Biography of Theresa Edem Isemin
Theresa Edem Isemin was born on January 6th, 1986 into a family of Ibibio tribe in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria. She is an actress, voice-over artist
Nollywood Sweetheart, Theresa Edem-Isemin (popularly known as Theresa Edem) is one of the rising stars of the Nigerian Entertainment industry. She currently stars in Africa Magic’s prime time telenovela, Forbidden, which airs in 43 countries across Africa. She has also starred in M-Net’s Tinsel, Africa Magic’s Hotel Majestic, the Royal Arts Academy film, Ayamma and a host of other productions.
y Village People
Prince, a young man whose weaknesses for women eventually lands him in trouble as he is caught in a bizarre love triangle with witches.
Left to cater for their three children, Anayo begins to find out secrets about his late wife which makes him wonder if he ever knew the woman he loved.
‘Country Hard’ is based on four stories that reflect on the hardship experienced by seven individuals in a small part of Lagos on an ordinary day that ends with life-altering consequences for all.
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 the church drama department. 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, where she studied 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 Shuga Radio. 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 and Bakers Daughter. She currently plays Enitan on Africa Magic’s prime time telenovela, Forbidden.
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, ENO and is working on a number of feature films to be released in the near future.
Theresa has also modelled for big brands. She starred in one of Jumia’s first TV adverts and was brand ambassador for Miss Fashion Week Africa. As brand ambassador for Miss Fashion Week Africa, she is able to pursue her passion for fashion, amongst other things, and help develop aspiring models in Africa.
Theresa attended nursery, primary and secondary school in Akwa Ibom, before heading off to the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) for her university education. She is happily married and is a devout Christian. She enjoys reading (a lot) and spending time with her family.
Theresa Edem Isemin (born Theresa Edem) is a Nigerian actress and filmmaker. She won the ‘Best Actress in a Feature Film’ award at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival and has been nominated for several awards including the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards.
Greater success came to her career after the performance on Tinsel, and has since gone on to star in several films and TV series, including Ayamma: Music in the Forest, My Village People, Forbidden and The Olive.
Theresa was born in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State into a family of four children, of which she is the fourth and only girl. She attended primary school and secondary school in Akwa Ibom before heading off to university at The Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). She graduated Bs. Tech. in Animal Science and Technology.
In December 2015, Theresa married her friend of many years, Ubong Isemin. The ceremony was held in Uyo.
Theresa started acting professionally in 2012, after completing the 'Acting Course’ at The Royal Arts Academy. Her first major role was in After The Proposal, starring alongside Uche Jombo, Anthony Monjaro, Patience Ozokwor, Desmond Elliot and Belinda Effah. Following that, she has starred in several films, TV series and stage plays, including The Antique, Tinsel and Twenty-Five. She has also featured in number of Africa Magic Original Films.
Her cinema debut was in the 2016 epic, Ayamma. she was also in the movie my village people along side Bovi and Nkem Owoh.
Year Title Role Notes
2021 My Village People Alongside Bovi and Nkem Owoh
2017 Loving Daniella Daniella Feature Film, still in production.
2017 Stormy Hearts Kachi Feature Film produced by Judith Audu. Released June, 2017.
2016 Ayamma: Music in the Forest Princess Ama Feature Film - produced by Emem Isong and The Royal Arts Academy. Released December, 2016
2016 Betrayal Nneka Feature Film produced by Darasen Richards Released on Ibakatv, December 2016.
2016 A Girl's Note Muna Feature Film produced by Chidinma Uzodike. Released on Ibakatv, September 2016
2015 Trapped  Furo Feature Film. Released on IrokoTV, 2015
2015 Baker's Daughter Motunde Africa Magic Original Film. Released 2015.
2015 While We Worked Things Out Kemi Africa Magic Original Film. Released 2015.
2015 Behind The Scenes Ekaette Africa Magic Original Film. Released 2015.
2014 The Antique Princess a Darasen Richards Film. Released 2014.
2013 After The Proposal Betty Feature Film - produced by Emem Isong and The Royal Arts Academy. Released 2013.
Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Heiress Uyai TV Series, aired on Iroko TV.
2018 Forbidden Enitan TV Series, aired on Africa Magic.
2015 Hotel Majestic Isioma TV Series, aired on Africa Magic.
2014 Tinsel Angela TV Series, aired on Africa Magic.
Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Olive Ehi Web Series, aired on Accelerate TV.
2018 Room 420 Tolani Produced by Black Studios Pictures
2017 Sandra's Cross Sandra Produced by YouthHub Africa, UNFPA Nigeria, Young Men Network Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Year Title Role Company
2013 Twenty-five - Royal Arts Academy
Year Title Role Notes
2013 MTV Shuga Radio Patricia Produced by Shuga
Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Film Result
2018 Las Vegas Black Film Festival Best Actress in a Feature Film "Loving Daniella" Won
2017 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAA) Best Supporting Actress Ayamma: Music in the Forest Nominated
2017 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Best Supporting Actress Ayamma: Music in the Forest Nominated
2016 African Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress "Betrayal" Nominated
Theresa Edem Isemin is active on social media. You can connect with her via her official handles on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.