Was an athlete training six days per week in preparation for the 400m dash, but abandoned that goal in order to pursue his acting career on a full-time basis.
Studied at Identity School of Acting, the U.K.'s first black drama school, founded by Femi Oguns, and is professionally represented by Oguns through Identity Agency Group.
Starred in Vivienne Franzmann's acclaimed stage production Mogadishu as Jason, a role that earned him a spot on the shortlist for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2011.
In 2013, was named by Screen International as a U.K. Screen Star of Tomorrow.
Was handpicked by LeVar Burton, the actor who played Kunta Kinte in the original 1977 Roots miniseries, to inherit the role for the 2016 remake.
Is also a rapper and poet, who performs and works as an artistic associate with the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, a music-theater production company that was founded by British rapper Akala with the help of Sir Ian McKellan.