Actor

Lizz Njagah

Quick Facts

Is Actor
From Kenya
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Genderfemale
BirthNairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Biography

Elizabeth Anne Achieng’ Njagah Konstantaras (born 26 December), or simply credited as Lizz Njagah, is a Kenyan actress, film director and producer. She has appeared in a number of television series and films. She is one of Kenya’s most celebrated actresses and quite notable for having leading roles in both television and film projects.

Early life

Born and raised in Nairobi, Lizz was the seventh born among 10 siblings. Her mother died years later and her aunt took over as their guardian.

Personal life

Lizz married filmmaker and director Alex Konstantaras on 10 June 2012 at St. Alexandros church in Greece. On 10 February 2016, the couple welcomed their first son, Georgios Apolo Konstantaras.

Career

1998-early and mid 2000s: Early showbiz career

Lizz’s career began in 1998 after she joined the Kenya National Theatre. She played various plays for one year, before she was awarded a two-year internship with Phoenix Players, where she had a number of roles.

2006-10: Makutano Junction and venture in film industry

In 2007, she was cast as lead actress in Kenyan educative soap opera Makutano Junction as Nancy. She played with the likes of Maqbul Mohammed, Peter King Nzioka and Naomi Kamau. In 2010, she produced and played in a movie, Me, My Wife and Her Guru.

2011-12: Saints, Return of Lazarus

In 2011, she played the protagonist in medical drama series Saints. She got a role as a series regular in M-Net’s Nigerian drama, Tinsel. She starred in the television series from its fourth season. In 2012, she was cast as the lead in Greek/Kenyan road film, Return of Lazarus, for which she won a Best Actress award at the London Greek Film Festival for her portrayal of a Kenyan immigrant.

2013-14: House of Lungula, Jane & Abel, Veve

In 2013, she and her husband Alex Konstantaras produced the award-winning movie House of Lungula. The movie received several awards and nominations and mainly got positive reviews from critics. She played Lola Taylor, wife of Ian Mbugua’s character. In 2014, she returned to television when she starred in Maisha Magic’s television series, Jane and Abel. She played Jane, a loving mother and the central character of the soap opera. She also played in film, Veve. In 2015, she played leading lady in the drama-comedy How to Find a Husband. She played alongside Sarah Hassan, Mumbi Maina, Nana Gichuru and Nice Githinji.

2015-present: Fundi-Mentals, Pearls of Africa

She also had the main role in the erotic comedy film Fundi-Mentals. She played with other notable actors like Gerald Langiri. She has also played in the film Pearls of Africa that is yet to be released.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Me, My Wife And Her GuruAngelaNominated — Kalasha Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Film
2012The Return of LazarusKing’ora
2013House of LungulaLola TaylorAlso executive producer and writer
2014DeceitSheila
2014VeveEsther
2015Fundi-MentalsAlso executive producer
TBAPearls of AfricaTessPost-Production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007–presentMakutano JunctionNancyMain role
2011Noose of GoldFeatured
2011SaintsDr. Salma Suleiman
2012–presentTinselTere Duke
2014-presentJane & AbelJaneMain role
2014Drift Beyond ConsciousTelevision film
Live or DieRoseTelevision film
2015-presentHow to Find a HusbandAbigailMain role

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationAwardProjectResultRef
2013London-Greek Festival AwardsBest ActressReturn of LazarusWon