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An imposing, Britain-born player who initially set out to be a dancer, Walker turned to acting after an injury sidelined his career. In the '90s, he appeared on numerous TV series in his homeland before coming to prominence Stateside and earning a CableACE… (more)

Birth Place: London, England

Profession: Dancer, Actor

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Biography

An imposing, Britain-born player who initially set out to be a dancer, Walker turned to acting after an injury sidelined his career. In the '90s, he appeared on numerous TV series in his homeland before coming to prominence Stateside and earning a CableACE Award as a simultaneously sympathetic and scary Muslim leader on the HBO prison series Oz. During his tenure, Walker embodied the equally complex title character in a celebrated, modern-day small-screen adaptation of Othello. Although he occasionally popped up on the big screen, TV remained his primary medium, and in 2006 he landed the plum role of a high-powered attorney on Justice.

Fast Facts

  • His father was from Grenada; his mother was from Trinidad; he was raised in North London.
  • Was inspired to pursue a career in the arts at age 9 after seeing Sidney Poitier in 1967's In the Heat of the Night.
  • Studied social work at the University of North London, but switched concentration to dance, and later joined London's Explosive Dance Theatre Company; a leg operation forced him to give up dancing for acting.
  • Made professional acting debut in 1983's Labelled With Love, a musical based on the songs of British pop band Squeeze.
  • Introduced to U.S. television audiences as Kareem Said in the gritty HBO prison drama Oz.
  • Played John Othello in an updated 2002 version of Shakespeare's Othello that aired as an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.
  • Debuted on Broadway as Marc Antony in the 2005 production of Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington.
  • Portrayed blues singer Howlin' Wolf in 2008's Cadillac Records, about the music produced at Chess Records.

Relationships

  • Sandra Walker — Wife

College

  • Attended University of North London, London, England

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