Celebrating Kenya’s top 5 Actresses – And Where To Find Them

They have captivated audiences on screen and won awards for their craft. They are household names and are considered Kenya’s biggest actresses. And you can find them all on Showmax.

Serah Ndanu Teshna – Igiza, Pieces of Us

Serah Ndanu has always been in a league of her own, from her Kalasha-winning role in Rugged Priest, to her femme fatale role in Dorothy Ghettuba’s Swahili soap opera Sumu la Penzi.

Ndanu’s range is most evident in her comeback role of warring twin sisters Linda and Nicole in the Kenyan Showmax Original thriller series Igiza.

Also catch Ndanu as the spoilt rich girl Joey, in the drama series Pieces of Us on Showmax.

Sarah Hassan – Crime and Justice, Famous

Sarah Hassan a New York Film Academy alumnus has starred in and co-produced Plan B, and Just In Time. Hassan stars in the first Kenyan Showmax Original Crime and Justice as the dedicated Detective Makena, fighting to make her mark in a male-dominated space.

For this role, Hassan won Best Actress at the 2021 Kalasha Awards.

You can also find Hassan in the Showmax music drama series, Famous.

Mumbi Maina – Salem, Crime and Justice

Winning a Kalasha Award with her debut role, Mumbi Maina’s works includes Mali, Jane and Abel, How To Find a Husband, La Femme Anjola, Nollywood’s psychological thriller and Nafsi.

Mumbi has also appeared in international Sense8 and The Matrix Resurrections in 2021.

In February 2022, she appeared in the first episode of Crime and Justice S2, and currently, plays Zahra in Maisha Magic Plus telenovela Salem, which is also available to stream on Showmax.

Catherine Kamau – Sue na Jonnie, Ma’Empress

Popularly known as Kate Actress, Catherine Kamau has appeared Plan B and Disconnect.

Kate Actress also starred in A Grand Little Lie, and Nafsi, her first-ever drama role.

One of her most popular roles has been in Ma’Empress and Sue na Jonnie, with all 13 seasons now residing on Showmax.

Brenda Wambui – Monica, Selina, Subira

Brenda Wairimu pivoted from her usual good girl roles to Monica, a young woman who lies and cons her way to the top in the Showmax drama series Monica.

Brenda also plays unhinged Rosette in the award-winning Swahili telenovela, Selina, which came to an end in April after a five-year run.

All six seasons of Selina are currently available to binge-watch on Showmax.

Brenda also stars in Kenya’s entry to the 2020 Oscars, Subira on the streaming platform.