London based actress, dancer and writer, Zainab Jah popularly known for Buried Deep (2016). She is from Freetown, Sierra Leone but her parents migrated to London when she was just ten years old.
She attended the London Contemporary Dance School, one of the prestigious schools in Europe despite her parents plans to train her to become a Lawyer or Journalist. After a few years at the dance school, she decided to go into acting as a profession.
She started off with small roles in New York City’s Off-Broadway scene and working alongside actors who’d gone to Julliard, Yale, NYU and the likes. Zainab was cast as the first black female Hamlet in a major theater production at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre.
Zainab has featured in films and TV series like Elementary, Homeland, High Heat, Fair Game, and most recently Eclipsed where she played the role of a rebel soldier Maima.
She was awarded the Best Actor from the Philadelphia Critics Awards and 2012 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Featured Actress in a Play for “The Convert” co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California.