Jacob Scipio

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Jacob Scipio
Jacob Muntaz Scipio[1]

10 January 1993
Islington, London, England[1]

Jacob Muntaz Scipio (born 10 January 1993) is an English actor and writer from London. In 2020, he played villain Armando Aretas in the action comedy Bad Boys for Life, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

In 2016, Scipio co-founded CPO Productions.[citation needed] In that time he has written and starred in "The Writers Group" (2018) and "Cowboys & Angels" (2016), short films that premiered at the Cannes Court Métrage and London screenings at the British Film Institute.[citation needed]

Scipio's acting career started in television with leading roles in Some Girls (BBC),[2] As the Bell Rings (Disney) and White Teeth (Channel 4).[3]

Education, early life and career[edit]

Scipio was born in Islington, London, England, and has Guyanese and English ancestry.[4] Scipio attended St. Michael's Church of England Primary School in Highgate, then continued his studies at Fortismere School in Muswell Hill, going on to complete his education at the University of Essex where he was awarded with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Literature.

Scipio's acting career began when he landed his first role at the age of 9 months in an episode of the Screen One series entitled Bambino Mio, playing the adopted son of Julie Walters. Throughout his studies he continued to act, starring in a number of lead roles in television, film and theatre, including the Channel 4 adaptation of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, where at aged 10 he played the roles of twin brothers ‘Millat’ and ‘Magid’. He continued to act, appearing in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I as ‘Prince Chulalongkorn’ opposite Elaine Paige at the London Palladium.

Film and television career[edit]

In 2008, Scipio played the role of Bip in the second series of As the Bell Rings. His next role came in the form of the 'Kerwhizzitor' in the popular CBeebies show Kerwhizz,[5] where he hosts the show then comments on the race. Scipio then went on to star in the 2012 Life In My Shoes production Undefeated, a HIV awareness campaign that was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.[6] In 2013 he played the role of 'Tyler Blaine' in the second series of the hit BBC Three comedy Some Girls. Other roles include 'Lewis' in CBBC's "Dixi", and 'Thomas Hillmorton', a Shakespearean ghost in "Dani's Castle" which aired on 1 September 2015. which was released in 2014 [7]

Voice-over work[edit]

Jacob voices the character Leo in the British version on Mattel's 2015 series of Bob the Builder. He has also voiced commercially for brands including Coca-Cola, 7UP, Snickers, Mars, Toyota and is also the voice of the SYFY channel.[8]


  1. ^ a b https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVH3-L6WG
  2. ^ "Series 1, Some Girls - Tyler Blaine - BBC Three". BBC. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ "Masterpiece Theatre | White Teeth | Story Synopsis". mpt-legacy.wgbhdigital.org. Archived from the original on 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/12/bad-boys-for-life-jacob-scipio-paola-nunez-sony-sequel-1202523860/
  5. ^ "- CBeebies". BBC. Archived from the original on 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  6. ^ "Life in my Shoes".
  7. ^ "BBC Three - Some Girls, Series 1 - Tyler Blaine". BBC.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-01-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)