Paapa Essiedu Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 24 Jul, 2020
Facts of Paapa Essiedu
Date of Birth: 1990
Birth Nation: England
Name Paapa Essiedu
Birth Name Paapa Essiedu
Nationality English
Birth Place/City London, England
Ethnicity Ghanaian
Profession Actor
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Married No
Children No
Education Forest School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Online Presence Twitter
Movies Murder on the Orient Express
TV Show The Miniaturist, National Treasure: Kiri, Press, Gangs of London, I May Destroy You
Siblings 2 (half-brother and half-sister)
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Paapa Essiedu is an English stage and screen actor most known for playing Nate Akindele in the Channel 4 crime-drama miniseries National Treasure: Kiri; Alexander Dumani in the action–crime drama series, Gangs of London; and most recently, as Kwame in the BBC One/HBO comedy-drama series, I May Destroy You. 

When was Paapa Essiedu Born? What is His Ethnicity?

Paapa Essiedu was born in 1990 in Ghana. His parents separated when he was young and he moved to England with his mother while his father stayed behind and got remarried. He was raised in East London by his mother, where he attended Forest School in Walthamstow.   

Despite aspiring to become a doctor, he found his true calling in acting and got accepted into the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he was peers with his future I May Destroy You co-star, Michaela Coel.

Career

Paapa Essiedu started his career as a theatre actor and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012. He played Fenton in the play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, for the company. He has since gone on to perform in plays like Outside on the Street at the Pleasance Theatre, Black Jesus at the Finborough Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at the Tobacco Factory, You For Me For You at the Royal Court Theatre, and Hamlet and King Lear, both at the Royal Shakespeare Company.    

Paapa Essiedu performing on-stage at Living North SOURCE: Living North

Essiedu's on-screen debut came as Roy in the Channel 4 black comedy-conspiracy thriller series, Utopia. He played The Duke of Burgundy in the televised National Theatre broadcast of the play Kind Lear

Essiedu first came into recognition as Otto in the BBC miniseries The Miniaturist. He went on to gain more recognition as Nate Akindele in the Channel 4 crime-drama miniseries, National Treasure: Kiri.   

Most recently, Essiedu has played Alexander 'Alex' Dumani in the Sky Atlantic's TV adaptation of the eponymous video game, Gangs of London.

Furthermore, he starred as Kwame, one of the central characters of the BBC One/HBO comedy-drama series, I May Destroy You, written, created, directed, executive produced by, and starring his Guildhall classmate Michaela Coel. The series also stars Weruche OpiaNatalie Walter, Adam JamesMariah Gale, and Andi Osho, among others.

What is the Net Worth of Paapa Essiedu?

Paapa Essiedu is estimated to have a net worth of around $500 thousand. His wealth comes from his career as a screen and stage actor.

Paapa Essiedu in I May Destroy You SOURCE: Esquire

With nearly 8 years of on-screen experience and an even longer career as a stage actor, Essiedu is most known for his television appearances as Nate Akindele in the Channel 4 crime-drama miniseries National Treasure: Kiri; Alexander Dumani in the action–crime drama series, Gangs of London; and most recently, as Kwame in the BBC One/HBO comedy-drama series, I May Destroy You.

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