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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

Full Biography of Theresa Edem Isemin

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.
The Olive

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

‘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,[1] 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.[6][7] 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[9]         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 [14]     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[15]     Princess     a Darasen Richards Film. Released 2014.
2013     After The Proposal[16]     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[17]     Tolani     Produced by Black Studios Pictures
2017     Sandra's Cross[18]     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.

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