Ireti Doyle Biography: Early life, education, film career and personal life

Iretiola Doyle is a Nigerian actress who is popular for her talent, long career in the film industry and ageless beauty. The biography about the actress known as Ireti Doyle will reveal many previously unknown facts about her.

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You may have many questions about Ireti Doyle, which we hope will be answered in this article. Below, we provide a concise summary of all the important facts about Ireti Doyle, see them here.

10 important facts about Ireti Doyle

  1. Ireti Doyle was born as Iretiola Olusola Ayinke into a Yoruba family from Ondo State on 3rd May 1967. She is currently 53 years old.
  2. She attended the prestigious Christ’s School in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State and went on to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from the University of Jos.
  3. The actress made her film debut in 1998 in the film, All About Ere. This first major role earned her a nomination in the Best Actress category at the Reel Awards in 1998.
  4. Ireti Doyle made her TV series debut in 2001 in Fuji House of Commotion, where she played the character of Caro, the fourth wife of Chief Fuji.
  5. She pulled off a memorable performance in the 2004 historical drama Across the Niger, and also did amazingly well in the 2006 film Sitanda.
  6. Doyle has acted in Tinsel and Gidi Up as well.
  7. In 2014, she won the award for Best Actress in a lead role at the 2014 Nollywood Movie Awards for her role in the film Torn.
  8. Ireti Doyle is also a TV presenter and has presented shows like; Morning Ride, Today On STV, NIMASA This Week on Channels TV, and Oge with Iretiola.
  9. As a writer, she is credited as one of the screenplay writers of the legendary Amaka Igwe’s, Tempest. She also writes columns for publishing houses like City People Magazine, This Day Newspaper and The Vanguard.
  10. Ireti Doyle married Patrick Doyle in December 2004. They have six children together.

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Ireti Doyle Biography: Early life

While many know the actress as Ireti Doyle, she was born as Iretiola Olusola Ayinke into a Yoruba family in Ondo State. She was born on 3rd May 1967. During her early years, her family moved to the United States where she partly grew up. Thus, Ireti Doyle spent her early days with her family in Boston, United States. However, they relocated to Nigeria just in time for her to start her secondary school education.

Doyle started school at the prestigious Christ’s School in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. She went on to acquire her Senior School Certificate from the institution. Then she applied for admission at the University of Jos (UNIJOS). She got admitted to study Theatre Arts and obtained a bachelor’s degree in the course.

Thereafter, she launched her career in the film and TV industry. Ireti Doyle has a long career in the industry that spans presenting, acting, writing, and producing. In the next section, we provide details about her career in all these fields.

Ireti Doyle Biography

Acting career (film)

Since Ireti Doyle is well-known for acting, we would first chronicle her acting career and contributions to the Nigerian film industry. She made her film debut in 1998 in the film All About Ere. This first major role earned her a nomination in the Best Actress category at the Reel Awards in 1998.

The actress gained prominence after her role in the 2004 Nollywood drama titled Across the Niger. The film was praised for its storytelling and bold theme as well as the performance of the actors that featured in it. She was nominated in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category at the AMAA in 2008 for her role in the film.

After this early success, Doyle returned in 2006 with another stellar display in the 2006 film Sitanda.

The film won five awards at the 2007 Africa Movie Academy Awards, and she was nominated in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category at the event. By then, she has cemented her place as one actress that effortlessly portrays a sophisticated high-class society lady. This stereotype has stuck to her since then. One thing is sure, Ireti Doyle never failed to deliver when she plays this kind of character in films.

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However, in 2013, when the actress was cast as Ovu in the film, Torn, her portrayal of the character was a testament to the range of her acting skills.

Ireti Doyle won the award for Best Actress in a lead role at the 2014 Nollywood Movie Awards for her role in the film as well as several other notable nominations.

In Fifty (2015), she delivered a humorous role that no doubt surprised those who might have boxed her.

In 2016, Ireti Doyle also appeared in Sidomex Universal’s film titled Dinner. The film was among the ten highest-grossing Nollywood films of 2016. It also features Kehinde Bankole, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Enyinna Nwigwe, Adeyemi Okanlawon, Keira Hewatch, Okey Uzoeshi, and more.

Recently, Ireti Doyle played her trademark role in the two instalments of The Wedding Party and Merry Men.

More recently, she is part of the cast of the 2019 historical film 1929. You can watch the teaser here.

Doyle also starred in films like Kasanova and Zena, showing that she is still active in the industry.

Acting career (TV)

Still on Ireti Doyle’s acting career, it is important to mention that she has appeared in TV series as well. One of her most outstanding performances in TV drama is her character in Tinsel. She is one of the oldest faces of the show that began airing in 2008.

Ireti Doyle also appeared in the popular 2001 Nigerian comedy series, Fuji House of Commotion. She played the role of Chief Fuji’s fourth wife, Caro, in the popular Nigerian sitcom.

This is not all. She also acted in the 2011 series, For Coloured Girls. The series was an adaptation of the American stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

Also, in 2014, she featured in Nigerian TV series, Gidi Up, produced by Ndani TV and sponsored by GTBank.

Now, let us look at another aspect of her career in the entertainment industry.

TV presenter career

During her over two-decade-long career in the entertainment industry, Ireti Doyle spent nearly half of that time as a show anchor and TV presenter. Many of these shows were quite popular. For example, she was the anchor of Morning Ride and also presented Today On STV.

Additionally, she presented the show NIMASA This Week on Channels TV. The actress also wrote, produced, and presented her own trending fashion show, Oge with Iretiola in 2000. The show ran for over ten years but has since been rested.

Ireti Doyle is also a writer and as part of her biography, we look at some of her most popular contributions as a writer.

Writing career

The actress was credited as one of the screenplay writers of the legendary Amaka Igwe’s, Tempest.

She also writes social commentaries for magazines and publishing houses. Some of the columns that Ireti Doyle has authored include Shooting Breeze in City People magazine, The Chat Room in the Glitterati (a pull-out of This Day Newspaper) and Tiola’s take in the Saturday Vanguard.

Ireti Doyle Biography: Personal life

Iretiola married Patrick Doyle in December 2004 after Patrick’s ex-wife died in 1999 of sickle cell anaemia. Patrick and Ireti Doyle had first met on the set of a film, where the actress auditioned and Patrick was the producer.

Ireti Doyle Biography: early life, education, film career and personal life
Ireti and Patrick Doyle.

Patrick Doyle had said that the actress provided him with a shoulder to cry on during his period of grief. Together, Ireti and her husband have six children together.

Ireti Doyle Biography: Marriage controversies

According to a 2017 report from Encomium Ireti Doyle and her husband had experienced serious troubles in their marriage and had separated in 2014. The actress was said to have moved out of their home.

While this account was not publicly confirmed by the couple, many others stated that the celebrity couple had stopped appearing at events together. However, a statement credited to Ireti Doyle denied their troubles was behind this.

Instead, she allegedly explained that they decided to attend different events because the time clashed and they had to still honour invitations. Tales of marriage troubles come and go frequently on gossip blogs in the years that followed.

However, in May 2019, Premium Times reported that the couple had gotten back together. The article quoted an Instagram statement that Patrick Doyle posted where he acknowledged that he had been at fault. Sidomex Entertainment also reported the at the time that her husband came close to confirming rumours of a rift in their marriage.

He hinted at their troubles and reconciliation by saying; “As usual, she has with compassion released me from the dog house and reinstated me as master of the home.”

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Thus, Patrick and Ireti Doyle are still married to this day despite the rocky period they experienced.

Besides the controversy that surrounded her marriage, Ireti Doyle is relatively free of scandal, something that many critics have commented on. For her, she says that it is because she understands that her private life should be separate from her public life.

Ireti Doyle Biography: Net worth

Our research into the net worth of Ireti Doyle turned up some figures that seem to be more of speculations than actual facts. For example, states that Ireti Doyle was worth $2 million in 2018 while Trends Celeb says she is worth between $1 million to $5 million in 2020.

Ireti Doyle Biography: early life, education, film career and personal life

Both blogs did not provide an analysis of how they came up with these figures. Thus, we advise our readers not to quote them as facts.

While we do not have a figure for Ireti Doyle’s net worth, we can provide some information on some of her sources of income.

As we have mentioned in the beginning sections of this article, Doyle makes money from the film business. She starred in The Wedding Party and Merry Men, two films that are in the top ten of the list of highest-grossing films in Nigeria.

Besides these, she also ran some presenting gigs as well as her career in TV series. Additionally, we found that she owns a production chain of snails named Ologe Farms. She is also a brand ambassador for Fairy Dishwashing Liquid.

Final thoughts…

The biography of Ireti Doyle shows that she has had a lengthy and productive career in almost all facets of the entertainment industry. The fact that she has done all these with six children is also amazing.

Also, she is a multi-talented woman and has managed to navigate a noteworthy career in TV presenting as well as writing columns for notable publishing houses.

Her performances in films are also worthy of mention; it has gotten her several notable award nominations and wins.

Many of her colleagues respect her, and this is why they nicknamed her actor’s actor. She currently runs a snail farm, which shows that she is entrepreneurial as well. Below, we provide additional information about the actress.

Ireti Doyle Additional information

List of selected Ireti Doyle films

  1. All About Ere (1998)
  2. Across the Niger (2004)
  3. Sitanda (2006)
  4. Torn (2013)
  5. The Therapist (2015)
  6. Fifty (2015)
  7. The Grudge (2016)
  8. The Arbitration (2016)
  9. The Wedding Party (2016)
  10. Dinner (2016)
  11. The Wedding Party 2 (2017)
  12. Guy Man (2017)
  13. Something Wicked (2017)
  14. Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons (2018)
  15. Merry Men 2 (2019)
  16. Kasanova (2019)
  17. 1929 (2019)
  18. Zena (2019)

List of selected Ireti Doyle TV series

  1. Fuji House of Commotion (2001)
  2. Tinsel (2008)
  3. For Coloured Girls (2011)
  4. Gidi Up (2014)

List of Ireti Doyle awards

  1. Best Actress in a Lead Role at GIAMA Awards (2013).
  2. Best Actress in a Lead Role at Nollywood Movie Awards (2014)
  3. Actress of the Year at Late Ambassador Segun Olusola Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (2016).
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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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