18 March 1982 |
Kingston upon Thames, London, England
Born and brought up in Kingston upon Thames, Okonkwo is of Nigerian descent. He attended Tolworth Infants/Juniors School and Southborough High School in Kingston, and later turned down a number of places at the UK's leading drama schools in order to pursue a university education, gaining a First Class degree in Business Computing from the University of Surrey, graduating in 2003. After completing his studies Okonkwo pursued an acting career full-time.
Okonkwo was one of ten actors selected from twelve thousand applicants for the BBC Talent Scheme in 2001, leading to his first professional acting role in Holby City. He trained at the National Youth Theatre, and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre between 1999 and 2002. Okonkwo is the patron of the Kingston-based International Youth Arts Festival.
Okonkwo's stage credits include Oklahoma!, Into the Woods, Fixer, As You Like It, In Time and A Matter of Life and Death. He spent a year performing at the National Theatre, where he appeared in several productions including Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
On television, Okonkwo has made guest appearances in episodes of Holby City, Silent Witness, Casualty, M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team and Roman Mysteries. He also appeared in Blood and Oil, a BBC Two drama about the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. Okonkwo played the lead roles of PC Clark in the pilot and first series of New Tricks, and DC Callum Gada in Paradox.
Okonkwo is a long standing member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) performing in their 50th Anniversary season in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and most recently in Gregory Doran's critically acclaimed production of Julius Caesar (play) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York in 2013.
|2002||Holby City||Ian Clarke
- Judas Kiss (Part One) (2002)
|Silent Witness||PC Ben Manning
- Closed Ranks: Part One (2002)
- Closed Ranks: Part Two (2002)
|2003||New Tricks||PC Clark (2003–2004)||Police drama|
- Keeping the Peace (2003)
|2005||M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team||Marlon Raines
- Episode 2.3 (2005)
|2006||The Royal||Jermaine Johnson
- Seeking Refuge (2006)
|Shoot the Messenger||Kwame||Television play|
- The Pirates of Pompeii (2007)
|Children's TV series|
- Take a Cup of Kindness Yet (2007)
- For Auld Lang Syne (2007)
- Life Born of Fire (2008)
- Gathering Light (2008)
|2009||Paradox||DC Callum Gada||Sci-fi crime drama|
|2010||Blood and Oil||Ebi||TV serial|
|2005||Spirit Trap||Edmund Joseph|
|2008||Tooting Broadway Flatmates||Adam Smith||Short film|
|2008||The Last Jazz Musician||Trane||Short film|
|2010||Knock Off||Michael||Short film|
- IMDB – Biography Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- "Young people take centre stage in Kingston". Royal Kingston. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- Paradox press pack – Chike Okonkwo is DC Callum Gada BBC Press Office. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- New Tricks characters – Chiké Okonkwo plays PC Clark BBC Press Office. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- "Why Britannia still rules the stage". The Guardian. 10 June 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- National Youth Music Theatre Alumni 1976 – 2004 See relevant listing.
- Gore, Will (3 July 2009). "IYAF – Youth given a chance to shine". This is London. Retrieved 2010-03-05.[dead link]
- IMDB – Other works Retrieved 2010-03-05.