DeObia Oparei

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DeObia Oparei
Born (1971-12-07) 7 December 1971 (age 47)
Years active1992–present

DeObia Oparei (born 7 December 1971), also credited as Deobia Operei, 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 December 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]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Dumbo Rongo
Sex Education Mr. Effiong TV series
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Loki Hayes
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Dikembe Umbutu
2015–2016 Game of Thrones Areo Hotah 6 episodes, TV series
2013 Tula: The Revolt Hacha
2012 Dredd TJ the Paramedic
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Gunner
Your Highness Thundarian
2010 The Presence Woodsman
Death Race 2 Big Bill
Mr. Nice Tee Bone Taylor
2005 Doom Sergeant Gannon "Destroyer" Roark
2004 Thunderbirds Mullion
2003 The Foreigner Richard
2002 The Four Feathers Idris-Es-Saier
2001 Moulin Rouge! Le Chocolat
1992 Alien 3 Arthur


  • "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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