Ngozi Paul is an award-winning stage and screen actress, writer, director, and producer. Born and raised in Toronto to pan-African parents from the Caribbean islands, her upbringing created the foundation for her work as a social and cultural innovator.
With academic roots in the prestigious Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Ngozi began her acting career on stage at the Stratford Festival of Canada.
Following the groundbreaking and successful run of the theatre production ‘da Kink in My Hair, Ngozi co-created, executive produced, and starred in the television series of the same name. This top-rated sitcom has been broadcast and celebrated around the world.
Some acting highlights include the wide-eyed beauty, Starr in ‘da Kink in My Hair, Her in Crow’s Theatre’s A&R Angels (directed by Chris Abraham) and Julia in Canadian Stage’s Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter: An Attempt at the Truth (directed by Matthew Jocelyn). Ngozi has been cast opposite Oscar Nominees Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Talk to Me and in The Whistleblower with Oscar Award winner Rachel Weisz.
Most recently, her play The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely—which she penned and in which she starred—was nominated for six Dora awards and won Outstanding New Play. This hilarious and evocative tale weaves Paul’s personal stories with the story of Sarah Baartman (aka The Venus Hottentot) in a transcontinental allegory on the black woman’s multitudinous identity. Lovely prompted Toronto’s Now Magazine to write, “The magnetic Paul holds every moment onstage in a fierce, funny and moving performance.”
Paul remains steadfast in her mission to produce innovative, evocative, and compelling content that showcases the diversity of human experience. She currently has a docu-series on-air entitled Care for Color and is in advanced development of The 1st Time Project, a multi- platform documentary exploring female sexuality from inter-generational and inter-cultural perspectives.
She has traveled the world extensively in both personal and professional capacities, most notably as a global ambassador for Because I’m A Girl and the Steven Lewis Foundation.
Ngozi Paul has received many industry awards, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Spotlight Performance Award, a CAB (Canadian Association of Broadcasters) Award, and has been nominated for the Canadian Screen Award Hottest TV Star, the Canadian Screen Award Best Ensemble Cast.