Jovan Adepo

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Jovan Adepo
Jovan Adepo FENCES Interview.jpg
Adepo interviewed about Fences in 2016
Born1988 (age 30–31)
Alma materBowie State University
Years active2012–present
Home townMaryland, U.S.

Jovan Adepo is an English-born American actor. He is best known for playing Michael Murphy in the HBO television series The Leftovers and for his role as Cory Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson's play, Fences (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Adepo was born in 1988 in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. His mother, from London, is of Nigerian descent.[1] His father, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, is African-American. Raised in Waldorf, Maryland, he acted in school and church plays. He attended college at Bowie State University in Maryland, receiving his B.A. in political science and philosophy. In 2011, he moved to Los Angeles to become a writer. To make ends meet, he took acting classes in order to book commercials. Here, he grew an interest in becoming an actor. Adepo studied acting under the tutelage of a variety of notable instructors, including Dianne Hull of the Actors Studio.[2] Through church in Maryland he met Viola Davis's older sister, who helped him get in contact with Davis. It was Davis who put Adepo on the path to studying the right techniques, seeing plays, and reading as many plays as he could.[3][4] He has a younger sister, Macayla.



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Fences Cory Maxson Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2017 Mother! Cupbearer
2018 Overlord Boyce
2020 The Violent Heart Daniel Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2015–2017 The Leftovers Michael Murphy 11 episodes
2016 NCIS: Los Angeles Emmanuel Salim Episode: "Revenge Deferred"
2018 Sorry for Your Loss Danny Greer Main cast
2019 Jack Ryan Marcus Main cast
2019 Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons Lionel Jefferson Special
2019 When They See Us Antron McCray Miniseries


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  2. ^ "The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel" (PDF). Robey Theatre Company. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Oller, Jacob (December 23, 2016). ""We're Making It Music." An Interview with Fences Stars Jovan Adepo and Stephen Henderson". FilmSchoolRejects. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Brown, Emma (December 20, 2016). "THE SCENE STEALER". Interview Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2017.

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