Adepo interviewed about Fences in 2016
|Born||1988 (age 30–31)|
Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England
|Alma mater||Bowie State University|
|Home town||Maryland, 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
Adepo was born in 1988 in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. His mother, from London, is of Nigerian descent. 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. 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. He has a younger sister, Macayla.
|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
|2020||The Violent Heart||Daniel||Filming|
|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|
- "The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel" (PDF). Robey Theatre Company. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- 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.
- Brown, Emma (December 20, 2016). "THE SCENE STEALER". Interview Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2017.