Who are the most famous Cape Verdean actors? Here’s our top 10 list of Cape Verdean American actors and actresses in television and movies.
1. Chelsea Tavares
Chelsea Royce Tavares is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Cranberry on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, Autumn Williams on the Nickelodeon series Just Jordan, Patience Roberts in The CW series All American, and the voice and motion capture for Nora Harris in the video game The Last of Us Part II.
2. Anika Noni Rose
Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for voicing Tiana, Disney’s first African-American movie protagonist, as seen in The Princess and the Frog (2009). She was named a Disney Legend in 2011.
She is also known for her starring role as Lorrell Robinson in the Academy Award-winning film Dreamgirls (2006) and for playing LaVerne “Jukebox” Ganner in the Starz series Power. She is also known for her performances in theatre, particularly for her starring roles as Emmie Thibodeaux in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change (2004), for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and Beneatha Younger in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun (2014), for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
3. Michael Beach
Michael Anthony Beach (born October 30, 1963) is an American actor. He has appeared in films Lean on Me (1989), One False Move (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Waiting to Exhale (1995), A Family Thing (1996), Soul Food (1997), and Aquaman (2018). On television, he has starred as Al Boulet on the NBC medical drama ER from 1995 to 1997. From 1999 to 2005, Beach was a regular cast member in another NBC drama series, Third Watch, as Monte Parker, and as T.O. Cross in FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
4. Aeriél Miranda
Aeriél Christine Gabrielle “ARI” Miranda (born April 3, 1992) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her recurring role as Shana Fring on Freeform’s series Pretty Little Liars (2013–2015). She was first introduced as Shana on the web series, Pretty Dirty Secrets (2012), prior to appearing on Pretty Little Liars. Miranda also recurred as Lana on The Nine Lives of Chloe King and The CW series The Tomorrow People. Other roles include Straight Outta Compton (film debut) and the OWN comedy For Better or Worse.
5. Ashley Holliday Tavares
Ashley Holliday Tavares is an American actress best known for playing Chloe Delgado on the 2010 ABC Family series Huge and Melissa Sanders on the 2012 Nick at Nite serial drama Hollywood Heights.
6. Sara Martins
Sara Martins (born 19 August 1977) is a Portuguese-born French actress of Cape Verdean descent. She is known in France for her roles on television and in film and theatre. She also appeared as Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey in the joint British-French crime comedy-drama Death in Paradise, filmed in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department. She left the show halfway through series 4 (January 2015). She later returned to Season 10 E6 to reprise her role temporarily.
7. Tim Reid
Timothy Lee Reid (born December 19, 1944) is an American actor, comedian and film director best known for his roles in prime time American television programs, such as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82), Marcel “Downtown” Brown on Simon & Simon (1983–87), Ray Campbell on Sister, Sister (1994–99) and William Barnett on That ’70s Show (2004–06). Reid starred in a CBS series, Frank’s Place, as a professor who inherits a Louisiana restaurant. Reid is the founder and president of Legacy Media Institute, a non-profit organization “dedicated to bringing together leading professionals in the film and television industry, outstanding actors, and young men and women who wish to pursue a career in the entertainment media”.
8. Lena Horne
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American dancer, actress, singer, and civil rights activist. Horne’s career spanned over seventy years, appearing in film, television, and theatre. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood.
Horne advocated for human rights and took part in the March on Washington in August 1963. Later she returned to her roots as a nightclub performer and continued to work on television, while releasing well-received record albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than 300 performances on Broadway. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, retreating from the public eye in 2000.
9. Milton Lopes
Milton Lopes won the Best Actor Award with his first participation in a feature film, the award wining The Dauphin. He was born in Cape Verde Islands and grew up in Portugal where he worked as an actor in various TV Series, Theatre Shows and Feature Films. He recently played John “The Savage” in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World for BBC Radio 4. The four languages that he speaks allows him to work in the UK, Portugal, France, Brazil, Mexico and Angola. He made is debut appearance in a British film in Bonobo, the first feature film of the award winning director Matthew Hammett Knott. He works as well as circus aerialist, having performed in the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. worked with Extraordinary Bodies (UK), Strange Fruit (Australia), Circo Crescer e Viver (Brazil), Fura Dels Baus ( Spain) and Graeae Theatre Company (UK). His singing voice got him the lead role Macheath in Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, a co-production by Graeae, New Wolsey Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep. His physicality allowed him to be part of the cast of the immersive physical theatre show Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare, directed by Pia Furtado and produced by The Theory of Everything in Peckham Multistorey Carpark in London. He is part of the London cast of Exhibit B by Brett Bailey.
10. Raimundo Querido
Raimundo Querido is known for Uncharted (2022), Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) and The Transporter Refueled (2015).