Nonso Anozie

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Nonso Anozie
Nonso Anozie at the Pan Premiere (cropped).jpg
Nonso Anozie at the Pan film première
Born Chukwunonso Nwachukwu Anozie
(1979-05-28) May 28, 1979 (age 37)
Camden, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active c. 2002 - Present
Known for Game of Thrones (season 2)

Chukwunonso Nwachukwu "Nonso" Anozie is a British actor who has worked on stage, film, and television. He is best known for his role as Tank in RocknRolla, Seargent Dap in Ender's Game, Abraham Kenyatta in Zoo, and Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.

Life and career[edit]

Anozie was born in Camden, London, England, of Nigerian descent, Igbo to be precise.[1][2] He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2002,[3] and in the summer of the same year he played the title role in William Shakespeare's King Lear, and won the Ian Charleson Award in 2004 for his performance in Othello.

Anozie was hired in 2006 to provide the voice for the armoured bear Iorek Byrnison in the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's Northern Lights.[4] Anozie was replaced by Ian McKellen two months before the film was set to be released.[5] The film's director, Chris Weitz, told Empire: "It was a studio decision ... You can understand why you would cast Ian McKellen for anything. But letting go of Nonso was one of the most painful experiences on this movie for me. I need to say about Nonso that he is one of the most promising and soulful young actors I have encountered in England and I've worked here for quite a bit now and he's actually in the next Mike Leigh [film] ... But it was, uh, that was kind of a dark day for me. I kinda wanna go out of my way to point out how much I love Nonso's work. And that's that."[6]

Anozie played small roles as Think Tank in Guy Ritchie's film RocknRolla and Frank Mace in Joe Wright's Atonement. He played the lead in Cass a 2008 British crime drama film recreating the life of Cass Pennant. In 2009, he appeared in the supporting cast of the BBC TV three-part 2003 Iraq War drama, Occupation, where he played a US Marine turned private military contractor. In 2011, he played Artus, a Zamoran pirate and close friend of Conan, in Conan the Barbarian. That year, he was also cast to play the role of Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO series Game of Thrones and was cast as Jackson Burke in The Grey.[7] He also plays the role of Samson in the History Channel's television miniseries The Bible. In 2013, Anozie appeared in the film Ender's Game as Sergeant Dap,[8] and from 2013 to 2014 he played the role of Renfield on the NBC series Dracula.[9]

In November 2014, Anozie was cast in the CBS summer drama Zoo, based on the novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.[10] Zoo premiered on 30 June 2015.

Anozie's radio work includes the role of Joe in the 2011 BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial production of Edna Ferber's Show Boat.



Year Title Role
2007 The Last Legion Batiatus
2007 Atonement Frank Mace
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Ezra
2008 Cass Cass Pennant
2008 RocknRolla Tank
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Sergeant Jeffreys
2010 Brighton Rock Dallow
2010 I Am Slave
2011 Conan the Barbarian Artus
2011 The Grey Jackson Burke
2013 Ender's Game Sergeant Dap
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Embee Deng
2014 Get Santa Knuckles
2015 Cinderella Captain of the Guards
2015 Pan Bishop

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 The Golden Compass Ionek
2011 Brink Captain Clinton Mokoena
2013 Remember Me
2015 Dirty Bomb Rhino, Sawbonez


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act Robert Episode: "Part 1"
2009 Occupation Erik Lester 3 episodes
2011 Outcasts Elijah 1 episode
2011 Stolen Thomas Ekoku TV Movie
2012 Game of Thrones Xaro Xhoan Daxos 5 episodes
2013 The Bible Samson Episode: "Homeland"
2013 Playhouse Presents Chris Episode: "The Pavement Psychologist"
2013–2014 Dracula R.M. Renfield Main Cast
2015–present Zoo Abraham Kenyatta Main Cast
2015 Tut General Horemheb Main Cast
2015 Doctor Who Hydroflax Episode: "The Husbands of River Song"
2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon TV Movie


  1. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (10 May 2012). "British-Nigerian Actor Nonso Anozie ("Game of Thrones") Talks To S&A About Stage, TV & Film Career + More...". Shadow and Act. Indiewire. 
  2. ^ Jury, Louise (29 November 2013). "Actor Nonso Anozie: 'I'm playing the original superhero in blockbuster series The Bible'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nonso Anozie - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Real Iorek". Retrieved 10 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Ian McKellen Voicing Iorek". Retrieved 10 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Kristin Scott Thomas in Golden Compass". Empire. Retrieved 10 November 2007. 
  7. ^ "Nonso Anozie cast as Xaro Xhoan Daxos". Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (21 February 2012). "'Ender's Game' gains three new cast members". The Christian Science Monitor. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (30 January 2013). "NBC's 'Dracula' Series Casts 'Game of Thrones,' 'Merlin' Actors". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 26, 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Alum Nabs Key Role in CBS' 'Zoo' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 

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