Francis Duru is one of the veteran actors in Nollywood. He has been in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood for over two decades. He always feature in romantic and action thriller movies.
So in this article I will be sharing with you 10 real facts about Nollywood famous actor Francis Duru that you probably didn’t know.
1. Francis Duru is a famous Nollywood actor, model, master of ceremony, comedian, television personality, director, investor, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He always features in comedy movies, romantic movies and action thriller movies. He always plays the role of a husband, boyfriend and sometime playboy in several Nollywood movies. He has been regarded as one of the best performing actor in Nigeria and also one of the highest paid actor in Nigeria.
2. He was born on 27th April 1978 in Cameroon. He is currently 41 years old. Francis Duru is originally from Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria but grew up in Cameroon in the western part of Africa. He is very handsome, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He knows how to interpret his roles very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
3. Francis Duru completed both his primary and secondary school education in Cameroon and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. After completing his primary and secondary school education, Francis Duru proceeded to University of Port Harcourt in River State, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 1996. While still in school he was actively involved in school drama, theatre, stage play and performing art.
4. After completing his university education, Francis Duru joined the Nigeria movie industry popularly known as Nollywood in the year 1996 and started attending movie auditions and acting as a minor character in movies. In 1997, Francis Duru rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Rattle Snake” a movie which was produced by Amaka Igwe and rated as one of the best produced movie in Nigeria.
5. Francis Duru became a household name after featuring in the movie titled “Rattle Snake”. The movie “Rattle Snake” portrays the effects of an uncaring society on a growing child and focus on the effect of child abuse and negligent. The movie “Rattle Snake” won Francis Duru an award for Best New Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Francis Duru is currently one of the most gifted and most talented actors in Nigeria. He is very creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles.
6. Francis Duru is a versatile actor and can fit in any role given to him by a movie directors and producers in Nigeria. He can feature in any role most especially challenging roles. Francis Duru has acted in more than 250 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies he has acted include Rattle Snake, Mama Sunday, Rampage, Total War, Dust to Dust, Odum Na Akwaeke, and many more. He is popularly known for his romantic and comic role in movies.
7. Francis Duru is currently married with beautiful kids. He is currently based in Lagos State, Nigeria with his Family. Francis Duru in the cause of his acting career has won several awards in Nigeria and abroad. Some of the awards he has won include Best New Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actor of the Year at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Best of Nollywood Awards and Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
8. Francis Duru is currently a GLO ambassador. In 2007, he won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Best of Nollywood Awards. In 2008, he won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, In 2009, he won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. In 2010, he won the Best Actor in Comedy and Best Actor in a Supporting Role both at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards respectively.
9. Francis Duru has been in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood for over two decades. His role as Ogbuagu in the Nollywood blockbuster epic movie Odum Na Akwaeke earned him a nomination for Best Actor in an Indigenous Movie (Non English Speaking) at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award. Francis Duru has be described as one of the best outspoken actor and also one of the best performing actor in Nigeria. Aside from acting, Francis Duru is also a movie producer, movie director and a real estate investor.
10. Francis Duru currently has an estimated net worth of over $1 million, making him one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria. He is also very popular on social media with more than a million followers on his official Instagram account and Facebook page. In 2011, he was honored by the Nigerian government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) being the highest honor and award given to a celebrity in Nigeria who has contributed immensely to the economic growth and development of the country through entertainment. Desmond Elliot is considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria and also one of the most richest actors in Nigeria.