Adetomiwa Edun

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Adetomiwa Edun
Born1984 (age 3536)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (B.A., 2008)
Occupation Actor
Years active2000–present

Babatunde Adetomiwa Stafford "Tomiwa" Edun, (born 1984) [1] [2] is a Nigerian actor. He is best known for his roles as Sir Elyan in the television show Merlin , Marcus Young in Bates Motel and Alex Hunter in the football video games FIFA 17 , FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 .

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Early life

Edun was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to Nigerian financier Olawale Edun and half-Ghanaian, half-English Amy Adwoa (née Appiah). [1] [2] [3] His maternal uncle is the philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah. [4] His maternal grandparents were Ghanaian lawyer, diplomat and politician Joseph Emmanuel Appiah- a Nana of the Ashanti people through whom Edun is a descendant of Ghanaian warrior emperor Osei Tutu- and art historian and authoress Peggy Cripps, daughter of Sir Stafford Cripps, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1947–50 and son of the first Lord Parmoor. [1] [2]

Edun moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11. He attended Eton College from the age of 13, before reading Classics at Christ's College, Cambridge (University of Cambridge). [3] [5] [6] In his final year at Christ's College, he won the dissertation prize for his thesis on Homer's Odyssey . [6] His father, a financier, encouraged Edun to enter banking as a career, and he interned with Citigroup. [5] He considered studying for a Master of Philosophy degree, but decided to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) instead. [3]

Career

In 2000, Edun appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the character Clifford in the show Kassandra by Ivo Stourton. [7] Edun attended RADA, appearing in several productions and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting in 2008. [5] [7] Following his graduation from RADA, he played small parts in productions at the Almeida Theatre and the Liverpool Playhouse. [3] He also played Macbeth in a production of the eponymous play by the National Theatre, earning praise for being "charismatic" and a "fine verse speaker". [8] [9] In 2009, Edun became only the second black actor to play Romeo at the Globe Theatre when he was cast in Dominic Dromgoole's production of Romeo and Juliet . [5] He also appeared in Slaves, a play by Rex Obano. [5]

Edun has also appeared in several television shows. In 2009, he appeared in an episode of The Fixer , before a role in Law & Order: UK as a soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan. [5] During series three of Merlin , Edun appeared as Elyan in three episodes, and was upgraded to a recurring character in series four. Elyan was killed off during the fifth and final series of Merlin in 2012. In 2011, he appeared in two episodes of The Hour as the character Sey, and reprised the role for three episodes in 2012. In 2015, Edun had a recurring role on the third season of Bates Motel as Marcus Young, a candidate for sheriff of White Pine Bay, [10] which he followed with roles in Lucifer , Legends , and Death in Paradise . He also appeared as Mr Brocks in the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special in 2016. The following year, Edun portrayed a war criminal in an episode of Elementary .

Edun performed motion capture and voiced the role of Alex Hunter in the video game by EA Sports, FIFA 17 , and reprised his role in the sequels FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 .

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2012Dara JuTunde AkandeShort film
2014 Dying of the Light Mbui
2015 Cinderella Trooper
2017 What Happened to Monday Eddiealso known as Seven Sisters
2017 Banana Island Ghost The boyfriendNigerian production
2018 In the Cloud Theo Jones [11]
2018 A Serial Killer's Guide to Life BenPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009 The Fixer Young GuyEpisode: "Episode #2.6" (2.6)
2010 Law & Order: UK Lloyd BensonEpisode: "Shaken" (4.3)
2010–2012 Merlin Sir Elyan 21 episodes
2011–2012 The Hour Sey Ola5 episodes
2015 Bates Motel Marcus Young4 episodes
Lucifer 2VileEpisode: "Pilot" (1.1)
Legends Manners2 episodes
2016 Death in Paradise Ellery WallaceEpisode: "One for the Road" (5.2)
Doctor Who Mr. BrockEpisode: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" (10.0)
2017 Elementary Akello AkenyEpisode: "Moving Targets" (5.22)
2018 A Discovery of Witches Sean3 episodes
2019 The Capture Faisal2 episodes

Video games

YearGameVoice roleNotes
2016 FIFA 17 Alex Hunter Also motion capture
2017 FIFA 18
2018 FIFA 19
2019 FIFA 20

Theatre

YearTitleRoleDirectorCompanyNotes
2009 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
2013 Lionboy Charlie AshantiAnnabel Arden's Production
2016 The Deep Blue Sea Jackie Jackson National Theatre
2018 Translations Lieutenant YollandNational Theatre

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