Genoveva Umeh: All you need to know about “Blood Sisters” Rising Star
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Genoveva Umeh: All you need to know about “Blood Sisters” Rising Star

Genoveva Umeh is the talk of the Movie Industry right now and the reason for that is not far-fetched. After displaying an outstanding performance in Netflix’s Blood Sister, viewers cannot get enough of Genoveva Umeh.

Genoveva Umeh is Timeyin in Blood Sisters, and this puts her as a sibling with the rest of the Ademola cast in Blood Sisters Netflix series.

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Genoveva Umeh/Blood Sisters

Genoveva Umeh played the role of Timeyin so well that viewers have applauded her for her spectacular performance.

Here is all you need to know about Genoveva Umeh- Timeyin from Blood Sisters.

How old is Genoveva Umeh?

Genoveva Umeh is 27 years old. She was born on May 10, 1995

Biography of Genoveva Umeh

Genoveva Umeh is a Nollywood Actress, model and producer who rose to fame after her outstanding performance and role delivery of “Timileyin” in Blood Sisters

Genoveva Umeh is Nigerian. She is from Anambra State.

She migrated to the United Kingdom with her family in 2006.

Genoveva Umeh’s father is a computer Engineer while her mum is a registered nurse. She has a 13 year old brother

Genoveva Umeh grew up in the United Kingdom and she has a British Accent. She embraces being African and being a Black British

Genoveva Umeh is an Actor and Model who went to St Mary’s C of E High School in London. Thereafter, she went to Identity school of Acting in 2012.

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This educational background means that Genoveva Umeh is a professional actor.

By 2014, Genoveva Umeh was already studying Law abroad. However, she had strong interests in pursuing an acting career but she didn’t want to leave in the midst of her studies.

She therefore waited until graduation before coming back to Lagos in 2018 and officially started acting in 2019.

She said to ThisDay Live in an interview:

The hardest decision was being away from my family and friends for long periods of time. I miss my little brother (sorry – teen brother), he better not catch me calling him little), as well as my two god-daughters. Thankfully, I am able to catch up with them via video calls. 

However, it is still a major adjustment, to be physically away from them. My family is proud of me and they understand my career.  I have also had the honor of developing some lasting friendships in Nigeria, so I never feel too alone. 

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Acting Career of Genoveva Umeh

Genoveva Umeh’s film credits put her acting debut to 2019. She has starred in a number of popular and blockbuster Nollywood movies but it appears she didn’t get the shot at stardom until after Blood Sisters.

In Blameless (2019), Genoveva Umeh plays the role of Ezinne. She starred as a young lady in Love is War (2019). She starred in another short film titled “Lizard” (2020) where she played the role of Kafilat.

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Genoveva Umeh/Blood Sisters

Genoveva Umeh also played the role of Anita in One Lagos Night (2021). In 2021, she starred in three more short films titled “Monitoring Spirits”, Reflections and Focus.

In Country Hard (2021) and All Good Things (2021), Genoveva Umeh plays the role of “Bunmi” and “Funmi”.

Thereafter, she starred in the popular Nollywood movie- Superstar (2021).

Now, in 2022, Genoveva Umeh made her TV Debut with Netflix’s Blood Sister, starring as Timeyin Ademola.

Speaking on her acting career, Genoveva Umeh said:

Drama was my favorite class in high school. At 17, I wanted to get more training and fortunately, I was accepted into Identity School of Acting, in the UK. I trained there for a term and was able to pay for my upkeep, as a retailer at Primark.

My parents are first generation immigrants, which means, formal education is a must, so I was skeptical about studying Drama as an undergrad.  Although I loved acting, I thought of it as a hobby, and studied Law instead. I performed on stage in a lot of theatre plays, watched a lot of films and read articles on filmmaking.

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Genoveva Umeh Movies

1) The Anomalous (TV Series) 2022

Young Oluchi

2) A Tune Away (completed) 2022

Anita

3) Blood Sisters (TV Mini Series) 2022

Timileyin Ademola

4) Superstar (2021)

Ore

5) All Good Things (2021)

Bunmi

6) Country Hard (2021)

Funmi

7) Focus (2021) Short film

Jess

8) Monitoring Spirits (Short Film) 2021

Sara

9) Reflections (Short film) 2021

Kenena

10) One Lagos Night (2021)

Anita

12) Lizard (Short Film) 2020

Kafilat

13) Love Is War (2019)

Young Lady

14) Blameless (2019)

Ezinne

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Speaking to ThisDay Live, Genoveva Umeh shared how she got the role of Timileyin in Blood Sisters

I was studying Law in 2014 and I became interested in Nollywood, because I started watching films shot by Nigerians in Nigeria. I had worked closely with the UK media consultant, DJ Abass as an usher for Nollywood London premieres. 

During Q/A sessions, I’d ask the filmmakers about working in Nigeria. I had connected with a few filmmakers who then gave me background acting opportunities. I sent audition tapes for casting calls to Nigerian producers. I was even invited to an audition for Ebonylife’s ‘On The Real’.

Unfortunately travelling to Nigeria for an audition in the middle of my studies wasn’t an option for me at the time. I got my first lead role in a series shot in Enugu.

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That was when I decided I wanted to tell authentic African stories.  I returned to Lagos, to pursue my acting career, right after my graduation in 2018. I didn’t have a family home in Lagos, so it was the most daring thing I’d ever done, but it was worth risk!

 

Genoveva Umeh further spoke on her experience with on the set of Blood Sisters with ThisDay, she said:

I had the time of my life working on the set of Blood Sisters. I remember sitting in our first table read and thinking how incredibly blessed I was to be working with acting legends and heavyweights that I’d either grown up watching and some that I had observed build their brand solely on the integrity of their craft.

My Directors, Mr. Biyi Bandele and Kenneth Gyang were open to my opinions before we shot each scene; I enjoyed the relationship of trust and flexibility that came with filming Blood Sisters.

I loved getting in makeup, SFX and costume to help embody my character’s aura and personality. I looked forward to each day. I didn’t want the shoot to end.

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Upcoming Movies

Genoveva Umeh starred in “A Tune Away” and her second film debut of 2022: “The Anomalous” which is currently in post-production

 

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Credits: ThisDay Live, IMDB

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