Of Ghanaian heritage, Yonah Odoom was born and brought up in North London where she still resides, yet also calls Manchester home when the opportunity for work in the North of England beckons. A versatile actress, with a penchant for challenging and thought provoking roles, Yonah is equally comfortable on screen and stage.
Yonah graduated from the University of Luton in 2004 with a BA Hons’ Degree in Media Performance, she began to pursue a career in marketing, (as her heritage dictated that “acting is not a proper job”), however, after seeing an ad in a local paper for the play “Blood Wedding” she decided to audition, and landed the part of Moon. Once she was in the rehearsal room she began to realise that the desire to act was never going to go away decided she would do everything she could to make her childhood dream of acting full time a reality.
The renewed journey began with the realisation that she needed to perfect her craft. With that in mind Yonah attended regular classes with Identity Drama School and studied with the likes of Che Walker, which led to her taking regular classes at the Central School of Speech and Drama before joining the Actors Centre London. Whilst at the Actors Centre she developed an interest for the Meisner technique and went on to complete a 12 month training course in Meisner with The Impulse Company, where she regularly attends drop ins sessions as part of the ongoing learning. She is also an avid fan of the Chubbuck technique, which she currently practices, and has recently been studying at the prestigious Ivana Chubbuck Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
In 2012, Yonah played the role of Nana in the award winning indie short film "Faux Depart", was one of the four lead characters in the BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award nominated TV drama "Breach", where she played the role of 'Bijou', before landing the role of the feisty Mrs Piper in Coronation Street (ITV 2013).
Yonah has played a number of challenging roles in both theatre and television from an abused wife in "Breach" to a Nigerian Trafficking victim in "It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First..." (The Cockpit Theatre, 2011), and the role she felt most rewarding - Rosa Parks in "We Stand on Giants Shoulders" (New Bold Theatre, 2010). "Playing the role of Rosa Parks was such a humbling experience, I felt so honored to play such an inspiring, strong and motivational woman. That role has had a profound & positive impact on my outlook on life".
Although, with an undying passion for portraying the great cultural diversity within the UK, Yonah decided to create/co-write, alongside Moshana Khan, a comedy series YOMO: You Only Marry, Once, produced by Ment2Excel & executive produced by Melvin Odoom, The comedy centers around two young women living and loving in London - trying to find a husband.
Yonah is hardworking, dedicated, keen for challenges and incredibly passionate about her craft. With a variety of colourful roles already under her belt, she is certainly destined to leave her mark on the acting industry, watch this space!
Some of her recent credits include:
Coronation Street (ITV), BAFTA Award Winning Show The Slammer (BBC), Being Othello (Film Lab), The Insiders (Tranzition, Short Film - screened at the BAFTA’s in December 2011), Echoes (BEN - Channel 184, SKY TV), Alien Heart (RSA) Street Voices (The Bush Theatre), Nobody Knows (The Shaw Theatre, Euston/The Drum Theatre, Birmingham).