Award-winning Chizzy Akudolu is a popular British actress, comedienne and TV personality who has been delighting us for over 20 years. A comedy actress, she is best known for playing series regular Mo Effanga in Holby City (1999-2022), but has branched out to cover a wide range of genres, owing to her versatility.
At live or virtual events, Chizzy combines her engaging stage presence, on-screen confidence and signature humour for a memorable event, sharing anecdotes about her personal life and life in the public eye.
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Chizzy Akudolu began her TV career in 2002 when she won the BBC Talent Initiative, the Urban Sketch Showcase. This led her to work on 15 Storeys High (2002), EastEnders (1985-), Green Wing (2004-2007), Gogglebox (2013-), Hollyoaks Later (2008-2020) and The Inbetweeners (2008-2010).
She is now a familiar face on our TV screens, appearing in shows including The Jewish Enquirer (2020), Hetty Feather (2015-2020), Death in Paradise (2011-) and Shakespeare & Hathaway (2018-). She has also hosted the TV show Chef vs. Cornershop (2020). She has worked alongside stars such as Rowan Atkinson in Man vs. Bee (2022-) and Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in Hitmen (2020-2021).
She has been a guest star on a number of popular panel and reality shows including Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (2009-2017), Weakest Link (2000-), Richard Osman’s House of Games (2017-), Celebrity Hunted (2017-), the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing (2004), 2018’s Celebrity Masterchef (2016-) and has been a regular panellist on Loose Women (1999-).
Her success on the screen has extended to the stage where she has performed in the critically acclaimed shows I Think We Are Alone in the Frantic Assembly UK Tour, The Vagina Monologues in 2007 and in the UK tour of Edmond De Bergerac for the Birmingham Rep.
She was nominated and won the award for Best Newcomer at the Black International Film Festival and Music Video & Screen Awards won Best Actress at the BEFFTA Awards and was nominated for the Emerging Talent Award at the 8th Annual Screen Nation Awards.
Chizzy is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, having suffered from depression herself, and is a huge supporter of mental health charities. In 2022, she was a guest speaker at the Volunteer Expo at the NEC, Birmingham; the expo aims to connect volunteers, organisations and the charity sector together under one roof to increase the number of people signing up to be a volunteer.
– Mental Health and Wellbeing
– Achieving Goals
– Overcoming Adversity
Thanks to her high profile, star quality and fun persona, Chizzy is a popular host and motivational speaker. She can offer hosting for in-person or virtual events, as well as after-dinner speaking, Q&As and award presenting.
Thank you Chizzy for presenting at our staff awards last week, we had tremendous feedback and couldn’t have hoped for a better speaker and compere. Your openness, warmth and bubbly personality fitted perfectly into the style of our event and everyone was so delighted to have you there. Speaking publicly about your struggle with depression is helping to break stigma and raise awareness about mental health issues, which helps so many people and communities. It’s the openness and bravery of people in the public eye, such as you, that is helping to break down barriers around mental health. We wish you the very best for the future and will be cheering you on along the way.
NHS Pennine Care