Nigerian-British actor, Nonso Anozie, is making waves both in the UK and the US. He is currently playing his “favourite superhero” in a blockbuster series, The Bible, which made its British debut on Saturday 30th November after being seen by more than 100 million people in the United States.
He recently granted an interview to the Evening Standard and the report appears below:
Anozie, 35, is lion-slaying hero Samson, given supernatural strength by God, in opening episodes of the 10-hour series being shown on Channel Five. Samson famously loses his powers when Delilah, played by Kierston Wareing from EastEnders, cuts his hair.
The massive public reaction in America comes as Anozie appears as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in Game of Thrones and Renfield in the Sky Living series, Dracula, and films Cinderella at Pinewood Studios with Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett under the direction of Kenneth Branagh.
The former Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre actor will also be seen in Branagh’s next film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with Chris Pine.
Anozie said Samson was an important role as he was brought up a Christian and his family was rallying the church communities of London to watch the series, which tells the most famous stories from the Bible.
“It means a lot to me. I’m a Christian. And I got to do a lot of great fight scenes and play this character that was the original biblical superhero. It’s a boy’s dream. But I don’t just want Christians to tune in, I want everybody to watch.”
He always dreamed of being an actor but his Nigerian-born parents were not originally keen and the “overt racism on the streets” in the Eighties made him initially wonder if “there was room for me as a black kid”.
But Anozie is now proving a rising star. If not yet a household name, he gets stopped by Game of Thrones fans in America, at football matches because of the hooligan movie, Cass, and by Guy Ritchie fans after British crime film RocknRolla. He also appeared with Anna Friel in The Pavement Psychologist.
“Things are really taking off in a great way. I’m working in different countries, working with great productions with great people,” he said.