Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw turned 47 yesterday, and she celebrated her new age with a birthday party with some of her colleagues and friends.
Kate Henshaw was born on 19 July 1971 in Cross River State. She is the oldest of four children.
After completing her primary and secondary school in Lagos and Calabar, she spent one year at the University of Calabar reading remedial studies. She then majored in Medical Microbiology at the School of Medical Lab Science, LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital) in Lagos. Kate Henshaw worked at the Bauchi State General hospital.
In 1993 she auditioned for the lead role in the movie When the Sun Sets and was handed the role. This was her first appearance in a major Nollywood movie. Since then, she has starred in so many Nollywood movies.
On her first movie job, the actress said;
It’s just few years ago that I started doing it professionally; when I started it was just a case of trying to see what it will bring out for me. The late JT Tom West, I will always be grateful to him for taking me to my first audition. After my first movie, different people started coming with different jobs and I was like ‘Yeah, money is coming.’…
It was hard. I was scared. The script was as thick as a bible. I was with Franca Brown, Bob Manuel, the late Funmi Martins, and Sandra Achums. I didn’t think I could do it, but they were all so nice. That was when we really treasured doing movies properly, we paid attention to detail, countless rehearsals. I remember spending a lot of time with Bob Manuel, people thought we were going out….
In 2008 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film Stronger than Pain. As a result of her huge contribution in Nigerian Home Movie – Nollywood, she was appointed alongside Dan Foster and Yibo Koko as the judges in Nigeria Got Talent, a Nigerian
reality talent show which is part of the Got Talent franchise. It was launched in 2012 on television stations AIT and NTA.
In 2017, she was the subject of an Al Jazeera English documentary, focused on her run for candidacy for the People’s Democratic Party in the Calabar South Federal Constituency.