DeObia Oparei

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DeObia Oparei (also credited as Dhobi Oparei and Deobia Operei) is a London born[1] actor and playwright perhaps best known for his role as the Gunner in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and as Thundarian in Your Highness.

Oparei's acting career in the early 1990s included minor television roles. He spent the mid-1990s performing as a dancer, street performer, stripper, actor, writer and drag queen in Sydney. In platform heels, he stands 7 feet tall. He returned to the UK towards the end of the '90s, and was cast in his first major film role as Le Chocolat in Moulin Rouge! in 2001.

He wrote a play, Crazyblackmuthafuckin'self, which was performed in 2002 at London's prestigious Royal Court Theatre; Oparei also acted in the play. The Guardian's Michael Billington described the play as "wild, raunchy and funny".[2]

In 2015 he will join the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 5 as Areo Hotah.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Game of Thrones Areo Hotah TV series
2012 Dredd TJ the Paramedic
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Gunner
Your Highness Thundarian
2010 Death Race 2 Big Bill
The Presence Woodsman Minor role
Mr. Nice Tee Bone Taylor
2005 Doom Sergeant Roark "Destroyer" Gannon
2004 Thunderbirds Mullion
2002 The Four Feathers Idris-Es-Saier Minor role
2001 Moulin Rouge! Le Chocolat
1992 Alien 3 Arthur


  1. ^ "Deobia Oparei". Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Michael Billington (4 December 2002). "Crazyblackmuthafuckin'self, Royal Court Theatre, London | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Game of Thrones season five cast announced at Comic Con!". Watchers On The Wall. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

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