Winston Duke made his feature film debut in Black Panther
, the highest-grossing film of 2018, as well as the third-highest-grossing film ever in the United States. Duke played the fan-favorite character M’Baku. The role earned him his first NAACP nomination for Breakout of the Year. Duke reprised his role as M’Baku in Avengers: Infinity War
and Avengers: End Game
Duke most recently starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s Netflix crime drama Spencer Confidential.
His other film credits include Jordan Peele’s US for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture.
Duke’s upcoming projects include Sony Picture Classics’ Nine Days, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Duke not only plays the lead role but also serves as an Executive Producer.
He has received numerous accolades including the Breakout Award at the 2018 Savannah Film Festival and was highlighted as one of the top ten actors in Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation issue.
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Duke was also awarded with the Advanced Imaging Society’s Social Justice Lumiere Award for his work as the star and executive producer of “The Messy Truth VR Experience,” a virtual reality (VR) short-doc which provides viewers with a look at the timely themes of race, mercy, and redemption through someone else’s eyes.
Outside of acting, Duke is an advocate for the HeForShe movement and most recently issued a global call to action for gender equality during the United Nations HeForShe Impact Summit.
He also has joined the American Diabetes Association® to spark a national conversation about diabetes—a disease that impacts nearly half of the U.S. adult population.
Duke was most recently named the first celebrity ambassador for Partners in Health, a nonprofit global health and social justice organization fighting injustice by bringing the benefits of modern medical science to impoverished communities around the world.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Duke received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University at Buffalo and Master of Fine Arts at Yale School of Drama.
In addition to public presentations, every artist in the UCLS series does important work with UNCG students, such as holding masterclasses and seminars, often just hours before performing on stage. Thanks to The Cemala Foundation, some of these artists also work with K-12 students in the Guilford County Schools.