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Florence Kasumba
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Kasumba at The Lion King European premiere in 2019
Born (1976-10-26) 26 October 1976 (age 46)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Florence Kasumba (born 26 October 1976) is a Ugandan-German actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Ayo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), as well as the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021). She is also known for her acting in German and Dutch films. She also played Senator Acantha in Wonder Woman (2017), Shenzi in The Lion King (2019), and the Wicked Witch of the East in the NBC television series Emerald City (2017).

Early life

Florence Kasumba was born on 26 October 1976 in Kampala, Uganda. She spent her childhood in Essen, Germany, where she attended elementary school and high school. After watching the musical Starlight Express at the age of 12, she was inspired to become a performer. She earned her degree in acting, singing, and dancing from Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Kasumba is fluent in German, English, and Dutch. She resides in Berlin, Germany.

Acting career

While she was still studying in college, Kasumba landed her first professional film role, Silke, in the Dutch motion picture hit Ik ook van jou. After graduating from college, she performed in many musicals, such as Chicago, The Lion King, Cats, West Side Story, Evita, and Beauty and the Beast. Florence Kasumba traveled to New York City and was cast in the title role in Germany’s premiere production of Elton John’s international hit musical Aida. She also played Lisa in Germany’s premiere cast of Mamma Mia.

Kasumba has appeared in a variety of Dutch, German and English language films and television series.

Kasumba made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. Her role was credited as a security guard for Black Panther, and she received widespread praise for her brief scene in which she threatens Black Widow by ordering her to "Move or you will be moved." Kasumba reprised the character, Ayo, a member of the all-female Dora Milaje fighting squad, in the Black Panther solo film, Avengers: Infinity War, and the streaming series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

She played Senator Acantha in 2017's Wonder Woman and the Wicked Witch of the East in the NBC television series Emerald City. She splits her time between U.S. and German film and TV productions.

In 2019, Kasumba landed the character of Shenzi in the computer-animated remake, The Lion King (2019) directed by Jon Favreau, alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Eric André as Kamari and Azizi.

Awards and nominations

She was nominated for the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television & Arts Award for International Rising Star in 2016, against Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega and Lisa Awuku. Kasumba appeared alongside Nyong'o in Black Panther.



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2001 Ik ook van jou Silke Ruud van Hemert
2006 The Stoning Nilophé Harald Holzenleiter
2012 Transpapa Tessi Sarah-Judith Mettke
2014 Zeit der Kannibalen Florence Johannes Naber
2016 Offline: Are You Ready for the Next Level? Skuld Florian Schnell
Captain America: Civil War Ayo Anthony & Joe Russo Cameo; Credited "Security Chief"
Wie Männer über Frauen reden Sabine Henrik Regel
2017 Wonder Woman Senator Acantha Patty Jenkins
Arthur & Claire Maitre Miguel Alexandre
2018 Black Panther Ayo Ryan Coogler
Avengers: Infinity War Anthony & Joe Russo
Mute Tanya Duncan Jones
2019 The Lion King Shenzi (voice) Jon Favreau
2022 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Ayo Ryan Coogler


Year Title Role Notes
2006–2016 Tatort Various 7 episodes
2007 Die Familienanwältin Mboose Thallert
Four Women and a Funeral Freedom
2010 Vienna Crime Squad Mira Wiesinger
2012 Das Vermächtnis der Wanderhure Alika TV movies
2013 Großstadtrevier Sisi Ngoro
Der letzte Bulle Denise Mokaba
In aller Freundschaft Imani Kutesa
2014 The Quest Talmuh 10 episodes
2015 Es kommt noch besser Doctor TV movie
Letzte Spur Berlin Madame Manyong Episode: "Abseitsfalle"
Dominion Daria 3 episodes
2016–2017 Emerald City East 3 episodes
2017 Dr. Klein Grace Kahindi-Bäumer Episode: "Pläne"
2018 Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei FBI Agent Karen Morris Episode: "Most Wanted"
Deutschland 86 Rose Seithathi 10 episodes
2019– Tatort Anaïs Schmitz
2019 Criminal: Deutschland Antje Borchert 3 episodes
2020 Spides [de] Officer Nique Navar 8 episodes
Deutschland 89 Rose Seithathi
2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Ayo 3 episodes
Marvel Studios: Assembled Herself Documentary; Episode: "Assembled: The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"
2022 Story House Productions in association with ZDF, Arte and ZDF Enterprises: Cold Case Herself Documentary; 6 Episodes

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