Angela Bassett and 10 other celebs that made it big after 30

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Angela Bassett attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Angela Bassett attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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A number of incredibly successful people got their big break after 30. One such example is the trailblazing Angela Bassett. 

The 1993 What's Love Got to Do with It biographical film is seen as Angela Bassett's break out role where she played Tina Turner. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe award in the Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category.

In the first month of 2023, Angela Bassett has already won a Golden Globe, a Critic's Choice award and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Angela Bassett at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awa
Angela Bassett at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

There is a lot of pressure to reach a number of milestones by the time you reach 30. But, life has it’s own plans and success takes time.

Here are other successful people who actually achieved great things after the age of 30.  

Dawn Thandeka King

The acclaimed actress was well into her 30s when she graced our screens by starring in shows like iNkaba, Uzalo and Lockdown.

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Photo: @dawnthandeka_king/Instagram

Oprah Winfrey

The queen of talk only had her breakthrough talk show at 32.

Oprah Winfrey arrives for the premiere of “Sidney”
Oprah Winfrey arrives for the premiere of "Sidney" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.

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Nene Leakes

The reality star turned media personality first starred in Real Housewives of Atlanta at the age of 41.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30: NeNe Leakes attends Shaqui
NeNe Leakes attends Shaquille ONeals Surprise Birthday Party at the Steak Market on 30 March 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Vera Wang

The renowned designer decided to venture into fashion design at the age of 40.

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Patrice Motsepe 

He joined the mining industry in 1997 by forming his company African Rainbow Minerals. He was 35 years old.

Dr Patrice Motsepe
Dr Patrice Motsepe

Samuel L. Jackson

He got his big break and real recognition when he featured in Spike Lee’s movie Do the right thing at the age of 41.

Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson

J.K Rowling

Before she wrote the famous Harry Potter series, she was a receptionist and researcher. The first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published when she was 32. 

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman only had his mainstream nod at 52 when he appeared in movies like Glory and Driving Miss Daisy.

Morgan Freeman Foto: AP

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