Moyo Akandé is a Scottish actress and producer based in the UK.
Moyo began her professional training at the Dance School of Scotland | Musical Theatre Course in Glasgow, Scotland.
Aged 15, she was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship Award for Musical Theatre. The highly sought after award consisted of an all expenses paid trip to Sydney, Australia to study for 1 month at The MacDonald College of Performing Arts.
Aged 17, she decided to further her training in London at the prestigious Arts Educational. Thousands of applicants apply every year but she was one of the lucky individuals who was accepted onto the Musical Theatre course with a full DADA scholarship (Dance and Drama Award) graduating with a BA Honors degree in 2008.
Since graduating Moyo has been fortunate to work consistently in film, television and in theatre's across Britain with Olivier and Tony award winning directors and with companies including The Shakespeare's Globe, The Sheffield Crucible, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Birmingham Rep, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre of Scotland and The Dundee Rep.
She has an extensive list of television credits in particular for the BBC including, The Cry, Vera, Porridge, Taggart and Lip Service.
Moyo's film career has only begun to take off. Her BAFTA Scotland nominated short film, 1745, in which stars in the leading role and script developed alongside her sister, Morayo Akande - the writer, was nominated for the Best British Short Film award at The British Independent Film Awards 2017.
Moyo made her feature film debut in The Hurricane Heist (2018). The Fast & the Furious director Rob Cohen was behind the camera for this action thriller. She will appear in Stephanie Zari’s British debut feature film, Zebra Girl (2019).
Moyo is also a film producer. Rock Paper Scissors (2019) is a short film that was pre-produced last summer 2018 by The Akandé Sisters, a producing team of two sister’s Moyo and Morayo Akandé. The film was funded by their production company, Lucid Dreamers Productions, and shot during a blistering hot summer day in the Ginza District of Tokyo, Japan.
Rock, Paper, Scissors will have its UK Premiere at The Underwire Film Festival 2019 and received its World Premiere at The Tabor Film Festival 2019 in Croatia.