Adetomiwa Edun

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Adetomiwa Edun
Born1984 (age 34–35)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (B.A., 2008)
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present

Babatunde Adetomiwa Stafford "Tomiwa" Edun, (born 1984) [1][2] is a Nigerian-born British 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.

Early life[edit]

Edun was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to Nigerian financier Olawale Edun and half-Ghanaian, half-English Amy Adwoa (née Appiah).[3][4][5] His maternal uncle is the philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah.[6] 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 Peggy Cripps, daughter of Sir Stafford Cripps, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1947-50 and son of the first Lord Parmoor.[7][8]

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).[5][9][10] In his final year at Christ's College, he won the dissertation prize for his thesis on Homer's Odyssey.[10] His father, a financier, encouraged Edun to enter banking as a career, and he interned with Citigroup.[9] He considered studying for a Master of Philosophy degree, but decided to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) instead.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2000, Edun appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the character Clifford in the show Kassandra by Ivo Stourton.[11] Edun attended RADA, appearing in several productions and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting in 2008.[9][11] Following his graduation from RADA, he played small parts in productions at the Almeida Theatre and the Liverpool Playhouse.[5] 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".[12][13] 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.[9] He also appeared in Slaves, a play by Rex Obano.[9]

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.[9] 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,[14] 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[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Dara Ju Tunde Akande Short film
2014 Dying of the Light Mbui
2015 Cinderella Trooper
2017 What Happened to Monday Eddie also known as Seven Sisters
2017 Banana Island Ghost The boyfriend Nigerian production
2018 In the Cloud Theo Jones [15]
2018 A Serial Killer's Guide to Life Ben Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Fixer Young Guy Episode: "Episode #2.6" (2.6)
2010 Law & Order: UK Lloyd Benson Episode: "Shaken" (4.3)
2010–2012 Merlin Sir Elyan 21 episodes
2011–2012 The Hour Sey Ola 5 episodes
2015 Bates Motel Marcus Young 4 episodes
Lucifer 2Vile Episode: "Pilot" (1.1)
Legends Manners 2 episodes
2016 Death in Paradise Ellery Wallace Episode: "One for the Road" (5.2)
Doctor Who Mr. Brock Episode: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" (10.0)
2017 Elementary Akello Akeny Episode: "Moving Targets" (5.22)
2018 A Discovery of Witches Sean 3 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Game Voice role Notes
2016 FIFA 17 Alex Hunter Also motion capture
2017 FIFA 18
2018 FIFA 19

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Director Company Notes
2009 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
2013 Lionboy Charlie Ashanti Annabel Arden's Production
2016 The Deep Blue Sea Jackie Jackson National Theatre
2018 Translations Lieutenant Yolland National Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 3, p. 3063
  2. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1995, ed. Patrick Montague-Smith, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, p. 986
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 3, p. 3063
  4. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1995, ed. Patrick Montague-Smith, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, p. 986
  5. ^ a b c d Rajul, Amol (30 April 2009). "Adetomiwa Edun: A Romeo to die for". The Independent. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  6. ^ Kwame Appiah's website URL= http://appiah.net/2009/04/30/my-nephew Date accessed= 20 October 2018
  7. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 3, p. 3063
  8. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1995, ed. Patrick Montague-Smith, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, p. 986
  9. ^ a b c d e f Gilbert, Gerard (7 November 2010). "Right on cue: Meet the new generation of hot young British actors taking the world by storm". The Independent. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Adetomiwa Edun (m. 2002)". Christ's College, Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Adetomiwa Edun". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  12. ^ Elkin, Susan (12 February 2009). "Macbeth". The Stage. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  13. ^ Heart, Gwen (3 January 2010). "The incredible Romeo and he is... black". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  14. ^ Remling, Amanda (13 April 2015). "'Bates Motel' Season 3 Spoilers: Norman Unravels In Episode 6; "Norma Louise" Gives New Look At "Psycho" [recap]". International Business Times. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  15. ^ Spangler, Todd (20 September 2017). "Gabriel Byrne, Justin Chatwin Star in Crackle's VR-Themed Movie 'In the Cloud'". Variety. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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