Michael Obiora

Michael Obiora (born 8 October 1986) is a British actor and writer.

Michael Obiora
Born (1986-10-08) 8 October 1986
OccupationActor, Writer
Years active1996–present

Life and career

Obiora was born on 8 October 1986 in north-west London, England, to Nigerian-Igbo parents. As a six-year-old, Obiora was determined to become an entertainer like his idol Michael Jackson, and his mother enrolled him in drama lessons.[1]

At the age of nine, he became the youngest actor to have appeared in Grange Hill; he played Max Abassi on the programme for five years.

Just before his 18th birthday Obiora landed a role playing the part of Gunner Jackson Clarke, a soldier in ITV's eight-part series Bombshell, starring opposite Footballers Wives star Zöe Lucker. Shortly after filming Bombshell, Obirora started a seven-month run in the play Elmina's Kitchen, written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, at the Garrick Theatre. He also had a role in the stage play Exclude Me, completing a successful 11-week run on stage at The Chelsea Theatre, and lead roles in the play Fallout at the Royal Court Theatre and Badnuff at The Soho Theatre.

Obiora has had television roles in My Family, Judge John Deed, Misfits, Sea of Souls, ITV1's Afterlife , Doctor Who ("Blink"), Doctors, Powers, The Bill and Holby City. He was in four episodes of EastEnders, the first episode airing on 11 June 2009, in which he played playboy footballer, Ellis Prince.

Obiora played receptionist Ben Trueman in the BBC One drama series Hotel Babylon,[2] which was cancelled after its fourth series. He joined the cast of the long-running BAFTA winning medical drama Casualty for its 26th season playing the part of Lloyd Asike, a nurse. He spent two years on the show.[3] Michael was part of an international ensemble that formed the cast of Sky Atlantic's 2015 epic eleven-part crime thriller, Fortitude. On 18 January 2017 Obiora made an appearance in Midsomer Murders on Itv as Oliver Marcet in the episode "Red in Tooth and Claw"

Personal life

Michael married his long-term partner in a beach wedding ceremony on 20 September 2014 in the Seychelles. Obiora is a sports and fitness enthusiast and is a keen Arsenal fan. He has written a novel, Black Shoes, that was released in e-book format in 2009.[1] Michael published his second novel Vivian's Couch in November 2014.

In 2008 he was diagnosed with celiac disease and has thus had to control his diet.[4]


Year Show Role
1998–2002 Grange Hill Max Abassi
2002 Doctors Adam Charlton
2003 The Bill Nathan Morley
2003 Holby City Perry Green
2004 Sea of Souls Lucas
2004 Powers Tyrone Lewis
2004 My Family Jack
2005 Judge John Deed Jez Balfe
2006 Bombshell Gunner Jackson Clark
2006 Afterlife Terence Olivets
2006–2009 Hotel Babylon Ben Trueman
2007 Doctor Who DI Billy Shipton
2007 The MOBOS Himself; Guest Presenter
2007 Children in Need Ben Trueman
2008 Big Brothers Big Mouth Himself
2008 Nuts TV Himself
2008 - 2015 The Wright Stuff Himself; Guest Panelist
2008 Soccer AM Himself
2008 Ready Steady Cook Himself; Contestant
2008 Breakfast Himself
2009 - 2015 OH TV Himself; Guest Panelist
2009 Celebrity MasterChef Himself
2009 EastEnders Ellis
2009 Misfits Detective Pete
2011 Lethal Andrew
2011–2013 Casualty Lloyd Asike
2015 Fortitude Max Cordero
2015, 2019 Luther Errol Minty
2018 Tomb Raider Baxter

See also


  1. Lovejoy, Tim; Louise Redknapp and Simon Rimmer. (28 June 2009). Something for the Weekend (Television production). BBC 2.
  2. Morris, Davina (22 February 2006). "'It's Great Acting Gay'". Voice. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  3. "New Nurses For BBC's Casualty". ATV Today. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  4. Briggs, Helen (9 July 2009). "Hotel Babylon star on coeliac disease". BBC News. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
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