Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Law from London’s prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian, Yoruba and Swahili,
The son of immigrants from Nigeria, he has played almost entirely African characters despite having been born and raised in England. He usually employs a deep, Nigerian timber while acting, while off-screen he has a very British, somewhat Cockney accent.
His best known acting roles have been as the imposing convict Simon Adebisi in the HBO prison series Oz, and as Mr. Eko on ABC’s survivor drama Lost. He was also in an episode of New York Undercover; he guest starred in the second episode of season 8 of Monk, and played Derek Jameson in the 2011 film The Thing. Other TV shows including Hunted and Strike Back. He has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top films, including The Bourne Identity, in which he played a deposed African dictator, Hitu the police officer in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, and Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra .
Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also stated that he will be directing a film about his life story. More recently he portrayed Kurse in the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World.