Is 2015 the Year Big Movie Stars Switch to the Small Screen?

In movie circles; film is where the prestige is, TV is perceived as an inferior form. Most people would have you believe that TV is only populated by actors who can’t get work in the movies aka the big screen. When we think about washed up acting careers, we think of movie stars who were once big names, but now struggle with getting a decent role in one. Thus the perception that TV is where you go when the film roles dry up. The big screen is where you try to go if you do well on TV.


But in Nigeria, Television is increasingly opening its doors to big Nollywood stars. Is this a case of declining movie careers? Or are the movie stars bored and looking for a new platform? Whatever the case, let’s take a look at five actors who have made the switch to television.


Jim Iyke who has been away from the movie scene for a while is back on the silver screen. He features in a new TV Series – “the Getaway” by Emem Isong, the upcoming series also stars Monalisa Chinda, Kunle Rhemmy, Mbong Amata and Mike Godson.


Liz Benson is back to Nollywood, but this time – on the small screen. She plays the queen in the new series – “The Palace” produced by Divine Touch Productions, which also features veteran actor Chiwetalu Agu.

Mercy Johnson is back on set for the first time since giving back to her second child, who was born last October. She featured in a new web series titled Bloodlines, which is being directed by Reginald Ebere. Also in the series are Bayray McNwizu, Kehinde Olorunyomi-Odukoya, and Bolanle Ninalowo.


Rita Dominic and Chris Attoh have landed roles in a new TV series titled Royal Castle. The new TV series is directed by Elvis Chuks, also stars Florence Onuma, Teni Aofiyebi, Cynthia Ihebie, Ifeanyi Kalu, and Ini Dima-Okojie.

Former TV girl – Kate Henshaw is joined by Basorge Tariah in the new sitcom – DoGood. The sitcom is a spin-off of a popular Nigerian drama series of the 1990s and it features the exploits of the titular character DoGood, played by Tariah, who returns from a sojourn abroad to woo his sweetheart Emem, played by Nollywood leading lady Kate Henshaw.

Are you excited to have these actors on TV?

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