DeObia Oparei

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DeObia Oparei (also credited as Dhobi Oparei and Deobia Operei) is a London born[citation needed] 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, Australia. 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".[1]


Year Title Role Notes
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. ^ Michael Billington, "Crazyblackmuthafuckin'self, Royal Court Theatre, London | Stage", The Guardian, 4 December 2002. Retrieved 2012-10-28.

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