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.
- 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.
- Sandra Walker — Wife
- Attended University of North London, London, England
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- Birth Place: London, England
- Profession: Dancer, Actor