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Ngozi Paul is a Canadian stage and screen actress, writer, director and producer. She is best known as the creator, executive producer, and actress of the Global TV hit comedic drama Da Kink in My Hair.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Education||National Screen Institute|
Stratford Birmingham Conservatory
Canadian Film Centre Film Lab
|Occupation||Actress, Writer, Director, Producer|
|Relatives||Annamie Paul (sister)|
Paul was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, to a father from Dominica and a mother from St. Kitts and Nevis. She is the younger sister of Green Party of Canada leader, Annamie Paul. With academic roots in Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Ngozi began her acting career on stage at the Stratford Festival of Canada.
In 2003, Paul was listed as one of Toronto's top ten actors by Now Magazine. She is the recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Award for her work with the Stratford Festival, and was Best Actress nominee at the International Black Film Festival for her performance in the film Banyan. She played a leading role in Charles Officer's Genie-nominated film Short Hymn, Silent War, featured at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. More recently, Paul played a young Nelson Mandela in the Toronto production of the screenplay In the Freedom of Dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela.
Paul's production credits include founding Ngozika Productions, which showcases film and TV projects from an Afro-Canadian perspective. In addition to being co-producer of the Tonya Williams Gospel Jubilee, Paul served as the creative director, associate producer, story editor and as a writer on the Gemini-nominated series Lord Have Mercy! (2003). Paul was a participant of Talent Lab, a four-day program for emerging filmmakers interested in mobile movie filmmaking.
Following a 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 (2007-2009).
In 2015, Paul's 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 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.” She currently has a docu-series on-air entitled Care for Color and is in development of The 1st Time Project, a multi-platform documentary exploring female sexuality from inter-generational and inter-cultural perspectives.
Paul raises awareness for social issues such as domestic violence and homophobia within the West Indian community. In 2005, she was a celebrity cast member for the Toronto performance of The Vagina Monologues with proceeds helping local organizations that assist women in abusive relationships. Paul has been a global ambassador for Because I'm A Girl and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
|2010||Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter||Performer – Julia||Canadian Stage|
|2015||The Watershed||Performer||Crow's Theatre and Porte Parole|
|2015||The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely||Performer, Playwright||Ngozika Productions and Pandemic Theatre|
|2016||The Watershed||Performer||Crow's Theatre and Porte Parole|
|2017||The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely||Performer, Playwright||Crow's Theatre and Emancipation Arts|
|2017||A&R Angels||Performer||Crow's Theatre|
|2018||Love and Information||Performer||Canadian Stage|
|2001||Leap Year||Yes||Female Assistant||Episode 1.20|
|2004||Lord Have Mercy!||Yes|
|2007-2009||Da Kink in My Hair||Yes||Yes||Yes||Starr||4 Episodes: "The Flesh is Weak" "Tangled Web" "Deranged Marriage" and "Backsliding"|
|2008||Embracing Da Kink||Yes||Herself||TV Documentary|
|2011||The Hour||Yes||Herself||Episode 8.31|
|2015||Care for Color||Yes||Yes||Herself|
|2020||FreeUp! The Emancipation Day Special||Yes||Yes||Yes||Host|
|2002||Short Hymn, Silent War||Yes||Ruth|
|2004||Da Kink in My Hair||Yes||Starr||TV Movie|
|2007||Talk To Me||Yes||Susan|
|2011||The First Time||Yes||Yes|