Rita Sahatçiu Ora born on 26 November 1990 is a Albanian-British singer and actress. Ora was born in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo) to Albanian parents. Ora has an older sister, Elena, and a younger brother, Don. She was named after the favourite film star of her film director grandfather Besim Sahatçiu, Rita Hayworth.
Her family left Kosovo for political reasons, because of the persecution of ethnic Albanians initiated with the disintegration of Yugoslavia. They relocated to England in 1991, when she was a year old, settling in London. She grew up near Portobello Road in West London, and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated from a performing arts school, Sylvia Young Theatre School, and then St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College. She began singing from an early age. Ora possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range and credits Gwen Stefani and Beyoncé as her idols and biggest influences.
In 2015, she played Christian Grey's sister, Mia, in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Ora originally approached the production hoping to contribute to the film's soundtrack, and instead was asked to audition for the role of Mia Grey by the director of the film, Sam Taylor-Johnson.
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