Beverly Naya

Beverly Naya Biography- A London-trained Nollywood Actress 

Highlights:

  • A native of Delta State, Nigeria, born in London, UK, on April 17, 1989
  • An alumnus of Brunel University and Roehampton University, London
  • Founder of ‘Be Naya’, an agricultural processing company
  • Convener of the campaign ‘Fifty Shades of Black’.

Who Is Beverly Naya?

Beverly Ifunaya Bassey, popularly known as Beverly Naya, is a Nollywood actress, film producer, entrepreneur and lifestyle enthusiast.

She began her career as an actress while she was still a student in the UK, before she moved to Nigeria to join Nollywood.

Beverly is also a motivational speaker that speaks to young people about self-love, self-esteem and self-discovery. 

Her drive for motivating young people is as a result of what she went through as a black kid in the UK. According to her, she was bullied as a child for her skin colour.

So she took it upon herself to constantly inspire young black people to love themselves.

She loves natural environments, engages in agriculture and is one of the few female celebrities that loves to rock her natural hair.

Beverly Naya

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Beverly Naya was born in London, United Kingdom, on April 17, 1989.

She is an indigene of Igbuzor, Delta State Nigeria and the only child of her parents.

Beverly was raised in London, United Kingdom where she had her basic and high school education, before proceeding to Brunel University.

At Brunel University, she began by studying Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. 

During the course of her study, she discovered her love for plays so she switched courses to study Dance and Drama.

She went on to attend Roehampton University, London where she obtained a degree in script-writing and film-making.

Career

Beverly Naya began her acting career in 2006, while she was still a student at Brunel University.

She started with roles in short films for the British Broadcasting Corporation and The Metropolitan Police. 

Beverly Naya

She also featured in theater productions like Crave, Stoning Mary and took up small roles as an extra cast before she began to land major roles.

In 2011, she returned to Nigeria and got her first role in Nollywood that same year in the movie ‘Home in Exile’.

Beverly had her first television series role in Tinsel, followed by her role as Queeny in Passport and Nkem in Before 30.

She is mostly taking up roles in movies. Since her rise to fame, she has featured in over 40 films.

Some of the movies she has acted in include Stripped, Lockdown, Fusion, Chief Daddy, Cold Feet and The Fast Lane.

In 2016, She starred alongside OC Ukeje, Adesua Etomi and Iretiola Doyle in the romantic drama film titled ‘The Arbitration’.

That same year, she had a lead role as Lamine in ‘Lamine’ and a supporting role as Rosie in ‘The Wedding Party’.

She played the lead character alongside Uzor Arukwe, Bucci Franklin and Daniel Etim in the 2022 romantic drama movie ‘The One For Sarah’.

Beverly is also an entrepreneur and the owner of ‘Be Naya’, an agricultural processing company. 

She has a farm and is very much interested in the needs of those in the lower class.

Beverly came up with a campaign themed ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ to eliminate discrimination against black people.

In 2018, she created a documentary based on the campaign to make the move more palpable.

Awards

  • Most Promising Talent at the 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards.
  • Fast Rising Actress, awarded at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2011
  • Best Actress awarded at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival for her role in ‘Demon Inside’.
  • Best Actress and Entrepreneur awarded by Forbes 30 under 30 Africa in 2018.
  • Best Documentary for her work in ‘Skin’, awarded at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards in 2020.

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