Actor and Writer
Michael Obiora was born in North-West London to Nigerian parents. At ten years old he landed a lead part in the hit children’s school drama Grange Hill.
He went on to appear in such programmes as Sea of Souls, Judge John Deed, Dr Who, Afterlife, The BAFTA award winning Misfits and My Family. His stage work includes the lead roles in the award-winning plays Fallout at the Royal Court Theatre and Elmina’s Kitchen at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.
It is for his roles as flamboyant receptionist ‘Ben Trueman’ in BBC1’s smash hit Hotel Babylon, and ‘Lloyd Asike’ in long-running BAFTA award winning medical drama Casualty that Michael is best known. Recent television projects include Sky Atlantic’s twelve-part crime thriller Fortitude.
Michael was twenty-two years old when his debut novel Black Shoes was published in 2009. Michael’s second novel Vivian’s Couch was published in 2014.
Michael is a keen Arsenal fan, enjoys travelling, food, and an eclectic mix of music. He lives in London with his wife.
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