The gorgeous actress Yvonne Nelson is the pride of Ghana. She has so many talents which she has proven over the years. Fans are still unable to get over her classic movies, so they watch them again and again. This lady is not just beautiful – she is intelligent, brave, and more. Read this Yvonne Nelson biography and learn new things about this classy actress!
What made Yvonne so famous? Maybe it is her endless charm, or her ability to stay professional in every situation, or her multi-faceted acting talents. The fact remains that she is a household name when it comes to Ghanaian movies, and so many admirers want to know more about her early life and the establishment of her career.
Read this biography of Yvonne Nelson and find out how it all started for this phenomenal woman.
- Date of birth: November 12, 1985
- Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
- Yvonne Nelson age: 35 years old (as of 2020)
- Birth sign: Scorpio
- Parents: O. Nelson and Margaret Gaddy
Yvonne Nelson's early years and family
She is the last sibling out of four. The first school she attended was St.Martin De Porres School, which is in Accra, and later, she proceeded to study at the Aggrey Memorial Senior High School. She then studied Human Resource Management at the Central University College. The actress recently graduated with a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.
Yvonne and her siblings were raised by a single mother. Their father abandoned the family when she was still a little girl, and since then, all the responsibility was on the shoulders of her mother. She even congratulates her mom on Father’s Day on social media, emphasizing on how she had to fulfill the role of both parents at once.
As Yvonne remembers, she was always into music, and at the beginning, she did not have any interest in acting. Unlike many other actors, she did not dream of starring in movies.
Back in her university days, she used to perform rap songs on stage, and overall, she was really into music and singing. However, she now says that she is not surprised at all that she chose the acting career, just because it is a huge part of show business, and it got her in the spotlight.
Before becoming a popular actress, Nelson used to be a beauty pageant queen. She started participating in beauty contests when she was in high school.
After a few long years of mastering her talents and getting ready, she got a chance to take part in the Aggrey Memorial High School beauty pageant, and she succeeded in winning the Miss Aggrey title.
Afterwards, she decided to aim for bigger chances and became a participant of Miss Ghana beauty pageant in 2005. She did not win, but she got a special recognition award- Best Talent - because she performed the best original rap song, which touched on the topic of HIV/AIDS. The actress also managed to win the Miss Photogenic title as well as a few other awards.
After she received the much-needed exposure from the Miss Ghana beauty pageant, she quickly started gaining popularity. She even won a two-year-contract with Maxim Cosmetics.
However, the most valuable prize she got for participating in the Ghanaian beauty pageant was a role in the TV series called Fortune Island. This was the TV production that brought Nelson to the limelight and earned her the initial fame she needed to kick off her acting career.
Even though Fortune Island did not last long, the series became the actress' stepping stone into mainstream acting and exposed her natural talent to big movie producers.
Her real fame began when she began her work with Venus Films. This production house is one of the best known in West Africa, and it has worked with many celebrities.
In order to pursue her career and follow her dreams, Yvonne even decided to drop out of the university.
The first major production that Yvonne took part in was called The Return of Beyonce, where she starred alongside such Ghanaian movie giants as Nadia Buari, Van Vicker, and Jackie Appiah.
According to Yvonne, she was not even going to audition for big movie productions. She got her first big role completely accidentally, without even planning it. As she remembered, she went to have lunch at her favourite place, and the audition for the movie was going on there at the same time.
The young beauty was spotted by the producer of the movie, who asked her if she was there to audition for the role. Yvonne said that she did not want to audition, but the producer asked her if she was certain.
Even though Yvonne rejected the proposition, the producer later got her number and gave her a call, asking her to come. The actress thought that it would not hurt if she went, and once she got the role, she never had any regrets about it.
Her first lead role was in Princess Tyra in 2007. This movie brought her to the public eye and made film producers realize that she is a talented actress. Her next great production was called Playboy, and it came out in 2008.
As she appeared in many new movies, she became a more recognizable name in Ghana. But she did not stop on Ghallywood – she thought that she had to expand her horizons to become a superstar.
She became the first actress from Ghana to act in Ivory Coast movies. This happened when the Ghanaian movie industry collaborated with Nigeria and Ivory Coast.
Later, she also moved to Nollywood, where she appeared in her first production with the famous actress Genevieve Nnaji.
Yvonne Nelson movies
The actress has been featured in many movie productions. Some of the most popular movies which include her appearance are:
- Deadly Passion
- Desperate to Live
- The Queen’s Pride
- Yvonne’s Tears
- Blood is Thick
- One Night in Vegas
- The Mistresses
- Deadly Plot, and many, many others.
For all of her movies, she has won plenty of Best Actress, Favourite Actress, and Hottest Actress awards, as well as Best Picture awards at various Nigerian and Ghanaian award ceremonies. Her outstanding talent has been recognized and acknowledged by the academy and the fans.
The actress usually plays the role of the bad girl in movies – she is really great at portraying negative characters. However, in real life, she is very far from this archetype.
The actress has admitted that she does not smoke or drink, and in general, she is nothing like her characters in movies. She has said that people have to understand that she is an actress, which means that she receives scripts and acts them on screen in a certain way.
The actress considers herself a professional and says that she does not turn down scripts just because in real life people put unrealistic expectations on her. She also enjoys doing all the romantic scenes that movies require but notes that she would not go any further than kissing.
Apart from being an actress, she is also a successful movie producer. She first decided to try her hand at producing films in 2011.
The first movie she produced was called The Price, and it was released in 2011. Afterwards, she produced such movies as Single and Married (2012) and House of Gold (2013).
Apart from acting and producing, the star is a well-known and hardworking businesswoman. She opened a fashion store named YN’s Closet, where all the most fashionable designer clothes are shipped from all over the world. She also has a production company, YN Productions.
Philanthropy and activism
The actress is very big on charity and fighting for human rights. In 2010, she launched a foundation called Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation, the purpose of which was educating people on the eye ailment and its harmful effects. The main inspiration for this was her family member’s death from glaucoma.
Nelson is very aware of how this disease can affect people and knows that it is hereditary, which means that everyone can inherit it from their family members. Unfortunately, Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation was quickly forced to shut down, because it met unexpected financial challenges.
Besides that, she was also one of the celebrities who protested against the energy crisis in Ghana. She took part in the peaceful protest, which took place on May 16th, 2015. The official hashtag of this protest was #DumsorMustStop, which was used to describe the concerns of Ghanaian people about the energy crisis in the country. Nelson and a few other celebrities decided to drive more attention to this problem and challenge the government for the quickest solution.
Nelson is one of the it-girls of the Ghanaian movie industry, being a popular actress and the idol of many people. Even though she has taken breaks from acting, she has never stopped being incredibly popular
Many people are not only watching her movies and admiring her on-screen but also discussing her private life. And there is really a lot to discuss. Now, that you have learned everything about her career, checkout what she's like off-screen.
Who is Yvonne Nelson husband?
This actress does not disclose a lot of information about herself. This only fuels all the gossips about her. Once, there were rumours about her dating the famous actor Chris Attoh because there were pictures leaked from their supposed wedding.
However, this Yvonne Nelson and Chris Attoh wedding was only for a movie that they both starred in, and it was confirmed that they have never been in a relationship, especially taking into account that fact that Chris had a wife.
In 2017, the Ghanaian movie industry was caught by surprise when the public found out that Yvonne was pregnant. The actress had always said that she wanted to have a child.
She also displayed an opinion that it was not necessary to be in a relationship to have a child, and that every woman is capable of raising her baby without help. There were different assumptions about her pregnancy because the actress never gave any hints about the identity of her baby daddy.
The media found out his name anyway – a British photographer who goes by the name Jamie Roberts was revealed to be the father of Yvonne's baby. Fans were happy that Yvonne had finally found someone special, and could not wait for their marriage.
However, not everything was so smooth. It turned out that Jamie was supposedly married to another woman! There was a lot of proof that he was in a relationship with a Nigerian lady named Keela Harrison, and that he even had children with her.
Still, Ghana’s favourite actress did not pay any attention to the rumours and was posting a lot of photos with Jamie, indicating that they were in love.
The union between the British photographer and Ghanaian actress did not last long, even with the arrival of their child, Ryn Roberts. Even though the start of their relationship was very promising, they could not work out the differences between each other.
Nelson deleted all the romantic photos of herself and Jamie from her Instagram, and they both unfollowed each other. The actress, however, said that she and her baby father were still on good terms, but it is clear that they are not a couple anymore.
Yvonne Nelson child
Yvonne Nelson baby is a little girl, Ryn Roberts, who was born on October 29th, 2017. The actress was on cloud nine when she first held her baby. She even revealed that she would never forget the experience.
For her baby's first birthday, the actress decided to throw her a huge party with all the most famous celebrities coming to visit, such as John Dumelo, Prince David Osei, Sammy Forson, and Yvonne Okoro.
Jamie Roberts, the father of Ryn, was also present, and Yvonne was friendly with him. Even the former president of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufour, had a chance to play with little Ryn and spend time with her.
The birth of her little daughter truly changed Nelson’s life. She always speaks very highly of her girl and promises that she would always protect her, no matter what. She also believes that she will be able to raise her even if she does not have a husband by her side.
Yvonne always encourages women to have children whenever they want, and not be afraid of public opinion. She faced a lot of criticism for having a baby out of wedlock since it goes against African traditions, but she says that she never lets negativity get too close to her heart, and all that matters to her is for her little daughter to be healthy and happy.
This was the fascinating biography of one of the most famous and acknowledged Ghanaian actresses, Yvonne Nelson. This actress is truly one of a kind. She is a bold woman who is confident about what she wants and is never afraid to speak up her opinions. We hope that her story was an inspiring one and that you enjoyed it.
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