October 26, 1976
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Florence Kasumba was a Ugandan-born German actress who was known to American audiences for her stirring roles in various Hollywood superhero films, like "Captain America: Civil War" (2016) and "Wonder Woman" (2017). Despite being born in the African nation of Uganda, Kasumba spent the majority of her upbringing in Germany, and hence, claimed German citizenship. She was a relative latecomer to acting, nabbing her first role in the 2001 Dutch film "Ik ook van jou," when she was well into her 20s. Kasumba's early acting career consisted primarily of Dutch and German language films and television shows, including "The Stoning" (2006), "Kongo" (2010), and the German TV series "Kreutzer kommt" (2010). Kasumba continued appearing primarily in films and TV shows in her adopted homeland of Germany throughout the early 2010s, until she landed a role on the English-language TV show "The Quest" (ABC, 2014). Kasumba appeared on all 10 episodes of the fantasy series, which aired on ABC in the United States, thus quickly making a name for herself in America. She eventually came to the attention of Hollywood casting agents who were looking for the role of Security Chief in the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War." After nailing the audition, Kasumba was cast in the role, and despite appearing in only one scene in the film, her performance wowed both critics and audiences alike. After her successful appearance in "Captain America: Civil War," the offers started pouring in. In 2017 alone, Kasumba appeared as a castmember on the NBC fantasy series "The Emerald City," which was a reimagining of the iconic film "The Wizard of Oz," and also played Senator Acantha in the female-driven superhero film "Wonder Woman."