Ariyon Bakare

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Ariyon Bakare
Born 1969 (age 48–49)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor

Ariyon Debo Bakare (born 1971) is a British actor. He has appeared in the BBC mini-series A Respectable Trade (1995), British soap opera Family Affairs from 2000 to 2001, and the BBC One daytime drama Doctors from 2001 to 2005. Prior to this, Bakare guested on British dramas The Bill, Casualty, and Holby City. He has starred alongside Paul Bettany in Ross Kettle's film After the Rain, and with Nia Long and Colin Firth in The Secret Laughter of Women.

Life and career

After leaving Doctors, Bakare returned to direct and write several episodes. He co-wrote and starred in the Channel drama Stealing Lives. In November 2008, he appeared as a villain in the BBC1 drama Spooks. On 18 October 2009 he made an appearance in Casualty (BBC1, series 24, episode 7, "Love is a Sacrifice") as the brother of a patient.

In 2011, Bakare played a mini-cab driver, Carl Lucas, in the last episode of the sixth series of Law & Order UK, first broadcast in 2012. He appeared in Dancing on the Edge, first broadcast in 2013, as Wesley Holt, a band manager. Bakare later appeared in Doctor Who, in the 2015 episode, "The Woman Who Lived", alongside Maisie Williams. He played the antagonist of the episode, a lion-like creature called Leandro. He had a cameo as a Rebel pilot in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Bakare's theatre credits include productions at the RSC and the Lyric Hammersmith. He was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award for the role of Florindo in Tim Supple's staging of A Servant to Two Masters at the Young Vic theatre. He starred opposite Janet Suzman in the British premiere of Dream of the Dog, where he played a South African nattily clad architect, "Look Smart". The show opened to rave reviews.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 After the Rain Vusisizwe (Joseph)
1999 The Secret Laughter of Women Rev. Fola
1999 Dead Bolt Dead The Thug
2006 Shoot the Messenger Elroy
2008 The Dark Knight Guard Commander
2009 Happy Ever Afters Wilson
2012 Full Firearms Laslo
2015 Jupiter Ascending Greeghan
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Stephen Black 7 episodes
2015 Dusha shpiona Sam
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blue Four
2017 Life Hugh Derry
2019 Carnival Row Darius TV series, recurring
2019 A Family Vacation Filming


  1. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (4 May 2010). "Dream of the Dog at the Finborough Theatre, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-12-03.

External links

  • Ariyon Bakare on IMDb
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