Beverly Naya Early Life
Beverly Naya, born on 17 April 1989 and raised in London, England, Beverly received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and in film. Beverly Naya debuted in Nigerian film industry five years ago earning herself BON Awards’ ‘Most Promising Actor’ 2010 and City People’s ‘Fastest Rising Actress’ 2011.
Nollywood actress Beverly Naya has said she never really thought she was beautiful as a child, adding that she had low self-esteem issues. The actress said she was bullied for “having really bad eczema, crooked teeth, a light bulb head and football legs”.
“I never thought I was beautiful as a child and once I hit my early teens, I found myself overcompensating for my lack of self esteem,” she wrote in a post on her Instagram page.
“I wanted to please in every way to the detriment of my own happiness…this carried on into my early twenties when after two years of living in Nigeria.
“I nearly completely lost myself trying to fit in and be understood/liked. I guess growing up as an only child has partly attributed to my reserved nature.
“I’m an introvert when you first meet me but an extrovert when comfortable, most times socially awkward on first encounter (first few encounters in some cases lol) but my heart is always in the right place…I’m not perfect.”
In 2011, Naya starred alongside OC Ukeje in the AMAA Award nominated hit film Alan Poza, her performance earned her another nomination for BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE.
Beverly Naya Biography and Profile
Beverly Naya, born 17 April 1989, is a British-born Nigerian actress. She won Most Promising Talent at the 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards. She also won the award for Fast Rising Actress at the 2011 City People Entertainment Awards.
In the years to follow, Beverly Naya starred in Make A Move, Forgetting June, When Love Happens and Something Wicked. Naya also acted in the thought provoking film Stripped opposite veteran actor Ramsey Noah and acclaimed actor Joseph Benjamin.
She also starred alongside iconic actress Omotola Ekeinde Jalade in the big budget film ‘Up Creek’.
In 2013, Beverly Naya made her television series debut in Passport, a BET tv series shot entirely in Atlanta, Georgia. Not long after wrapping up the series, Naya landed herself a supporting role as the feisty and seductive Yaya Gardia on M-Net’s number one soap, Tinsel.
Beverly is currently one of the four lead females in the new and exciting ‘Sex and The City’ inspired television series, Before 30 as well as the lead in ‘Surulere’, a film directed by Mildred Okwo and executive produced by Rita Dominic, the same team behind the award winning film ‘The Meeting’.
Amongst other film projects, Beverly Naya is set to star in her first international big budget feature film in the months to come.
Not only is Beverly Naya a Dark and Lovely brand ambassador but she is also an activist, she is constantly looking for ways to positively effect change and growth in our society.
Amongst other campaigns, Beverly Naya is the founder of her very own campaign called #FiftyShadesOfBlack which was created to empower black women and girls to love themselves.
Listing her mother, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie amongst others as her influence, Beverly Naya is definitely a young lady, who has the attitude and passion to physically reach up and touch the stars and is unquestionably one to watch out for in the future.
Who is Beverly Naya?
It was fun. I always say this, I was an only child so it was quiet and whatever, but it was nice because my parents showed me a lot of love. Till this very moment they still show me a lot of love. All they wanted was just for me to be grounded and not to be spoilt because they don’t want me to rely on them or depend on them too much. They wanted to ensure that they raised a grounded, responsible, humble being and I’m thankful for the way they raised me because I am where I am today based on those morals that they instilled in me.
I started acting in London when I was about 17 and I just realized I was just very passionate about the craft and I decided to carry on acting and pursuing a career in that field, that’s basically it. I’ve always loved Edward Norton. He’s a fantastic actor. I’ve always loved him. I think his ability to completely become the character is phenomenal. I think he’s a really good actor, so I watch a lot of his films. I also love Meryl Streep. I think she’s the best actor in the world as far as I’m concerned. I think these two actors, along with Denzel Washington are actors who have inspired me along the way.
Education and Career
After I graduated from Brunel University London, I just knew that I wanted to act. I knew I wanted to act and in London I could shoot a film probably once in a year and that’s it. Whereas coming to this industry, I can build a brand as well as shoot films more often and be given a more diverse amount of scripts. So, I decided to come back for that reason.
I used to model. I used to model in London and I did some modelling work in Nigeria as well. But now, as the opportunity presents itself, so far as the pay is good then I’m willing to model. I do a lot of script writing and I’m producing some short films this year as well.
I think we’ve grown a lot as an industry over the last decade to be honest. If you compare films that were shot as little as three to four years ago, compare the, to the films we have today, there has been a huge, huge difference. So, I think I came at the right time because right now, we have a lot of quality films that are being produced and directed and a lot of trained professionals coming back to contribute to this industry, which is fantastic.
Awards and Nominations
- Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress
- Fast Rising Actress at the 2011 City People Entertainment Awards
My Top Movies
Most of my films haven’t been released. That’s the thing. A lot of my films have not been released so a lot of people know me as an actress but they haven’t seen my work. Thankfully, you have Weekend Getaway which has been released, Alan Poza was premiered but it hasn’t been released. I think I got a lot of buzz from Weekend Getaway and I’m so sure that once Alan Poza is officially released to the Nigerian market, I’ll gain a lot of publicity from that one too. Fortunately, I was nominated for two awards at the NAFCA’s, that’s’ the African Oscars. I was nominated for Best Lead Actress for Alan Poza and Best Supporting Actress for Weekend Getaway. In both categories, I think I’m up against Genevieve Nnaji, Ini Edo, Monalisa Chinda, the heavyweights of the industry. So, we’ll see what happens, it’s an honour.
You always look ravishing at events do you have any particular designer?
I have a few designers that I work with. Thankfully, they are always willing to design for me and make me look exactly how I want to look on the red carpet, so that’s good. When I’m not working with designers then I just usually wear something that’s in my wardrobe or go shopping and buy something. I just like to look nice.
Men I Fancy
I always say I love a gentleman. I think any man who can treat a woman with respect and appreciate her hard work in everything that she’s achieved and not feel insecure about that, is definitely a strong man and a man that I could see myself with. God fearing is also very important, handsome, ambitious and a goal-getter.
Sex Before Marriage
In an interview with Genevieve Magazine, the actress said something many celebrities will be reluctant to say openly in Nigeria. She lends her support to sex before marriage. “I understand sex before marriage,” she says since “You don’t want to end up with someone who gives you bad sex.” She uses herself to illustrate the point. “I would love to abstain but I don’t want to be in a situation where the guy is impotent or can’t please me. I will resent him.”
In regards to what I do, I just take care of myself, I take care of my skin and I wash my face every night, every morning, just to keep it fresh.
My Favourite Nigerian food
First one would be pounded yam with maybe Nsala or draw soup, I love it. Second would be grilled fish with plantain and pepper sauce, heaven, I love it (laughs).
People I Admire
I love Onyeka Onwenu. Aunty Onyeka Onwenu, I love her. I think she’s a fantastic actress. I think she’s very graceful as well. I love her presence. When she walks into a room, everybody notices her. She’s just very beautiful, very graceful and she’s very deep as well. So, I love watching her in films.
There are a lot right now. I really love Wizkid right now. I think Wizkid’s music is amazing and I love the fact that he continuously re-invents himself so that he never becomes boring or monotonous. I think that’s what every artiste needs to do in order to stay current and I think he does that really, really well. For now, at this moment in time, I love Wizkid’s music and Burna Boy. I think they are both doing fantastic.
Family and Fun Time
I just like to spend time with my family. If not, then I watch a nice TV show, read a good book or go to the spa. There’s always something for me to do or I go out with my friends.
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