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      O.T. Fagbenle

      O.T. Fagbenle

      Highest Rated: 89% Looking: The Movie (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 79% Black Widow (2021)

      Birthday: Jan 22, 1981

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      An award-winning stage performer in his native England, actor O.T. Fagbenle also proved to be a versatile presence in features and on television, most notably in the HBO series "Looking" (2014-16), Sky1's crime series "The Five" (2016- ) and the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" (2017- ). Born Olatunde Olateju Olaolorun Fagbenle on January 22, 1981 in London, England, he was the son of British and Nigerian parents and with his brother, actor and producer Luti Fagbenle, spent much of his childhood between homes in London, Spain and Nigeria. During this period, he was trained on the alto saxophone and played with a variety of groups, including the South Coast Jazz Band, at major venues like the Royal Albert Hall. Fagbenle added acting to his list of interests in his teenaged years, and landed his first stage role at 16 in a Nigerian production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth." The experienced convinced him to pursue acting as his true calling, and after training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he made his professional debut in a 2001 production of "Les Blancs" at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England. The stage would remain his primary showcase for the next few years, most notably productions of "Porgy and Bess" in London's west and John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," which earned a Best Actor Award from the Manchester Evening News in 2004. Fagbenle also appeared in guest roles on several television series before making his feature film debut in Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering" (2006) opposite Jude Law and Juliette Binoche. Subsequent screen appearances included Amy Heckerling's comedy "I Could Never Be Your Woman" (2007) and the American web series "Quarterlife" (NBC, 2008), which allowed him to create original songs for his role as a professional musician; Fagbenle also played the real-life Walter Tull, the first mixed-race officer in the British Army, in the 2008 BBC production "Walter's War," and co-starred in the Lifetime feature "Double Wedding" (2010) before returning to the English stage. There, he earned an Off West End nomination for a 2012 production of "The Conquest of the South Pole, but soon returned to television and film, most notably on the HBO series "Looking," and as the star of the BBC crime drama "The Interceptor" (2015). Between these projects, Fagbenle also wrote and directed a pair of short films, "Big Bad Blood" (2013) and "MOTH (Man of the House)" (2014), then returning to television in a starring role as a detective on the trail of a long-missing friend on "The Five." In the midst of this busy schedule, Fagbenle found time to give an Olivier Award-winning performance in a production of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at the Royal National Theatre in 2016. The following year, he joined Elisabeth Moss as a series regular on "The Handmaid's Tale," adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood.

      Highest rated movies

      Looking: The Movie Black Widow

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      O.T. Fagbenle O-T Fagbenle at arrivals for THE HANDMAID''S TALE Screening Premiere on HULU, ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA April 25, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Looking, from left: O T Fagbenle, Frankie Alvarez, Jonathan Groff, Raul Castillo, 'Looking in the Mirror', Season 1, Ep. #6, 02/23/2014, ©HBO Looking, O T Fagbenle (L), Frankie Alvarez (R), 'Looking for Now', Season 1, Ep. #1, 01/19/2014, ©HBO Looking, O T Fagbenle, 'Looking for a Plus-One', Season 1, Ep. #7, 03/02/2014, ©HBO

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      79% 91% Black Widow Mason (Character) $183.6M 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet NW Felix (Character) - 2016
      89% 81% Looking: The Movie Frank (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MOTH (Man of the House) Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2014
      No Score Yet 53% Double Wedding Tate (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 11% The Reeds Nick (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All My Dreams on VHS James (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Radio Cape Cod Sunday Umankwe (Character) - 2008

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Presumed Innocent Nico Della Guardia (Character) 2024
      83% 58% Loot Isaac (Guest Star) 2024
      83% 57% The Handmaid's Tale Luke (Character) 2017-2019 2021-2022
      41% 56% The First Lady Barack Obama (Character) 2022
      82% 99% Maxxx Maxx (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Director,
      Writer
      2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 78% The Five Danny (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interceptor Ash (Character) 2015
      76% 84% Happy Endings Adrian (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Boys Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doctor Who Confidential Unknown (Guest Star) 2008