Chukwudi Iwuji

Chukwudi Iwuji

Chukwudi Iwuji is a Nigerian actor and playwright, renowned for his roles as Akoni in “John Wick: Chapter 2,” Clemson Murn in the TV series “Peacemaker,” and The High Evolutionary in the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” He has also been honored with an OBIE Award for his outstanding performance in the play “The Low Road.”

What we know about this person

Full name:

Chukwudi Iwuji

Date of birth:

October 15, 1975

Zodiac sign:

Libra

Birthplace:

Nigeria

Age:

48

Citizenship:

Nigeria

Marital status:

Married to Angela Travino

Height:

5' 10" (1.77 m)

Occupation:

actor, screenwriter

Early life

Born on October 15, 1975, in Nigeria, Chukwudi Iwuji grew up in a diplomatic family with four siblings. When he was ten, his family relocated to Ethiopia before eventually settling in England. At twelve, Iwuji attended Caterham, a private boarding school in Surrey, England, where he made history as the school’s first black prefect.

Completing his education at Caterham in 1993, Chukwudi pursued higher education in the United States, enrolling at Yale University where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in economics. During his early years, he furthered his theatrical education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s professional theater training program, earning a Master of Fine Arts in drama.

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Chukwudi Iwuji in Peacemaker

Career

Chukwudi Iwuji’s career took a significant turn after he returned to England, where, starting in 2001, he frequently took to the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He starred in several of their productions, notably playing the title roles in the “Henry VI” trilogy, earning an Olivier Award for his performance. Additionally, Iwuji portrayed Fenton in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and Aufidius in the Shakespearean tragedy “Coriolanus.”

Iwuji made his television debut in 2005, appearing in four episodes of the Irish series “Proof,” and also featured in an episode of the British series “Casualty” that year. Despite these roles being minor and not very prominent, Iwuji remained deeply engaged in theater work.

Beyond the Royal Shakespeare Company, Iwuji collaborated with numerous other prestigious theaters. He performed at the Royal National Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland, Donmar Warehouse, and the Old Vic Theatre. After relocating permanently to the United States, he continued his stage career at venues such as the Delacorte Theater and on Broadway.

Iwuji’s first major film role came in 2009 with the thriller “Exam.” He subsequently became a fixture on various television shows. In 2011, he guest-starred in two episodes of the beloved sci-fi series “Doctor Who.” Over the following five years, he appeared in episodes of “Wizards vs Aliens,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Blindspot.”

In 2017, Iwuji was featured in “John Wick: Chapter 2,” alongside Keanu Reeves. The following year, he played a significant role in 18 episodes of the legal drama “The Split” with Nicola Walker, Fiona Button, and Annabel Scholey. Also in 2018, Iwuji joined the cast of “King Lear,” portraying the King of France alongside notable actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Florence Pugh, Tobias Menzies, and Jim Broadbent.

In 2019, Iwuji appeared as a lawyer in two episodes of the dramatic miniseries “When They See Us.” However, his career reached a new peak in 2022 when he was cast in a leading role in the series “Peacemaker.” Iwuji creatively developed his own character’s backstory for the series, as his character was not present in the original comics that inspired the show.

Chukwudi Iwuji Movies and TV Shows

  • 2023

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    The High Evolutionary

  • 2022

    Peacemaker

    Clemson Murn / Ik Nobe Lok

  • 2019

    Daniel Isn’t Real

    Braun

  • 2019

    Dynasty

    Landon

  • 2018

    Quantico

    Dante Warrick

  • 2017

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    Akoni

  • 2016

    Madam Secretary

    Hadi Bangote

  • 2016

    Blindspot

    Oscar’s Friend

  • 2011

    Doctor Who

    Carl

  • 2009

    Exam

    Black

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Chukwudi Iwuji as High Evolutionary in Guardians of the Galaxy

Chukwudi Iwuji’s personal life and family

In the rare instances when Chukwudi Iwuji shares details about his private life, he typically steers clear of personal topics. His spouse, Angela Travino, is involved in the arts as a theater actress, dancer, and singer. The pair started their relationship in 2015, decided to engage in 2018, and exchanged vows in 2020. Angela’s precise age remains undisclosed, although she is known to be younger than Iwuji. Both are deeply committed to their professional pursuits, hence starting a family is not their immediate concern.

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Chukwudi Iwuji in Doctor Who

Chukwudi Iwuji now

Chukwudi Iwuji remains a dynamic figure in the entertainment industry, engaging in several new ventures. His latest notable appearance was in the 2023 release of the superhero blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” In this installment, Iwuji portrays the significant role of the antagonist, the High Evolutionary. During the production, he collaborated with well-known actors such as Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, and Will Poulter.

Published: May 7, 2024
Updated: May 30, 2024
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