DeObia Oparei is a London-born actor and playwright, who has spent the last two decades amassing an impressive body of work across theatre, television, and film.
DeObia began his acting career working for various British theatre companies, such as Theatre De Complicite, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Royal National Theatre, as well as appearing in extensive seasons in Australia at the Sydney Theatre Company. He is also a playwright, and his first play, CRAZYBLACKMUTHAF**KIN’SELF, was staged and produced by The Royal Court Theatre in London.
Throughout his film career, DeObia has played a variety of different characters and has worked with celebrated directors such as Mimi Leder in ‘Thick as Thieves’, opposite Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, and Tom Hardy; Rob Marshall in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ opposite Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Geoffrey Rush; and Roland Emmerich in ‘Independence Day: RESURGENCE’ as “Dikembe Umbutu” opposite Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman.
Most recently, Oparei appeared in the Netflix dramedy series ‘Sex Education’ which was streamed by over 40 million viewers within the first month of its release. He has played the stoic Captain of the Dornish guard in seasons 5 and 6 of the HBO’s acclaimed fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones’. DeObia will be seen playing ‘Rongo’ in the live action version of the Walt Disney Classic ‘Dumbo’, directed by Tim Burton and starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito.
Oparei’s other credits include: Brendan Maher’s ‘Doom Runners’ opposite Tim Curry; Shekhar Kapur’s ‘The Four Feathers’ opposite Heath Ledger; Stephen Frears’ ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Audrey Tautou; Simon Fellows’ ‘7 Seconds’ opposite Wesley Snipes; Andrzej Bartkowiak’s ‘Doom’ opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karl Urban, and Rosamund Pike; Thomas Ikimi’s ‘Legacy’ opposite Idris Elba; and Pete Travis’ ‘DREDD’ opposite Karl Urban and Lena Headey.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.