Adetomiwa Edun

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Adetomiwa Edun
Born Adetomiwa Edun
1984 (age 32–33)
Lagos, Nigeria
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (B.A., 2008)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000-
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Adetomiwa "Tomiwa" Edun is a British actor of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. He is best known for his roles as Sir Elyan in the television show Merlin and Alex Hunter in the football video game FIFA 17 He also played the role of Mr Brocks in the Doctor Who 2016 Christmas episode, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".

Early life[edit]

Chapel of Eton College

Edun was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Nigerian father and a half-Ghanaian, half-English mother.[1] Edun moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11. He attended Eton College from the age of 13, before reading Classics at Christ's College, Cambridge (University of Cambridge).[1][2][3] In his final year at Christ's College, he won the dissertation prize for his thesis on Homer's Odyssey.[3] His father, a financier, encouraged Edun to enter banking as a career, and he interned with Citigroup.[2] He considered studying for a Master of Philosophy degree, but decided to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) instead.[1]


In 2000, Edun appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as the character Clifford in the show Kassandra by Ivo Stourton.[4] Edun attended RADA, appearing in several productions and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting in 2008.[2][4] Following his graduation from RADA, he played small parts in productions at the Almeida Theatre and the Liverpool Playhouse.[1] He also played Macbeth in a production of the eponymous play by the National Theatre, earning praise for being "charismatic" and a "fine verse speaker".[5][6] In 2009, Edun became only the second black actor to play Romeo at the Globe Theatre when he was cast in Dominic Dromgoole's production of Romeo and Juliet.[2] He also appeared in Slaves, a play by Rex Obano.[2]

Edun has also appeared in several television shows. In 2009, he appeared in an episode of The Fixer, before a role in Law & Order: UK as a soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan.[2] During series three of Merlin, Edun appeared as Elyan in three episodes, and was upgraded to a recurring character in series four. Elyan was killed off during the fifth and final series of Merlin in 2012. In 2011, he appeared in two episodes of The Hour as the character Sey, and reprised the role for three episodes in 2012.

In FIFA 17, Edun assisted the role of the fictional Alex Hunter as part of The Journey, a brand new story-based game mode introduced for this installment.

On Christmas Day 2016, Adetomiwa was the role of Mr Brocks in Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

Personal life[edit]

The name "Edun" has been traced to a family name in Ilorin, Kwara. In addition to English, Edun speaks French and Yoruba.[4]

Through his mother, a daughter of Nana Joe Appiah and Peggy Cripps Appiah, Adetomiwa Edun is a descendant of the British aristocrats Lord Parmoor and Sir Stafford Cripps and the Ghanaian royals Asantehene Osei Tutu and Nana Yao Anthony of Nyaduom.

He is currently the boyfriend of the actress Oona Chaplin.


List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Fixer Young Guy
2010 Law & Order: UK Lloyd Benson Episode: Shaken
2010–2012 Merlin Sir Elyan Recurring character
2011–2012 The Hour Sey 5 episodes
2015 Bates Motel Marcus Young 4 episodes
2016 Lucifer 2Vile
2016 Death in Paradise Ellery Wallace Episode 5.2
2016 Doctor Who: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" Mr Brock Christmas Special


List of video game performances
Year Game Role Notes
2016 FIFA 17 Alex Hunter Recurring role in "The Journey" game mode.


  1. ^ a b c d Rajul, Amol (30 April 2009). "Adetomiwa Edun: A Romeo to die for". The Independent. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gilbert, Gerard (7 November 2010). "Right on cue: Meet the new generation of hot young British actors taking the world by storm". The Independent. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Adetomiwa Edun (m. 2002)". Christ's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Adetomiwa Edun". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Elkin, Susan (12 February 2009). "Macbeth". The Stage. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Heart, Gwen (3 January 2010). "The incredible Romeo and he is... black". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 

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