David Ajala

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David Ajala
David Ajala by Gage Skidmore.jpg
David Ajala at San Diego Comic-Con 2019
Born (1986-05-21) 21 May 1986 (age 33)
Years active2006–present

David Ajala (born 21 May 1986) is a British actor. He portrays Manchester Black in Supergirl and Captain Roy Eris in Nightflyers. In October 2019, he joined the regular cast of season three of Star Trek: Discovery.[1]

Early life[edit]

David Ajala was born in Hackney, London.[2] His mother and father are also actors.[3] He trained at the Anna Scher Theatre. In an interview for Interview Magazine David Ajala said "When I went to secondary school, my maths teacher said I had way too much energy and was too mischievous. He tried to convince me that if I did acting, I'd be popular with the girls".[2]


On stage Ajala has performed in Nation, A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hamlet,[3] and as Jim Brown in the European premiere of Kemp Powers' One Night in Miami.[4]

In film, his first part was in Kidulthood, and he also appears in the sequels, Adulthood[2] and Brotherhood;[5] he has also appeared in The Dark Knight[3] and in major roles in Starred Up[2] and the 2016 Seekers.[5] On TV he has appeared in many series including Doctor Who[3] and in major roles in Black Box, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, Nightflyers, and Falling Water.[6]

Sean 'Mac' McAlister, a character from 2017 video game Need for Speed Payback, is voiced by him.

Ajala has appeared as Keith in the BBC Radio 4 dramas Burned To Nothing (2011)[7] and Felix in The Price of Oil: Someone's Making A Killing In Nigeria both by Rex Obano.[8]

In 2018 Ajala was cast in season 4 of Supergirl, portraying Manchester Black.[9]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Kidulthood Desmond Uncredited
2008 Adulthood Desmond
2008 The Dark Knight Bounty Hunter
2010 Winter Sun Guy Short film
2010 Following Footsteps Christopher Knight
2011 One Day Floor Manager
2011 Spirit Terror Short film
2012 Payback Season Baron
2012 Illegal Activity Edward Short film
2012 Offender Kelvin
2012 Sentenced Served Marvin Short film
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Ivory
2013 Starred Up Tyrone
2013 Breakthrough Henry Short film
2014 Queen of Diamonds Bench Guy Short film
2014 Emulsion Jeff
2015 Jupiter Ascending Ibis
2015 He Works the Long Nights Short film
2016 Seekers Amadu Short film
2016 Kill Command Drifter
2016 Brotherhood Detective Desmond 'BUDS' Lynch
2017 The Art of Love Anthony Short film
2017 Support Chris Short film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dream Team Sean Campbell Main cast
2008 The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury Steve Episode: "Technology Bytes"
2008 The Bill Lenny Jones Episode: "Beth Undercover"
2008 Trexx and Flipside Flipside Main cast
2009 Hamlet Reynaldo / Dumbshow Poisoner TV Movie
2010 Doctor Who Peter Episode: "The Beast Below"
2011 Silent Witness Mark Blakefield 2 episodes
2011 Coming Up Malachi Episode: "Micah"
2011 Misfits Private Investigator 1 episode
2012 Monroe Max Portas 1 episode
2013 Death in Paradise Louis Nelson Episode: "Murder on the Plantation"
2013 Black Mirror Jeff Carter Episode: "The Waldo Moment"
2013 Law & Order: UK Gavin Dale 2 episodes
2014 Black Box Will Van Renseller Main cast
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Rate Miniseries
2016 Hooten & the Lady Dawit Episode: "Ethiopia"
2016 The Break Episode: "System Cycle"
2016-2018 Falling Water Burton Main cast
2018 Nightflyers Roy Eris Main cast
2018-2019 Supergirl Manchester Black Recurring
2019 Urban Myths The Burglar Episode: "Grace Under Pressure"
Video game roles
Year Title Role
2017 Mass Effect: Andromeda Additional voices
2017 Need for Speed: Payback Sean 'Mac' McAlister


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (July 20, 2019). "'Star Trek: Discovery': David Ajala Joins Season 3 Of CBS All Access Series". www.deadline.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Emma Brown (1 May 2014). "Discovery: David Ajala". Interview. Archived from the original on 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rising Brit actor David Ajala talks Dr Who and Hollywood". Flavour Magazine. 16 February 2010. Archived from the original on 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  4. ^ Vincent Dowd (11 October 2016). "Muhammad Ali play puts icons of black America on stage". BBC. Archived from the original on 28 January 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Watch: Clare-Hope Ashitey & David Ajala Star in London-Set Short Drama-Thriller, 'Seekers'". Shadow and Act. 3 July 2016. Archived from the original on 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (June 23, 2015). "David Ajala To Star In USA Pilot 'Falling Water'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 1, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Burned to Nothing, Afternoon Drama - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Archived from the original on 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  8. ^ "Someone's Making a Killing in Nigeria, The Price of Oil, Drama - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Archived from the original on 2018-10-14. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  9. ^ "See David Ajala As Manchester Black In New 'Supergirl' Photo". Heroic Hollywood. 2018-10-30. Archived from the original on 2018-11-21. Retrieved 2018-11-21.

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