Jacob Anderson

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Jacob Anderson
Birth name Jacob Anderson
Also known as Raleigh Ritchie
Born (1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 (age 24)[1]
Bristol, England
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels Columbia
Website raleighritchie.com

Jacob Anderson (born 18 June 1990),[1] also known by his stage name Raleigh Ritchie, is a British actor and singer best known for appearing in the television series Game of Thrones as Grey Worm.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Anderson was born and raised in Bristol, England. In 2013, he moved into a new home with actress Aisling Loftus, whom he had been dating for two years prior.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Anderson played Angelo in the film 4.3.2.1. He starred in the ITV drama series Injustice as a teenager in a youth offender institution.[citation needed] He also had a one-episode guest role on Outnumbered. In 2012 he appeared in an episode of Skins and appeared in the feature film Comedown, co-starring Adulthood‍ '​s Adam Deacon and directed by Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda. Jacob has also featured on the London stage, in plays which include Dunsinane for the RSC, King Lear (with Pete Postlethwaite) at the Young Vic Theatre, and War Horse at the National Theatre. He was seen in the teen slasher film Demons Never Die, playing Ricky, and is currently appearing in the BBC Two comedy Episodes, alongside Matt LeBlanc and Stephen Mangan. In 2012 Anderson was cast for the season 3 of HBO's television series Game of Thrones as Grey Worm, the leader of a group of soldiers called the Unsullied.[1][4] Anderson continues to portray this role into season 4 and season 5[5] Anderson played Dean Thomas, the boyfriend of Chloe Latimer, in ITV drama Broadchurch in 2013.[6]

Music career[edit]

Anderson recorded a song with Plan B which featured on the Adulthood soundtrack, titled "I Need Love". In 2013, Anderson signed to Columbia Records and released a free three-track EP, The Middle Child, under the stage name Raleigh Ritchie. A second EP, Black and Blue, followed in 2014, with a full-length album due later in the year. Anderson's musical influences include Erykah Badu, David Bowie, Jill Scott, The Smiths, and Stevie Wonder.[7] In March 2014, his track "Stronger Than Ever" from Black and Blue was remixed by UK garage producer M. J. Cole and released as a standalone single. "Stronger Than Ever" has been used in television adverts promoting the launch of ITV Encore as well as in montage videos during Sky Sports' coverage of Professional Darts Corporation events, and peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. Raleigh supported George Ezra on his Spring 2015 UK tour.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Doctors Ryan Garvey 1 episode
The Bill Clayton Fortune 1 episode
The Whistleblowers Anthony James 1 episode
2008 Primeval Lucien 1 episode
Casualty Dom Parke 1 episode
Adulthood Omen
Spooks Dean Mitchell 1 episode
2010 Chatroom Si
4.3.2.1 Angelo
2011 Injustice Simon 3 episodes
Outnumbered Chugger 1 episode
Demons Never Die Ricky
2012 Skins Ryan 1 episode
Silent Witness Dave 2 episodes
Episodes Kevin 8 episodes
Comedown Lloyd
Offender Patrick
Beaver Falls Randy 1 episode
2013 The Mimic Steven Coombes 10 episodes
Broadchurch Dean Thomas 6 episodes
2013–present Game of Thrones Grey Worm Recurring Role

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Middle Child
Black and Blue
Black and Blue Point Two

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[8]
"Stronger Than Ever" 2014 30 Black and Blue
"Cuckoo"
(featuring Little Simz)
N/A
"Birthday Girl"
"The Greatest" 2015 TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Games of Thrones Intros New Black Characters". Jet. 1 April 2013. 22-year-old Jacob Anderson will play Grey Worm 
  2. ^ Bustos, Kristina. "Game of Thrones casts Ed Skrein, Jacob Anderson". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Kay, Richard (18 March 2013). "Selfridge star's home accessory". Daily Mail. 
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (20 August 2012). "Game of Thrones casts Daenerys' sexy Stormcrow captain". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ "New prop images from the House of Black and White, actors on set in Split, and more". Watchers on the Wall. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Seale, Jack (19 March 2013). "Broadchurch: who's the killer". Radio Times. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Introducing... Raleigh Ritchie". Newsbeat. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Raleigh Ritchie". Official Charts Company. 

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