Amma Asante MBE (born 13 September 1969) is a British filmmaker, screenwriter, and former actress. Her Ghanaian mother was an entrepreneur who owned her own African cosmetics and grocery store. Her father, also Ghanaian, was a trained accountant who later received qualifications to work in the United Kingdom. Her love for the film industry started when she received her first role in BBC’s Grange Hill. Later, she was given the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, for an anti-drugs campaign, where she met former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Before the early 2000’s, Asante wrote and produced the (BBC 2) series Brothers and Sisters, starring David Oyelowo. She was a childhood friend of model Naomi Campbell, whom she met when they were seven years old.