Akai Osei

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Akai Osei
Born Akai Milan Osei-Mansfield
(1999-04-12) April 12, 1999 (age 19)
Lambeth, London
Residence London
Nationality British
Occupation actor, dancer, rapper, singer
Years active 2010–present
Family Jennifer Osei (mother)
Rico Mansfield (father)
Ashanti Osei-Mansfield (sister)

Akai Osei (born 12 April 1999) is a British actor, dancer and musician best known for winning the first series of Got to Dance in 2010.[1] It is reported that he was inspired by Michael Jackson, Diversity, Flawless and Chris Brown. Akai joined the acting scene shortly after winning Got to Dance. He appears in the film StreetDance 3D alongside Diversity, George Sampson and Flawless, and its sequel StreetDance 2.[2]

Osei also appeared in Boy Blue Entertainment's street dance hip hop show Pied Piper – A Hip-Hop Dance Revolution. Osei appeared in the music video for the N-Dubz song "We Dance On" in 2010, which was the main song on the soundtrack for the film StreetDance 3D. He also appeared in an advert for Ministry of Sound Street Dance 2010 CD.

Osei has joined the cast of Into the Hoods.[3] Osei also appeared on Blue Peter in mid 2010. Osei also featured in annual dance show "Streets Ahead" in London 2010 which featured many dance crews and schools including Peridot. He is featured in Wretch 32's song Unorthodox featuring Example. He is seen dancing on a rooftop.

In July 2011, Akai was a judge on a talent show on Disney Channel called "Shake It Up Dance Dance".[4] His most recent work was starring in CBBC's 4 O'Clock Club playing Josh's cousin, Nero. From Series 4 to Series 7, he stars as the show's main character as to previously being a series regular in the third series. His character left in the fourth episode of the seventh series.

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Whats Cooking? Guest/Himself Season 1 Episode 61
2014–2015 Friday Download (Series 8) Himself Presenter (Season 8 + 9)
2014–2018 4 O'Clock Club Nero Johnson Series Regular (Series 3)
Main Role (Series 4 to 7)
2014 4 O'Clock Files Nero Johnson Regular
2016 Horrible Histories: Gory Games (Series 4) Himself Contestant[5]
2017 Drunk History King Charles II Season 3 Episode 8

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 StreetDance 3D Dancing Kid in Shopping Mall
2011 Horrid Henry: The Movie Talent Show Contestant
2012 StreetDance 2 Junior
2013 All Stars Jaden Lead Role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Award Result Notes Citation
2011 Honorary Award Young Achiever Award BEFFTA Won
2014 4 O'Clock Club Best Children's Performer BAFTA Nominated Role: Nero Johnson [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akai: I've got 100,000". The Sun. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Streetdance 3D premieres in London". ITN. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "News: Akai joins Into the Hoods". londondance.com. 30 April 2010.
  4. ^ Akai face of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up: Dance, Dance competition. allstreetdance.co.uk. 8 July 2011
  5. ^ "Celebrity Special, Series 3, HH: Gory Games Play Along - Credits - BBC - CBBC". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Nominations Announced: British Academy Children's Awards". www.bafta.org. Retrieved 21 November 2017.