Chiké is a British Nigerian Actor, Producer, and Activist. His work has included a role in the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, The Birth of a Nation. He starred opposite Gabrielle Union in the US hit BET (Black Entertainment Television) series Being Mary Jane. In 2020, Chiké received the Best Actor award at SeriesFest for his lead role in TV pilot Distemper.
Most recently he can be seen starring in Season 1 & 2 of the NBC Universal TV drama 'La Brea' about a family who are separated when a giant sinkhole opens up in Los Angeles. The show premiered in the UK on Channel 5/Paramount Plus in 2022/2023. Prior to that he voiced the lead soldier in video game 'Call of Duty: Vanguard', as well as appearing across all visuals within the game. He also starred in action thriller 'Rise' about the kidnapping of a Nigerian princess by Boko Haram.
His theatre experience is extensive including work at The National, and the RSC including a performance in the award-winning production of Julius Caesar that went to New York in 2013. That same year, Okonkwo was also commended for his role in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre.
Chiké's activism focuses on Black banking in his role as Ambassador for One United Bank, the largest Black owned bank in the US, as an advocate for the eradication of Child Poverty in his work with the Children's Defense Fund and as a facilitator of a Restorative Justice course for system impacted men at California State Prison in Lancaster. Chiké is also a member of the Master Artist’s Council of the Arthur Miller Foundation.
Chiké has a neutral Britsh accent. He has lived and worked in America for many years and American traces can be found and he can sometimes be described as Mid Atlantic. He can fully invest in the American accent and it comes easily to him if needed. He can do an excellent Nigerian accent too thanks to his heritage.
Neutral*, London, British American, Nigerian, West African, Mid Atlantic, American
La Brea (TV, 2021-2022) – 'Ty Coleman', NBC Universal
Rise (Film, 2022) – 'Alli', Defiant Studios/Kodiak Pictures
Call of Duty: Vanguard (Game, 2021) – 'Arthur Kingsley', Call of Duty (Activision)
Hudson Falls (TV, 2021) – 'William Adams', ESP Films
Death Saved my Life (Film, 2021) – 'Ed Thompson', Lifetime
Distemper (TV, 2020) – 'Noah Janson', ESP Films
Blindfire (Film, 2020) – 'Andre Hughes', Kandoo Films
Genesis (Film, 2018) – 'Abel', Vistaar/White Hot Productions
Being Mary Jane (TV, 2017) – 'Lee Truit', BET, Season 4
Decline and Fall (TV, 2017) – 'Chokey', BBC One
Burning Sands (Film, 2017) – 'Big Brother Breyton', Netflix
The Birth of a Nation (Film, 2016) – 'Will', Fox Searchlight Pictures
Banshee (TV, 2015) – 'Lennox', Cinemax, Series 3
All My Sons (Royal Exchange, Manchester 2013) (Theatre, 2013) – 'Chris', Royal Exchange Manchester
Julius Caesar (RSC, 2012-2013) (Theatre, 2012-2013) – 'Metellus Cimber/Messala/Soldier/Coffin bearer', RSC, Stratford, UK tour, Moscow, New York, Ohio
His Dark Materials (National Theatre, 2004-5) (Theatre, 2004-2005) – 'Dr Cade', National Theatre
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