Ramsey Nouah could very easily be described as one of the most familiar faces in the Nigerian movie industry, known more commonly as Nollywood. He has managed a feat that not many actors can boast of, which is maintaining a successful career in two distinct phases of Nollywood.
That is to say that Ramsey Nouah is as well-known now, in the era of making movies tailored for cinema and international film festivals, as he was when we relied on video cassettes and VCD or DVD copies of films to get our fill of Nollywood.
Ramsey Nouah Background
Ramsey Nouah was born on December 19, 1970 in Lagos, Nigeria. Although his father is Lebanon-Israeli and his mother is Nigerian, he was raised by his mother in Lagos, Nigeria.
He got a push to venture into acting from a friend, while initially considering a career in music when he was 20 years old. He began auditioning for TV shows and at first try won the role of Jeff in then hit TV show, Fortunes, which ran from 1993 to 1994.
Ramsey Nouah Career
Already established as an actor, 1996 saw Ramsey Nouah making his major feature film debut in the heartily embraced, “Silent Night”, but before then, he had worked in a few Nigerian home videos which never made it to the public view due to issues centering mostly around a lack of appropriate funds.
He then took on numerous roles in romantic movies and quickly got the persistent label of “Lover Boy” by which some fans still refer to him. 2004 saw him in the movie, “Dangerous Twins” a first of its kind movie in Nollywood, where one actor was able to embody two different characters. Ramsey Nouah took on the roles of both good and bad twin – Taiye and Kehinde, and he executed the roles capably.
The roles seemed to portray to the industry at large his ability to transcend beyond the box of the “Lover Boy” image that he had been comfortably assigned. Future projects saw him extending his acting chops to cover different genres and before long, his became a household name.
For more recent offerings of Ramsey Nouah to the world of film, one need not search farther than the record breaking Nigerian comedy, 30 days in Atlanta, where he in part embraced his lover boy side but in turn displayed a terrific bent for comedy. Some other recent films that he has featured in include; GbomoGbomo Express and Thy Will Be Done, both available on irokoTV.
Ramsey Nouah Awards and Achievements
Ramsey has won numerous awards for his acting and contributions to the Nollywood movie industry at large. A more recent one would be his best Actor win at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2010 for his role as a socially awkward fresh graduate in The Figurine, a Kunle Afolayan movie produced in 2009.
Ramsey Nouah Personal Life
Ramsey Nouah is married to Emelia Phillips-Nouah and together they have three children. The actor’s private life is pretty free from any scandals which are a common fare for some other industry stakeholders.
He is also the founder of movie production company, Ramseyfilms, and has spoken about getting behind the camera to direct sometime in the future.