Cyril Nri

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Cyril Nri
Born Cyril Ikechukwu Nri
(1961-04-25) 25 April 1961 (age 54)
Occupation Actor, writer, film director

Cyril Ikechukwu Nri (born 25 April 1961 in Nigeria) is a British actor, writer and director who is best known for playing Superintendent Adam Okaro in the police TV series The Bill.


Nri attended Holland Park School in West London and appeared in a school production of Three Penny Opera. He attended the Young Vic Youth Theatre in Waterloo, London. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and is probably best known for playing the role of Superintendent Adam Okaro, later Chief Superintendent, in the long-running ITV police drama The Bill. He also had a role as Graham, a barrister colleague of Miles and Anna, in both series of the cult BBC TV drama series This Life.

After drama school at the Bristol Old Vic Cyril started acting life at The Royal Shakespeare Company where his first role was Lucius in Ron Daniel's 1982 production of Julius Caesar. He played Ariel to Max Von Sydow's Prospero in Jonathan Miller's 1988 production of The Tempest.

In 2008, he starred alongside other former The Bill favourites, Philip Whitchurch and Russell Boulter in an episode of BBC1's Waking the Dead.

In 2009 he appeared in The Observer at the Royal National Theatre.

In 2009 and 2010 he appeared in Law & Order UK as a Judge Demarco and again reprised this role in the 2012 and 2013 series of the show.

In February 2010 he guest starred in Doctors.

In November 2010, he appeared in Series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, in the "Lost in Time" episodes. He later reappeared in October 2011, in the Series opener of Series 5, "Sky".

In 2012–13 he played Cassius in Greg Doran's Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar in Stratford upon Avon, London and New York, where in his New York Times review Ben Brantley said of Nri, "Mr. Nri’s expression as he registers Caesar’s words is that of a man who feels a noose tightening around his neck. Wary and sly, scared and manipulative, Mr. Nri is an excellent Cassius, capturing the climate of paranoia and politicking that thickens the air." [1]

In 2015 he played Lance in the Russell T. Davies TV series Cucumber.

Personal life[edit]

Nri's family are Igbo; they fled the country in 1968 prior to the end of the Nigerian Civil/Biafran War. [2] He moved to Portugal when he was seven, and later to London. Nri lives in South London and has done since the 1980s.

He went to a school in Kensington, London.

Cyril Nri has been married, and he now identifies as bisexual.[3][4] He has two grown-up children.



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