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Theresa Edem, Nollywood Actress

Theresa Edem-Isemin is an actress, voice-over artist, writer, model and filmmaker. Born in Akwa Ibom State in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, Theresa started harbouring a passion for the performing arts from a very young age. This passion found expression in school dance troupes, drama clubs and in church. In 2012, Theresa decided to follow her passion and pursue acting professionally. This decision led to her quitting her office job to attend the Royal Arts Academy. There, she earned a Diploma in Acting, graduating top of her class.

Since starting to act professionally, Theresa’s career has developed in leaps and bounds. She played her first major role in the Royal Arts Academy production, “After The Proposal”. Following that, she featured in several stage plays, TV films and radio dramas, including, MTV’s ShugaRadio. Her big break came in 2014, when she was asked to play “Angela Dede” on M-Net Tinsel.

Following her success on Tinsel, Theresa has gone on to portray several major characters in films and TV series, the most notable of these being, “Princess Ama” in Ayamma, “Isioma” on Hotel Majestic and “Rita” in This Thing Called Marriage. In addition to that, she has starred in several Africa Magic Original Films (AMOFs) such as While We Worked Things Out, alongside Chris Attoh and Bakers Daughter, alongside Deyemi Okanlawon.

When Theresa is not working in front of the camera, she is honing her skills behind it. She has written several short stories and screenplays, some of which she has developed into short films. Her first short film, “Grey Area” was released in 2014. She has since produced another film, “We”, which was directed by Yemi Morafa (Filmboy).

Besides film, Theresa models for big brands. She starred in one of Jumia’s first TV adverts and was recently named the face of Miss Fashion Week Africa. As the face of Miss Fashion Week African, she is able to pursue her passion for fashion, amongst other things, and help develop aspiring models in Africa.

PERSONAL LIFE
Theresa was born into a family of 4 children, of which she is the only girl. She attended nursery and primary school in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, before heading off to the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) for her university education. She graduate with a Bs.Tech in Animal Science & Technology.

Theresa is happily married and is a devout Christian. She enjoys reading (a lot), solving puzzles, watching films/TV series and spending time with her family.

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