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YVONNE NELSON

Actress | Film Producer | Philanthropist


Yvonne Nelson is a Ghanaian actress, model, film producer and entrepreneur. Yvonne, a former Miss Ghana contestant, shot to fame after a big-screen role in Princess Tyra and Playboy. She quickly became a household name on the African continent. Yvonne is an award-winning actress and has proved her versatility as an actress by starring in a number of Ghanaian and Nigerian movies, including ‘Prince’s Bride’, ‘Girls Connection’, ‘Playboy’, and ‘Golden Adventure’.

8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »


Life, Works & Honors


[accordion] [item title="Early life and career"]Yvonne was born in Accra-Ghana, to Miss Margaret Gaddy and Mr. O. Nelson in Accra. She hails from Cape Coast in the Central Region but spent most of her early years in Accra. She had her basic and junior high education at St. Martin De Porres in Dansoman, Accra. She got so much into music and yearned to be a pop star in junior high. She went to Aggrey Memorial Senior High School. Driven by the passion to be in the lime light, she won her first beauty pageant, Miss Aggrey, in Aggrey Memorial Senior High School, performing a song by Lauryn Hill. She then went to the Central University College, where she did a degree course Human Resource Management.

In Miss Ghana 2005 Beauty Pageant, she won the Best Talent award by performing an original rap song and Miss Photogenic along with two other awards. With the exposure accrued from the beauty pageant, she won a two-year contract as face of Maxim Cosmetics after and landed a role in the TV series, Fortune Island, where her acting career began. Her first lead was princess tyra, she shot about five more movies and then went to Nigeria to shoot her first collaboration with Genevieve Nnaji in 2007 that launched her career in Nollywood. Since then, she has shot close to a hundred movies in Nigeria, Ghana,Ivory Coast etc. She founded the YVONNE NELSON GLAUCOMA FOUNDATION in 2010 to help create awareness about the disease, she recorded an all star charity single and shot a video to help educate people. She produced her first movie THE PRICE in 2011,followed by SINGLE AND MARRIED which has won two awards (best picture -GMA and best Ghanaian movie in Nigeria -city people awards 2013.) She followed up with another interesting production HOUSE OF GOLD.

On October 29, 2017, Yvonne Nelson and Jamie Roberts welcomed their first daughter, Ryn Roberts. [/item] [item title="Awards and nominations"]In 2009, she was named Joy Fm Nite with the Stars Best Actress. In 2010, she was adjudged Ghana’s Favourite Actress at the Ghana Movie Awards and the Face of Ghana’s Best Actress 2011/2012 in the United States of America. She was also nominated twice at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) and adjudged Africa’s Best Actress at the 2012 Africa entertainment Award in Malaysia. She picked Ghana’s Best Actress Award at the August 2011 City People Awards. Prior to that, her song about glaucoma picked up a prize at Ghana music Awards, GMA favourite actress award 2010, PAMSAA Best International Actress 2012,Hottest Ghanaian actress in nollywood (city people awards 2013),Best picture for Single and married (GMA 2012),Best Ghanaian movie for single and married(city people awards 2013). [/item] [item title="Filmography"]
  • PRINCESS TYRA
  • CRIME TO CHRIST
  • TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH
  • TEARS OF WOMANHOOD
  • PASSION OF THE SOUL
  • THE PLAYBOY
  • GIRLS CONNECTION
  • GOLDEN ADVENTURE
  • LOCAL SENSE
  • THE RETURN OF BEYONCE
  • FESTIVAL OF LOVE
  • KEEP MY LOVE
  • THE BLACK TALIBAN
  • FANTASIA
  • Strength of a Man
  • LOVE AND CRISES
  • MY LOVING HEART
  • LOVE WAR
  • The Prince's Bride
  • SAVE THE LAST KISS
  • THE GAME
  • MATERIAL GIRL
  • DEADLY PASSION
  • THE QUEEN’S PRIDE
  • DESPERATE TO LIVE
  • YVONNE'S TEARS
  • THE MISTRESSES
  • One Night In Vegas
  • DEADLY PLOT
  • THREESOME
  • LOSING YOU
  • POOL PARTY
  • TRAPPED IN THE GAME
  • CRIME SUSPECT
  • MY CASH ADVENTURE
  • SAVE MY LOVE
  • 4PLAY RELOADED
  • DOCTOR MAY
  • DAIRY OF A PLAYER
  • PLAN B
  • OBSESSION
  • Who Am I?
  • Gold Diggin
  • Single and Married
  • The Price
  • House of Gold
[/item] [item title="Philanthropy"]She founded the Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation in 2010 to help create awareness about the disease. With support from other Ghanaian celebrities, she recorded an all-star charity single, and shot a video to help educate people. She was supported by other Ghanaian celebrities which led to the actress recording an all-star charity single. She also shot a video to help educate people about glaucoma. As a result of her philanthropic activities particularly in glaucoma, in 2013 she was honoured by GoWoman Magazine and Printex for her foundation and film career. [/item] [/accordion]
Known For

House Of Gold

House Of Gold
YN Productions
2013
Heels And Sneakers

Heels And Sneakers
YN Productions
2016
If Tomorrow Never Comes

If Tomorrow Never Comes
YN Productions
2016