Rakie Ayola

Last updated 27 July 2014

Rakie Ayola
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Rakie Ayola

Born: May 1968 (age: 56)


Rakie Ayola  is a Welsh actress, best known for her role as Kyla Tyson in theBBC medical drama Holby City

She appeared in the Doctor Who story Midnight.

She first rose to prominence in the lead role of the 1993 Jeanette Winterson screenplay Great Moments in Aviation. Ayola has worked in theatre, film and television, appearing in a number of Shakespearean theatrical performances, Hollywoodfilms The i Inside and Sahara, and British television shows including Soldier Soldier,EastEndersSea of Souls and Doctor Who. She appeared in Holby City from its eighth toeleventh series, from 2005 to 2008, and in 2009 starred in the CBBC musical comedy My Almost Famous Family.

Ayola is an advocate of increased ethnic representation in the entertainment industry, and in 2001 founded her own production company, producing the short film Persephone's Playgroundfor the Cannes film festival in order to further her campaign. In 2006, Ayola was shortlisted for the 'Female Performance in TV' award in the Screen Nation Awards, receiving Honourable Mention in the same category in 2007, and a further shortlisted nomination in 2008. She is married to fellow actor Adam Smethurst, with whom she has two daughters.

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