Danny Sapani

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Danny Sapani
Born15 November 1970 (1970-11-15) (age 48)
London, England

Danny Sapani (born 15 November 1970) is a British actor of Ghanaian descent.[1] He is best known for appearing in Misfits, Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful, The Crown, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther.

Early life[edit]

Sapani was born in London, one of six children of immigrant Ghanaian parents. He was raised in Hackney, and first pursued his interest in acting at the Weekend Arts College in Kentish Town.[2] He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[3]


Sapani appeared in Danny Boyle's film Trance. His stage credits include August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone and Radio Golf, Errol John's Caribbean classic Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and The National Theatre production of Euripides' Medea. He has also acted in the 2013 Tamil action film, Singam II as an international drug lord.[4] His TV roles include appearances on Misfits, Ultimate Force and Blackout, while his television guest appearances include Judge John Deed and the Doctor Who episode "A Good Man Goes to War." as Colonel Manton. For the first two seasons, Sapani played the role of Sembene in Showtime's Penny Dreadful.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Tip of My Tongue Dave's mate Short film
2001 Hotel AJ
2002 Pissboy Carl Short film
2002 Anansi Adolph
2003 Song for a Raggy Boy Preston
2008 The Oxford Murders Scott
2009 Perfect Ike Short film
2009 Bucco Blanco Zak Short film
2010 The Last Jazz Musician Van Hellier Short film
2011 Mercenaries Ambassador
2012 Hard Boiled Sweets Leroy
2012 Tezz Train Driver David
2012 Parking Wars Imam Short film
2013 Trance Nate
2013 Singam II Danny Tamil
2016 The Siege of Jadotville Moise Tshombe
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Medical Frigate Captain
2018 Black Panther Border Tribe Elder
2018 Tarakasura Kalinga Kannada


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Bill Leon Davies Episode: "Getting Through"
1993 Between the Lines Steve Coogan Episode: "Crack Up"
1997 Casualty Walker Bennett Episode: "Treasure"
1997 Richard II Bagot Television movie
1998 Trial & Retribution Nicky Burton 2 episodes
2000 Fish Peter Cookson 6 episodes
2001 Holby City Craig Sefton Episode: "Family Ties"
2001 Judge John Deed Johnny Latymer Episode: "Appropriate Response"
2002–05 Ultimate Force Cpl. Ricky Man 13 episodes
2003 Serious and Organized D.I. Dennis Clifton 6 episodes
2003 In Deep Davies 2 episodes
2005 Holby City Kumi Griffin Episode: "Tuesday's Child"
2005 Little Britain Derek Episode: "#3.2"
2006 Blue Murder Gavin Busby Episode: "In Deep"
2007 The Bill Oscar Daniels 7 episodes
2008 Place of Execution Keith Slocombe 3 episodes
2009–11 Misfits Tony Morecombe 3 episodes
2010 Garrow's Law Gustavus Vassa Episode: "#2.1"
2011 Doctor Who Colonel Manton Episode: "A Good Man Goes to War"
2011 Casualty Paul Caffrey Episode: "Mea Culpa"
2011 The Jury DI Scott Episode: "#2.2"
2011 Shirley Bobo Television movie
2011 Documental Buzzy Television movie
2012 Blackout Detective Griffin 2 episodes
2012 The Fear Wes 4 episodes
2014–15 Penny Dreadful Sembene 17 episodes
2015 The Bastard Executioner Berber the Moor 9 episodes
2017 Chewing Gum Marlon Episode: "Road Trip"
2017 Broken Daniel Martin 2 episodes
2017 Harlots William North 7 episodes
2017 The Crown Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Episode: "Dear Mrs. Kennedy"


  1. ^ Danny Sapani. Dannysapani.com. Retrieved on 6 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Interview with Danny Sapani". Flavour Magazine. 5 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Where Are They Now?" (PDF). Central School of Speech and Drama. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  4. ^ 'Singam 2' latest teaser. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (5 June 2013). Retrieved on 6 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Danny Sapani Plays 'Sembene' - A "Mysterious" Man From The "Dark Continent" In Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful". Indiewire. 29 April 2014.

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