Celeste O'Connor (born December 2, 1998) is a Kenyan-born American actor. They are known for playing Paloma Davis in the Amazon original film Selah and the Spades.[1]

Celeste O'Connor
Born (1998-12-02) December 2, 1998 (age 25)
Nairobi, Kenya
EducationJohns Hopkins University
Years active2017–present

Early life and education

Celeste O'Connor was born on December 2, 1998, in Nairobi, Kenya to an American father and Kenyan mother.[2] O'Connor and their younger brother were raised in Baltimore, Maryland by their parents.[3] They attended Notre Dame Preparatory School and studied the violin and singing at Peabody Preparatory. As of April 2020, O'Connor was attending Johns Hopkins University majoring in public health and pre-medicine.[4] They had also taken courses in Islamic studies.[3] O'Connor is interested in the social determinants of health including food security, housing insecurity, and education.


O'Connor played the younger version of Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character in the 2018 Netflix film, Irreplaceable You.[5] They appeared in the 2019 film, Wetlands.[4] In 2019, O'Connor played Paloma Davis in the film, Selah and the Spades.[4] Reporter Anagha Komaragiri of The Daily Californian praised O'Connor's "subtle" and "pensive presence" until the "tense finale."[6] O'Connor was cast in July 2019 for the 2021 film, Ghostbusters: Afterlife.[5]

Personal life

O'Connor is an advocate for improving diversity and representation in the entertainment industry.[4][7]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Wetlands Amy Johnson
2018 Irreplaceable You Teen Abbie
2019 Selah and the Spades Paloma Davis
2020 Freaky Nyla Chones
2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Lucky Domingo
2022 The In Between Shannon
2023 A Good Person Ryan
2024 Madame Web Mattie Franklin / Spider-Woman
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Lucky Domingo Post-production[8]


  1. ^ "Celeste O'Connor (@celeste_oconnor) • Instagram photos and videos". Archived from the original on 2022-09-20. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  2. ^ Patel, Apul (January 14, 2021). "'Freaky' Actress Celeste O'Connor: Black Women Are the Blueprint for Every Form of Art". Archived from the original on November 15, 2023. Retrieved November 15, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Interview with: Celeste O'Connor from Selah and the Spades". MTR Network. 2020-04-17. Archived from the original on 2020-08-12. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  4. ^ a b c d Rao, Sameer (17 April 2020). "Despite coronavirus shutdown, Baltimore actress Celeste O'Connor breaks out in Prime's 'Selah and the Spades'". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on 2020-04-20. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  5. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (July 8, 2019). "'Ghostbusters 2020' Rounds Out Cast With Two Newcomers". Variety. Archived from the original on July 11, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Komaragiri, Anagha (April 24, 2020). "'Selah and the Spades' is smart, stylish teen drama". The Daily Californian. Archived from the original on 2020-04-30. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  7. ^ "Ghostbusters: Afterlife Cast & Character Guide: Who's Returning and Who's New in the Sequel?". Collider. 24 November 2021. Archived from the original on 19 December 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  8. ^ Lopez, Kristen (July 28, 2023). "Sony Pushes 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' Sequel to Easter 2024". TheWrap. Archived from the original on July 28, 2023. Retrieved July 28, 2023.

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