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Chiké Okonkwo

Chiké Okonkwo. British-Nigerian actor and Thespian.


Chiké Okonkwo. British-Nigerian actor and Thespian.

Okonkwo is known for portraying PC Clark in ‘New Tricks’, DC Callum Gada in ‘Paradox’, Lee Truitt in ‘Being Mary Jane’, and Ty Coleman in ‘La Brea’. 

His Story?

As one of ten actors selected from 12,000 applicants for the BBC Talent Scheme in 2001, this led to Okonkwo’s first professional acting role in Holby City.

He trained at the National Youth Theatre and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre between 1999 and 2002, while Okonkwo is currently the patron of the Kingston-based International Youth Arts Festival.

On television, Okonkwo has made guest appearances in episodes of ‘Holby City’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Casualty’, ‘M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team’ and ‘Roman Mysteries’. He also appeared in ‘Blood and Oil’, a BBC Two drama about the oil conflict in the Niger Delta.

He is a long-standing member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), performing in their 50th Anniversary season in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and in Gregory Doran’s

Critically acclaimed production of Julius Caesar at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York in 2013. He co-starred in ‘The Birth of a Nation’, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.

His illustrious career solidifies his position as a trailblazer in the film and television industry.

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