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Nonso Anozie
Anozie at the premiere of Pan in 2015
Born (1978-11-17) 17 November 1978 (age 45)[1][2]
London, England
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Years active2002–present

Nonso Anozie (/ˈnɒns əˈnzi/ ;[3][4] born 17 November 1978[1][2]) is an English actor. On television, he is known for his roles as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012), R.M. Renfield on the Sky series Dracula (2013), Abraham Kenyatta on the CBS series Zoo (2015–2017), and Tommy Jepperd on the Netflix series Sweet Tooth (2021–2024). For the latter, he won a Children's and Family Emmy Award and was nominated for a BAFTA.

He led the film Cass (2008). His films since include RocknRolla (2008), The Grey (2011), Ender's Game (2013), Cinderella (2015), and Guava Island (2019).

Early life[edit]

Anozie was born on 17 November 1978 in North London to Nigerian Igbo parents.[5][6][7][non-primary source needed][8] Anozie attended St Aloysius College, Highgate. He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2002,[9] 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.[10]


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.[11] Anozie was replaced by Ian McKellen two months before the film was set to be released.[12] 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."[13]

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.[14] 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,[15] and from 2013 to 2014 he played the role of Renfield on the NBC series Dracula.[16]

In November 2014, Anozie was cast in the CBS summer drama Zoo, based on the novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.[17] 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.[18]

In 2019, Anozie portrayed the antagonist, Red, in the Amazon Prime Video film Guava Island, starring Donald Glover and Rihanna.

Personal life[edit]

Anozie has a son, called Micah (b. 5 June 2019) with a former partner.[19][20] He is a practicing Christian.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Last Legion Batiatus
Atonement Frank Mace
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Ezra
Cass Cass Pennant
RocknRolla Tank
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Sergeant Jeffreys
Brighton Rock Dallow
I Am Slave
2011 Conan the Barbarian Artus
The Grey Jackson Burke
2013 Ender's Game Sergeant Dap
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Embee Deng
Get Santa Knuckles
2015 Cinderella Captain of the Guards
Pan Bishop
2018 7 Days in Entebbe Idi Amin
All Is True Actor Playing Aaron
2019 Guava Island Red
The Laundromat Charles
2020 Artemis Fowl Domovoi Butler
Dragon Rider Mighty Djinn (voice)


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
Stolen Thomas Ekoku TV movie
2012 Game of Thrones Xaro Xhoan Daxos 5 episodes
2013 The Bible Samson Episode: "Homeland"
Playhouse Presents Chris Episode: "The Pavement Psychologist"
2013–2014 Dracula R.M. Renfield Main cast; 10 episodes
2015 Tut General Horemheb Miniseries; 3 episodes
Doctor Who Hydroflax (voice) Episode: "The Husbands of River Song"
2015–2017 Zoo Abraham Kenyatta Main cast
2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon TV film
2021–2024 Sweet Tooth Tommy Jepperd Main role
2021–present Ted Lasso Ola Obisanya 3 episodes
2022 The Sandman Wyvern (voice) Episode: "Dream of a Thousand Cats"
Hey Duggee Animal Narrator (voice) Episode: "The Mountain Badge"
2023 The Mandalorian Gorian Shard (voice) 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

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


Award Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Ian Charleson Awards 2004 Best classical stage performances in Britain by actors under age 30 Othello, Cheek by Jowl Won [22]
Children's and Family Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Supporting Performance Sweet Tooth Won [23]
2022 British Academy Television Awards 2022 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor Sweet Tooth Nominated [24]
Children's and Family Emmy Awards 2023 Outstanding Supporting Performance Sweet Tooth Nominated [25]


  1. ^ a b @NonsoAnozie (28 May 2016). "Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes but my birthday is not until November 17th" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Buff, Margot (22 September 2004). "Interview: Nonso Anozie". Prague.tv. Archived from the original on 1 April 2022. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The Powerlist Interviews – Nonso Anozie". Powerful Media. 6 July 2017. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Dracula (NBC): Nonso Anozie "R.M. Renfield" Official TV Interview". ScreenSlam. 15 October 2013. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  5. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (10 May 2012). "British-Nigerian Actor Nonso Anoze ("Game of Thrones") Talks To S&A About Stage, TV & Film Career + More..." Shadow and Act. Indiewire. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Nonso Anozie on Twitter". Retrieved 4 April 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Nonso Anozie". IMDb. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Nonso Anozie – Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  10. ^ "British-Nigerian Actor Nonso Anozie ("Game Of Thrones") Talks To S&A About Stage, TV & Film Career + More…". shadowandact.com. 10 May 2012.
  11. ^ "The Real Iorek". BridgeToTheStars.net. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
  12. ^ "Ian McKellen Voicing Iorek". BridgeToTheStars.net. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
  13. ^ "Kristin Scott Thomas in Golden Compass". Empire. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
  14. ^ "Nonso Anozie cast as Xaro Xhoan Daxos". WinterIsComing.net. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  15. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (21 February 2012). "'Ender's Game' gains three new cast members". The Christian Science Monitor.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (30 January 2013). "NBC's 'Dracula' Series Casts 'Game of Thrones,' 'Merlin' Actors". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (26 November 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Alum Nabs Key Role in CBS' 'Zoo' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  18. ^ "Another Fantasy with Nonso Anozie: The Actor is Back with 'Sweet Tooth'". stuffsthatmatter.com. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  19. ^ Nonso Anozie (16 June 2019). "Happy fathers day to every dad out there! Including me!!! That's right I recently had my first little boy!". Retrieved 18 March 2023 – via Instagram.
  20. ^ Fishwick, Samuel (5 June 2020). "Nonso Anozie: My little boy can see Artemis Fowl and say, there's Daddy!". Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  21. ^ "Interview: Nonso Anozie actor". Church Times. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2023.
  22. ^ "Ian Charleson Awards 2004". westendtheatre.com. Retrieved 30 June 2005.
  23. ^ Matt Webb, Mitovich (1 November 2022). "Emmys: Mysterious Benedict Society, Sneakerella, Heartstopper, Sweet Tooth Lead Children's & Family Nominees". TVLine. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  24. ^ "BAFTA Television 2022: The Winners". bafta.org. 8 May 2022.
  25. ^ Coates, Tyler (2 November 2023). "Children's & Family Emmy Awards: Disney Dominates Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 November 2023.

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