  1. His top movies he worked on include Tears of The sun in 2003, God’s Not Dead in 2014 and Beautifully Broken 2017
  2. He was also been featured in Trusts and Estates ,2013,  X-Files, General Hospital, Two Worlds, The Shield, Dysfunctional Organized and Chapter One
  3. He is majorly used in Swahili roles in regards to his eloquence and master of the language
  4. After being born in Nairobi, Kenya he left in 1987 in quest for further education in US
  5. He attended California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California and also went to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in Music and Acting.
  6. He was raised in Nairobi’s low class estate Ofafa Jericho
  7. He went to Ofafa Jericho Primary School and later Ofafa Jericho Secondary School.
  8. He was a leader of a band named Fireplace then while still in Nairobi, he was also a Lead guitarist
  9. The famous joint of the actor and the band fireplace was Revolving Restaurant which was located at the top of top of the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC)
  10. While growing up, he was greatly involved in drama bearing in mind that he did scripts that would later be used by Youth Group at Jericho Baptist Church.

 Lupita Nyongó

She was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya. her father is one of the prominent politicians in Kenya currently the governor of Kisumu county.

Lupita would be remembered in 2017 for recommending her father for the Kisumu governor race.

She has been working with Hollywood for almost now a decade.

In 2018, she was listed as the highest-paid actress in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million (Ksh. 7.5 billion) between November 2017 and November 2018, a nearly $40 million (Ksh.4 Billion)lead over her closest competition.

Here are 10 facts about Lupita

  1. She was featured in the top movies such as 12 years as a slave, Balck Panther, Star Wars and Queen of Katwe
  2. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College.
  3. Lupita started her career at Hollywood as a production assistant before  making a debut in 2008.
  4. She was in Kenya during her project of Shuga in 2009
  5. She has also a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama
  6. Lupita became the first Kenyan to win an Oscar award,  Academy Award.
  7. She is the second six in a family of six. Also posses a dual citizenship of Kenyan and Mexican
  8. Lupita leaves currently in USA in Brooklyn. .
  9. She is very fluent in Luo, Spanish, Swahili and English
  10. The actress is aged 34 years old. She has never made her relationship status public

Christine Wawira

She is also another top paid Kenyan based in USA, she earns top her living from Hollywood as an actress.

She has been featured in more than 13 movies. But her top with Hollywood include  East African Girl, Flash, Blacklisted, Sign of the Dragon, and Night Call 

Lenny Juma

He is also a top earning actor in Hollywood.

His famous work is recorded in Tomb Rider, Cradle of mankind-2003 and Lara Croft among others

Raymond Ofula

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He is also a Kenyan born actor living in USA. He has been featured in top movies such as Lara Croft, To Walk with Lions and Cradle of Mankind. Just like his fellow Lenny Juma

Lenny though salary still in review, earns a nice salary to make it into this list of top earners.

Karara Muhoro

Kenyan actor is better known for the Resident Evil, Congo and Phone Booth films

He earns nice money based on the top jobs he has also accomplished

Charles Gitonga Maina

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He studies in USA, and got a chance to act with Hollywood. Better known for his roles in The Air Up There. He was also a basketball player.

With experience and nice education backgroundd, Maina is another money bag actor

Owiso Odero

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Based in USA, he has been featured in  top films such as Blue Bloods (CBS), Numb3rs (CBS), The Unit (CBS), FlashForward (ABC)

Odero is also a good salary earner in Hollywood

David Mulwa

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David Mulwa also earns a salary to put a smile on the face

Kenyan from Hollywood, he is known for his roles in To Walk with Lions (1999), The Knife Grinder’s Tale (2007) and The Great Elephant Escape (1995). 

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