Cyril’s career spans the last 4 decades and he has appeared in many iconic TV shows, including 4 years playing Superintendent Adam Okaro in ITV’s The Bill. Appearances in other major shows include This Life, Eastenders, Waking the Dead and Law & Order: UK.
Recently he had a recurring role in Series One of Sky’s Original drama ‘Devils’ as well as a part in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’. BAFTA nominated him Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘Cucumber’ on Channel 4 in 2016. He also had a role in the 2019 sequel to the classic 90s movie 'Backdraft' and in the new HBO film version of the Roald Dahl classic story 'The Witches' in 2020. In 2018 he had a major part in critically acclaimed and award winning indie film 'Jellyfish'.
His stage highlights include roles in ‘Oxford Street’ at the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet in Stratford upon Avon and most recently in the National Theatre’s hugely successful production of The Barbershop Chronicles.
He is the voice of Hyena in CBeebies Tinga Tinga Tales.
His native accent is Neutral/RP & he's experienced with a Nigerian & Southern State American accents.
Devils (TV, 2020) – 'Greg Bowman', Sky Atlantic/Sky Italy
The Witches (Film, 2020) – 'Chief Doorman', HBO Max
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Film, 2019) – 'First Order Officer', LucasFilm/Disney
Backdraft 2 (Film, 2019) – 'Ricket', Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
On the Edge (TV, 2018) – 'Patrick', Channel 4, Series 1
The Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre 2017-2018) (Theatre, 2018) – 'Emmanuel', National Theatre
The ABC Murders (TV, 2018) – 'Father Anselm', BBC/Amazon
Jellyfish (Film, 2018) – 'Adam Hale', Jellyfish Productions
Death in Paradise (TV, 2017) – 'Mayor Joseph Richards', BBC One, Series 6
Midsomer Murders (TV, 2017) – 'Warwick Sowande', ITV, Series 19
Hamlet (RSC Stratford 2016) (Theatre, 2016) – 'Polonius', RSC Stratford
Cucumber (TV, 2015) – 'Lance Sullivan', Channel 4
Law & Order: UK (TV, 2009-2014) – 'Judge DeMarco', ITV
Julius Caesar (RSC, 2012-2013) (Theatre, 2012-2013) – 'Cassius', RSC, Stratford, UK Tour, Moscow, New York, Ohio
Tinga Tinga Tales (Animation, 2010-2012) – 'Hyena', CBeebies
New Tricks (TV, 2011) – 'Billy Green', BBC One, Series 8
Oxford Street (Royal Court Theatre) (Theatre, 2008) – 'Emmanuel Lamptey', Royal Court Theatre
Waking the Dead (TV, 2008) – 'Raymond Ayanike', BBC One
The Bill (TV, 1990-2006) – 'Superintendent Adam Okaro', ITV
EastEnders (TV, 2001) – 'DS Tom Burton'
This Life (TV, 1996-1997) – 'Graham', BBC Two
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