|Type||Film, TV, Stage, Radio|
|Birth||Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2010||Me, My Wife And Her Guru||Angela||Nominated — Kalasha Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Film|
|2012||The Return of Lazarus||King’ora|
|2013||House of Lungula||Lola Taylor||Also executive producer and writer|
|2015||Fundi-Mentals||Also executive producer|
|TBA||Pearls of Africa||Tess||Post-Production|
|2007–present||Makutano Junction||Nancy||Main role|
|2011||Noose of Gold||Featured|
|2011||Saints||Dr. Salma Suleiman|
|2014-present||Jane & Abel||Jane||Main role|
|2014||Drift Beyond Conscious||Television film|
|Live or Die||Rose||Television film|
|2015-present||How to Find a Husband||Abigail||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|2013||London-Greek Festival Awards||Best Actress||Return of Lazarus||Won|