Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola (born 1978) is a British theatre, television, and film actor.
Profile Summary of Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola
|Born||1978 (age 42–43)
Plaistow, London, England
Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola Early Life
Jimmy Akingbola was born in London to Yoruba parents who had immigrated from Nigeria.
Akingbola began her studies at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in Wandsworth, London, in 1996. He finished their three-year, full-time acting diploma.
Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola Career
Akingbola began his stage career in The Nativity for Bill Alexander at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He went on to perform in the Royal National Theatre’s staging of Baby Doll. Following that, he starred in “Naked Justice,” a play by John Mortimer, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, opposite Leslie Phillips.
In December 2004, Akingbola played Elvis in the moving drama Behzti at the Birmingham Rep. He co-wrote the successful play Prayer Room with rapper and actor Riz Ahmed. Akingbola received four-star ratings for his portrayal of Bunce.
Akingbola appeared in Roxanne Silbert’s play People Next Door, where he provided an unforgettable performance with actor Fraser Ayres’ character as his closest buddy Marco.
Akingbola received his first award (TMA Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor) for his performance as Christopher in Blue/Orange, which premiered at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and subsequently went on a national tour. In Joe Penhall’s award-winning drama, directed by Kathy Burke, he appeared with Roger Lloyd-Pack and Shaun Evans.
Akingbola later appeared in Michael Grandage’s The Cut at the Donmar Warehouse, opposite Ian McKellen.
Akingbola was the first black actor to portray the part of anti-hero Jimmy Porter in John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger at the Jermyn Street Theatre in July 2008. The same year, he earned a TMA Award for his performance in the title role of Othello with the group Frantic Assembly.
Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola Net Worth
Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola’s net worth is estimated to be between $5 and $10 million, according to online sources. Jimmy made the most of his money from his Yeezy sneakers, and while he had exaggerated about the size of his company over the years, the money he made from his job was real–enough to rank as one of the greatest celebrity cashouts of all time. His primary source of income is from his work as a successful actor. Aside from his large social media following, actor
Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola on Television
Akingbola’s television career began with the black BBC sitcom “The Crouches,” in which he played the humorous character, Dennis Dutton.
Since then, he has been in “Stupid! The Bill, The Royal, The South Bank Show, Roger Roger, Holby City, Doctors, New Tricks, Comedy Lab, and Longford.”
Akingbola landed his first permanent big television role as PC Neil Parker, with Kacey Ainsworth and Tim Pigott-Smith, in the BBC’s police drama series HolbyBlue, opposite his on-screen colleague PC Kelly Cooper, played by Chloe Howman.
He appeared as Dean Collier in New Tricks in 2009 (“Blood Is Thicker Than Water”, S6:E7). In 2010, Akingbola returned to the BBC2 blockbuster series Rev., where he portrayed the popular character “Mick,” with Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman. Akingbola was nominated for “Best TV Comedy Performance” at the Black International Film Festival and Music Video & Screen Awards for his performance as Mick. In 2011, Akingbola also portrayed Malick in Holby City and PC Johnson in Silk on BBC One.
In episode 2 of the second series of BBC One sitcom Big School, Akingbola played blind geography teacher Dr Dalton.
Akingbola was cast as Baron Reiter in Arrow Season 4 in 2015.
As of March 2020, Akingbola was seen as Koji in the upcoming ITV sitcom Kate & Koji and Carter in Quibi’s Most Dangerous Game. He will next appear as Valentine in season 3 of In The Long Run with Idris Elba, and then in Ted Lasso for Apple TV+.
Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola on Audio/Radio
Akingbola’s voice may be heard in a number of notable computer games from companies such as EA, Disney, PlayStation, and Funcom. Dead Space 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gangs of London, Age of Conan, The Secret World, Dirt 2, James Bond: GoldenEye, Brink, and Dirty Bomb are some of the games available.
Akingbola is a regular voice-over contributor for BBC Radio, appearing on programs such as BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 7.
Jimmy Olatokunbo Akingbola Movies
|2005||The Car||Jarelle||Short film|
|2006||Blackbeard: Terror at Sea||Black Caesar||TV Movie|
|2012||The Smoke||Marcus Ademola||Short film|
|2013||Life’s a Bitch||N/A||Producer|
|2013||Out of Darkness||Male||Short film|
|2013||Ambition to Live||N/A||Producer|
|2013||Mr. Invisible||Police Officer #2||Short film|
|2015||Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot||Keen Pet Shop Keeper||TV Movie|
|2016||Spectral||Sgt. Steve McFadden||Film|
|2017||The Machine||Dr. Lubin||TV Movie|
|2003||Roger Roger||Dion||Season 3, Episode 3|
|2003 – 2005||The Crouches||Dennis Ubakema / Dennis Dutton||9 episodes|
|2003 – 2010||Doctors||Adam Bede / Jerome Noble / Luke Kabila||7 episodes|
|2004||Stupid!||Various characters||8 episodes|
|2006||The Royal||Corporal Frederick Collins||Season 5, Episode 4|
|2006 – 2009||The Bill||Dave Clayton / Paul Gilbert||2 episodes|
|2007 – 2008||Holby Blue||PC Neil Parker||20 episodes|
|2007 – 2015||The Wright Stuff||Himself||8 episodes|
|2009||New Tricks||Dean Collier||Season 6, Episode 7|
|2010 – 2014||Rev.||Mick||10 episodes|
|2011||Silk||PC Johnson||Season 1, Episode 4|
|2011||Twenty Twelve||Receptionist||Season 1, Episode 3|
|2011||Planet of the Apemen: Battle for Earth||Morda||Episode 2 of 2 Neanderthal|
|2014||Death in Paradise||Terrance Jackson||Season 3, Episode 7|
|2014||Big School||Dr. Dalton||Season 2, Episode 2|
|2015||Very British Problems||Himself||3 episodes|
|2015||Sons of Liberty||Peter Salem||Season 1, Episode 2|
|2015||Ballot Monkeys||Baz Adebalu||5 episodes|
|2015||Fungus the Bogeyman||Reverend Jake Ruto||3 episodes|
|2015 – 2016||Arrow||Baron Reiter||16 episodes|
|2016||Sorry, I Don’t Know||Himself||Host (1 episode)|
|2017||NCIS||Liberian Ambassador Gabriel Moore||Season 14, Episode 22|
|2017||Living the Dream||Paul||5 episodes|
|2018||Scorpion||Jelani||Season 4, Episode 22|
|2018||In the Long Run||Valentine|
|2020||Kate & Koji||Koji||Series 1|
|1999||Ready or Not Raw||Mr. MV / Customs Officer||Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford, London|
|Nativity||Chief of the Guard||Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham|
|2000||Baby Doll||Norm||Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London & Albery Theatre, West End, London|
|Ramayana||Mahaparashwa||Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham|
|2001||Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London|
|Naked Justice||Byron Williams||West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds & UK Tour|
|2002||Playing Fields||Pete||Soho Theatre, Soho, London|
|2003||Thumbelina||Hans Christian Andersen||Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, North Yorkshire|
|The People Next Door||Marco||Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford, London|
|2004||Behzti||Elvis||Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham|
|The Shooky||Onga||Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham||in partnership with Birmingham schools|
|2005||Blue/Orange||Christopher||Crucible Theatre, Sheffield & UK Tour||Winner of Best Supporting Actor, TMA Awards 2005|
|Prayer Room||Bunce||Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh|
|After the End||Mark||Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush, London||Paines Plough Production|
|2006||The Cut||John||Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden, London|
|Henry VIII||Duke of Surrey||Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon|
|White Open Spaces||Courage||Soho Theatre, Soho, London|
|2007||The Christ of Coldharbour Lane||Omotunde||Soho Theatre, Soho, London|
|2008||Look Back in Anger||Jimmy Porter||Jermyn Street Theatre, London|
|Othello||Othello||Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London|
|2009||Everything Must Go!||Various roles||Soho Theatre, Soho, London|
|Category B||Saul||Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London|
|Detaining Justice||Alfred||Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London|
|2013||The Island||Winston||Young Vic, The Cut, London|
|2016||Father Comes Home from the Wars – Parts 1,2 & 3||Homer||Jerwood Theatre, Sloane Square, London|
- Best Supporting Actor, Theatrical Management Association Annual Awards (“Blue/Orange”)
- Best Male TV Actor, BEFFTA Awards (BBC’s “REV”)
- Best Male Film Actor, BEFFTA Awards (“Habibti”)
- Best Male TV Actor, Screen Nation (BBC’s “Holby Blue”)