Born in Accra, Ghana, Naana moved to the UK at the age of 5 with her family.
After graduating with an LLB Law degree from the University of Sussex, Naana decided to pursue her long-held ambition of acting. Obtaining a place at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Naana gained a Masters’ degree in Acting with Musical Theatre and upon graduating was cast in 'Caroline, Or Change' at the National Theatre, directed by George C Wolfe.
Naana has returned to the National Theatre to play the role of Ida Jackson in James Baldwin’s ‘The Amen Corner’, The Thing in Joel Horwood’s adaptation of Jon Klassen’s best-selling children’s book ‘I Want My Hat Back’ and Gia in 'A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer'.
Naana won critical acclaim for her role as Yvonne in Ché Walker’s 'Been So Long' at the Young Vic and was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award for her performance. She has appeared in 'Avenue Q' and ‘Made in Dagenham’ in the West End; for the latter she originated the role of Cass.
Naana has been a regular on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe, performing in modern pieces such as ‘The Frontline’, the classic ‘Measure for Measure’ and as the cursed prophetess Cassandra in Greek tragedy ‘The Oresteia’.
"Naana Agyei-Ampadu’s Cassandra emotes spectacularly"
- Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
THE ORESTEIA, Shakespeare's Globe
"Naana Agyei-Ampadu's Yvonne has an endearing earthiness that makes a line like "I'll slap you in the mouth with one of my tits" sound like a heartfelt compliment"
- Michael Billington, The Guardian
BEEN SO LONG, Young Vic