Frederick Nnaemeka Leonard, (born May 1, 1976)[1][2] is a Nigerian actor who won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a movie at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards in 2014[3][4] and in 2016 won the City People Movie Award For Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English) at the City People Entertainment Awards.[5]

Frederick Leonard
Frederick Nnaemeka Leonard

(1980-05-01) 1 May 1980 (age 43)
Alma materKaduna Polytechnic
Years active2001–Present

Early life and education edit

Leonard was born in Anambra State in Nigeria which is a south-eastern geographical area of Nigeria predominantly occupied by the Igbo people of Nigeria. He is the firstborn child of his parents in a family of four consisting of two children, a mother and a father. He received primary education in St Peter's Anglican Primary School, Alausa, Ikeja In Lagos State and attended Oregun High School in Oregun, Ikeja In Lagos State also for secondary education.[6] In bid to obtain a degree he relocated to Kaduna State In Northern Nigeria and applied to Kaduna Polytechnic where he was accepted and eventually graduated with a degree in biochemistry.[6][7]

Career edit

Leonard debuted his career into the Nigerian movie industry in 2001 where he played brief one scene roles and took a break from acting almost immediately as he debuted in order to complete his university education and obtain a degree. Upon completion of his university education, Leonard returned to the Nigerian movie industry referred to commonly as Nollywood in 2008 and obtained his first ever lead role character in a movie titled Indian Doctor.[8] In 2009, he ventured into the Nigerian TV soap opera series and featured in a TV series titled Disclosure which aired predominantly on Africa Magic on DSTV. Leonard debuted his career with a movie titled Grey and subsequently in 2019 produced a movie titled Void.[9][10][11]

Influence edit

Leonard credited Bimbo Akintola, a Nigerian female actress as one of the people who have influenced his acting style.[8]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [4]
2015 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated [12]
2016 City People Movie Award Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English) Won [5]
Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Actor Woeman Won [13]

Personal life edit

Leonard is an orphan and has spoken publicly about the devastating impact of losing both parents especially the death of his mother which he described as an unfortunate incident that has created a void in his life.[1] Leonard in an interview with a Nigerian print media This Day, described himself as introvert and not the party type and also revealed that he doesn't drink nor smoke and maintains a very small circle of few friends and family.[1]

Selected filmography edit

Films (partial) edit

  • Our Jesus Story (2020)
  • Void (2019)
  • The Reunion (2019)
  • A Better Family (2018) as Nick
  • In Every Way (2018) as Dominic
  • Discontent (2017) as Damian
  • Discontent II (2017) as Damian
  • Monster Under Skin (2015)
  • Monster Under Skin II (2015)
  • Indian Doctor (2008)
  • 40 Looks Good on You
  • Desperate son (2021)
  • The Royal dignity (2021)

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Frederick Leonard: It's Been a Struggle for Three Years Without My Mom". THISDAYLIVE. 2019-03-02. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  2. ^ "Nollywood Actor Frederick Leonard is a year older today (Born May 1st)". Nollywood Community. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  3. ^ "Full List Of Winners". Pulse Nigeria. 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  4. ^ a b yaasomuah (2014-10-30). "Glitz & Glam: Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA)". Yaa Somuah. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  5. ^ a b "Full List Of Winners at 2016 City People Entertainment Awards". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  6. ^ a b "I didn't bleach, my skin has adapted to comfort— Frederick Leonard". Punch Newspapers. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  7. ^ "I've nothing against Homosexuals in Nollywood—Frederick Leonard". Vanguard News. 2016-07-23. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  8. ^ a b sunnews (2017-04-23). "Why I can't be lured into love affair –Fredrick Leonard, actor". The Sun Nigeria. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  9. ^ Retrieved 2019-12-17 – via PressReader. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Okechukwu, Daniel (2019-03-14). "In 'Void', Grief is Well Explored but Unconvincingly Portrayed". The Culture Custodian (Est. 2014). Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  11. ^ "I am a proud person not arrogant — Frederick Leonard". Vanguard News. 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  12. ^ Mawuli, David (2015-09-07). "John Dumelo, Lilwin, Yvonne Okyere, others nominated for GIAMA Awards 2015". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2022-08-06.
  13. ^ "Two years after, Ini Edo emerges winner of ZAFAA Best Actress award". Vanguard News. 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2021-09-17.

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