Annie Ilonzeh – Biography, Career, Net Worth

Annie Ilonzeh

Annette Ngozi Ilonzeh is an actress who was born in Nigeria but raised in America, best known for her role as Emily Foster on NBC’s Chicago Fire. Between 2010 and 2011, she played Maya Ward on General Hospital on ABC, and played Kate Prince in the ABC reboot of Charlie’s Angels. She had recurring roles on shows like Arrow, Drop Dead Diva, and Empire in the future.

Real Name/Full NameAnnette Ngozi Ilonzeh
Date Of BirthAugust 23, 1983
Age40 years old
BirthplaceGrapevine, Texas
Zodiac signVirgo
Height5 feet 7 inch
Weight55 kg
ChildrenShareef O’Neal, Shaqir O’Neal, Me’arah O’Neal, and Amirah O’Neal.
SiblingsChristina, Emily, Jenifer, and Laura.
Net worth$5 million


Grapevine City, Texas, United States is the place of birth for Annie Ilonzeh on August 23rd, 1983. As of now, Annie is 40 years old. Annette Louise and Christian Ostita Ilonzeh are the parents of her and she was born.

Her father is of Nigerian descent, while her mother is a blend of Polish, English, and American ancestry. Annie is the parent of four siblings: Christina, Emily, Jenifer, and Laura.

When discussing Annie’s formal education status, she mentioned that she graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School. Afterwards, she relocated to study Finance at college. Annie’s basketball scholarship allowed her to attend the University of Texas at Arlington.

Personal Life

Annie Ilonzeh has been romantically involved with Shaquille O’Neal since 2019. Shaquille O’Neal was a professional basketball player in the past. Annie is less than ten years older than Shaquille. In 2002, Shaquille was married to Shaunie Nelson for the first time. Shaunie divorced in 2010 because Annie is ten years younger than Shaquille. Their blessings came in the form of five children: Shareef O’Neal, Shaqir O’Neal, Me’arah O’Neal, and Amirah O’Neal.


Annie’s career began in 2007 with her portrayal of Becky on the TV series ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Annie played the role of Do Not Disturb in the TV series in 2008. Natasha in the Melrose Place TV series was portrayed by her in a similar way. Similarly, an actress from the United States made her film debut in ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’.

From 2009 to 2010, Ilonzeh had an on-going role in the CW prime time soap opera Melrose Place, and also appeared in three episodes of Entourage in 2010. The role of Maya Ward on General Hospital, an ABC daytime soap opera, was played by her from 2010 to 2011.

In January 2011, Ilonzeh was made a member of the ‘Angels’ team for the reboot of Charlie’s Angels’ 1970s television series. The series that debuted in September 2011 received mostly negative reviews and was canceled the day after its fourth episode. The CW series Arrow announced in March 2012 that Ilonzeh would be back as a character. In the following year, she began to play a regular part in the ABC Family drama series Switched at Birth.

Ilonzeh’s first major film role was in 2017, where she played Kidada Jones in the biographical drama All Eyez on Me, which tells the story of rapper Tupac Shakur’s life. He made a cameo in the psychological thriller ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ later that year. Ilonzeh appeared in the action thriller Peppermint in 2018 and was cast as the lead character in the ABC drama pilot Staties.

On April 16, 2020, it was reported that NBC/Wolf Entertainment officials informed Ilonzeh that she would not be renewing her contract which led to her leaving the series shortly after two seasons.

Net Worth

According to estimates, Annie Ilonzeh’s net worth is $5 million. Her prosperous acting career is what has contributed to her wealth.


April 8, 2022 was the date when Saban Films released the film in the United States. It was panned by critics. Ilonzeh acted in four films in 2023, all of which featured him as leading actors, with Fear being the horror thriller, Ruined being the psychological thriller, Vicious Affair being the horror-thriller, and Soul Mates being the horror-thriller. In 2024, she was cast in Tubi’s thriller film ‘The Stepmother’.

Ilonzeh devotes most of her free time to the gym and believes it is her ‘happy spot’. Her own routines are created by her and incorporate moves from her favorite sports, such as boxing and mixed martial arts. Her life revolves around fitness, and she also spends time with her Chihuahua, Pacino.

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