Jacob Anderson

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Jacob Anderson
Raleigh Ritchie at Birmingham (cropped).jpg
Anderson performing in Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2015.
Background information
Birth name Jacob Basil Anderson
Also known as Raleigh Ritchie
Born (1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 (age 27)[1]
Bristol, England
Occupation(s) Actor, singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts The Internet
Website raleighritchie.com

Jacob Basil Anderson (born 18 June 1990) is an English actor, singer, and songwriter. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Grey Worm in the television series Game of Thrones, and his recurring appearances in the first seasons of Episodes and Broadchurch.[2] As a musician, he uses the alias Raleigh Ritchie; his debut album, You're a Man Now, Boy, was released in 2016 to very positive reviews.

Early and personal life[edit]

Anderson was born and raised in Bristol, England. His father is of Afro-Caribbean descent.[3] At the age of 17, Anderson moved to London in order to launch his music career.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Anderson played Angelo in the film He starred in the ITV drama series Injustice as Simon, a teenager in a youth offender institution.[5] He also had a one-episode guest role on Outnumbered. He also appeared in an episode of Skins, and appeared in the feature film Comedown, co-starring Adulthood's Adam Deacon and directed by Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda. Jacob has also featured in various plays, including Dunsinane for the RSC, King Lear (with Pete Postlethwaite) at the Young Vic Theatre, and War Horse at the National Theatre. He was seen in the teen slasher film Demons Never Die, playing Ricky, and is currently appearing in the BBC Two comedy Episodes, alongside Matt LeBlanc and Stephen Mangan.

In 2012, Anderson was cast for the third season of HBO's television series Game of Thrones as Grey Worm, the leader of the Unsullied.[1][6] Anderson continues to portray this role through season 4, season 5, and season 6.[7] Anderson played Dean Thomas, the boyfriend of Chloe Latimer, on the ITV drama Broadchurch in 2013.[8]

Music career[edit]

In 2006, Anderson was featured as a vocalist on Typesun's "The PL". They released another track in 2007, titled "Let Me Know." Anderson recorded a song with Plan B, which was featured on the Adulthood soundtrack, titled "I Need Love." In 2013, Anderson signed to Columbia Records, and released a free three-track EP, The Middle Child, under the stage name Raleigh Ritchie. A second EP, Black and Blue, followed in 2014.

Anderson's musical influences include Erykah Badu, David Bowie, Jill Scott, The Smiths, and Stevie Wonder.[9] He attributes the inspiration for many of the songs on his first album, "Black and Blue" to time spent with his older brother, Alfie Anderson, and his younger cousin Matan Inbar-Hansen, on family trips to California. In March 2014, his track "Stronger Than Ever" from Black and Blue was remixed by UK garage producer M. J. Cole and released as a standalone single. "Stronger Than Ever" has been used in television adverts promoting the launch of ITV Encore, as well as in montage videos during Sky Sports' coverage of Professional Darts Corporation events. The song peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. Anderson supported George Ezra on his Spring 2015 UK tour.[10]

His debut album, You're a Man Now, Boy, was released February 26, 2016.




Year Title Role Notes
2008 Adulthood Omen
2010 Chatroom Si
2010 Angelo
2011 Demons Never Die Ricky
2012 Comedown Lloyd
2012 Offender Patrick


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Doctors Ryan Garvey Episode: "Social Disease"
2007 The Bill Clayton Fortune Episode: "Code of Silence"
2007 The Whistleblowers Anthony James Episode: "No Child Left Behind"
2008 Primeval Lucien Episode: "#2.4"
2008 Casualty Dom Parke Episode: "Diamond Dogs"
2008 Spooks Dean Mitchell Episode: "#7.6"
2011 Injustice Simon 3 episodes
2011 Outnumbered Chugger Episode: "#4.2"
2012 Skins Ryan Episode: "Mini"
2012 Silent Witness Dave 2 episodes
2012 Episodes Kevin 8 episodes
2012 Beaver Falls Randy Episode: "#2.2"
2013–2014 The Mimic Steven Coombs Series Regular; 10 episodes
2013–present Game of Thrones Grey Worm Recurring
2013 Broadchurch Dean Thomas 6 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Chicken Shop Date Himself 1 episode
2016-2017 Game Grumps Himself 4 episodes
2017 Jack & Dean Of All Trades Marcus Rose Episode: "Librarians"

Awards and nominations[edit]

MOBO Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2014 Raleigh Ritchie Best Newcomer Nominated [11]

Screen Actors Guild Award[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2015 Game of Thrones Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [12]
2017 Nominated [13]

Urban Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2016 Raleigh Ritchie Best Newcomer Nominated [14]


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