DeObia Oparei

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DeObia Oparei
Born (1971-07-07) 7 July 1971 (age 49)
Years active1992–present

DeObia Oparei (born 7 July 1971) is an English actor and playwright. He is best known for his roles as the Gunner in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and as Thundarian in Your Highness (2011).

Early life[edit]

Oparei was born in Hackney, London, England on 7 July 1971, to parents of Nigerian ancestry.[1]


Oparei began his career working for various British theatre companies, like The Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Youth Theatre.[2] Oparei's film debut was a small supporting role in Alien 3. After playing the lead role of American playwright John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, Oparei scored his next supporting film role, as "Le Chocolat", in the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge!. In 1993, he appeared in an episode of the popular British television series Minder as 'Winston', a worker for Arthur Daley

Oparei is also a playwright. His first play, Crazyblackmuthafuckin'self, a dramedy about race, sexuality and identity, opened to critical acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre. The Guardian's Michael Billington described the play as "wild, raunchy and funny".[3]

In 2015, Oparei joined the cast of the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones in its fifth season, portraying the character Areo Hotah.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Alien 3 Arthur
1998 Dark City Train Passenger
2001 Moulin Rouge! Le Chocolat
2002 Dirty Pretty Things Mini-Cab Driver
2002 The Four Feathers Idris-Es-Saier
2003 The Foreigner Richard
2004 Thunderbirds Mullion
2005 7 Seconds Spanky Direct-to-video
Credited as Dhobi Oparei
2005 Doom Sergeant Gannon "Destroyer" Roark
2009 Thick as Thieves Rawls
2009 Green Street 2: Stand Your Ground Derrick Jackson Direct-to-video
2010 Mr. Nice Tee Bone Taylor
2010 Death Race 2 Big Bill
2010 The Presence Woodsman
2011 Your Highness Thundarian
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Gunner
2012 Dredd TJ the Paramedic
2013 Tula: The Revolt Hacha
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Dikembe Umbutu
2019 Dumbo Rongo
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Gromm Credited as Deobia Oparei


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Blood Rights Winston
1990 Medics King Episode: "Iraj"
1992 Between the Lines Ruby Episode: "Nothing Personal"
1993 Minder Winston Episode: "Cars and Pints and Pains"
1998 Wildside Bernice
1998 Trial & Retribution DC Palmer
2002 Holby City Dave Whellan Episode: "Hearts and Minds"
2015 Proof Mr. Oumandi 2 episodes
2015–2016 Game of Thrones Areo Hotah 6 episodes
2017 Emerald City Sullivan Episode: "Mistress - New - Mistress"
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Loki Hayes 2 episodes
2017 The Orville Captain Vorak Episode: "About a Girl"
2019 Sex Education Mr. Effiong


  • "Full list of Film, Television and Stage credits". Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  1. ^ "DeObia Oparei". Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ "interview | deobia oparei". Schön! Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ Michael Billington (4 December 2002). "Crazyblackmuthafuckin'self, Royal Court Theatre, London | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones season five cast announced at Comic Con!". Watchers On The Wall. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.

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