Actor, Producer, Writer, Photographer and all around talent.
Ebbe Bassey was born in the Bronx but raised cross the Atlantic in the city of Calabar, Nigeria, West Africa. She attended the William Esper Studio and under the tutelage of the estimable Maggie Flanigan honed her craft as a method actor. Ms. Bassey went on to be a co-founding member of the Tupu Kweli Theatre Company through which she explored socially conscious work such as the award nominated Reality, TRAPPED, Guilty But Mentally Ill, One Wish etc. She has worked with estimable companies such as the Classical Theatre of Harlem (Medea), Manhattan Theatre Source (Swift Encounter), 29th Street Rep/PACT (Issues), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (Behind Mountains are mountains).
After working on a Virgin Mobile commercial with R&B singing sensation, Kelis, Ebbe was chosen from amongst a hundred actors to be part of the first New York ABC’s Diversity Talent Showcase in 2003 at the Acorn Theater. This venture led to a part on NYPD Blue and several appearances on Law & Order: SVU. Her first film role was in “A Spoonful of Sugar” that first aired on World AIDS Day on Showtime Network on December 1st, 2003. This inspiring film introduced by Alec Baldwin has gone to touch hearts at film festivals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa.
Ebbe has appeared in Nikyatu Jusu’s “African Booty Scratcher”. The film had its premiere at the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles, California and subsequently shown on HBO. She is the writer, executive producer and lead actress in the short film “Siri Oko Fo (Mending Fences),” which explores the themes of love, family bonds, same sex parenting, female gender mutilation in Nigeria. The film made its debut at the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival in Nice, France and has gone on to screen at other festivals such as the Hollywood Black Film Festival (Los Angeles), Urban World Film Festival (New York) etc.
She has completed work on the short films “Drawn”, “The End of Winter”, “Say Grace before Drowning”, “Brooklyn Shakara”, “Harlem 125”, “Three Prayer for June”,“Barbasol” and the feature films “Ties that Bind” with Kimberly Elise, Omotola J. Ekeinde, Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George”, “Doctor Bello” with Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, “And Then There was You” with Garcelle Beauvais, Lynn Whitfield.
Ms. Bassey has been profiled in several magazines and newspapers such as the Nigerian Sunday Guardian, Daily Independence’s Positive People, Afrimpact, Tropics, online magazines LadyBrille, Obaasema magazines as well as the Nigerian television program “100% Nigerian” on MNET South Africa. She was voted one of thirty Most Intriguing Africans in New York City 2011 by Applause Africa.
Ebbe has been nominated for best supporting actress at the AMAA awards, Ghana Movie awards and Nigerian Entertainment awards. Presently, she is putting pre-production plans in place for her second short film, “Saving Father”