Emmanuel Akintunde is a NYCDA trained British actor. He moved to the UK in 1994 where he grew up in London. He attended St Dunstan College, London between the age of 11-17 where he had his first taste of acting, playing numerous roles including the 'Little Beggar Boy' in school play Arabian Nights.
His acting career started as most actors did, as an extra on UK and international shows/films. Whilst doing this, his zeal and passion for acting were re-ignited. He landed a role in Prince of Persia:The Sands of Time as 'Amar's Race Patron', although this was a very small role. He was invited to audition for the prestigious New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) in Manhattan, New York. He was chosen out of a select few to attend the school on a scholarship. In 2009, Emmanuel travelled stateside to have his first formal acting training alongside Matthew Morrison's acting coach, Pete Mattaliano amongst notables working actively in the entertainment industry.
Upon his return to the UK, he got his first agent and started working as a professional actor. He's been privileged to work with likes of Lucian Msamati and Pippa Bennett-Warner in Ruined at the Almeida Theatre and landed the role of 'Inok' in Another Biafra at the Cockpit Theatre. Between the years of 2009/10, Akintunde became a familiar face in the McDonald's McFlurry commercial and his appearance as Ayumi Hamasaki's drummer on her promo videos 'Microphone' and 'Sexy Little Things' propelled his recognition in Japan! In 2011, he was cast in Colombia/Sony Entertainment signed GLASVEGAS in the music video 'Euphoria: Take My Hand'. In the same year, he was awarded a Gathering of Africa's Best (GAB) Award for his contributions towards the promotion of the positive image of Africa and Africans around the world through Entertainment at the 13th Annual GAB Awards ceremony and was also recognised as a Powerlist Future Leader, where he was named one of UK's top 100 black graduates for 2011/12.
He received positive reviews from critics playing 'Olamilekan' in Tian Glasgow's debut play Silver Shores in London's West End Tristan Bates Theatre with Keji Dalemo from Afridiziak saying "Emmanuel Akintunde delivers a charming performance as Lekan...." and Callie Swarbrick from the British Theatre Guide saying "...Akintunde's performance is also notable - his desperate innocence is touching and you really buy into his confusion at his captors' strange methods and devices."
Name: Emmanuel Akintunde
Lives in: London, England
Gathering of Africa's Best (GAB) Award for contributions towards to the promotion of the positive image of Africa and Africans around the world through Entertainment
Powerlist Future Leader 2011/12
Theater by New Slang Productions/Tian Glasgow Olamilekan [Lekan] (Lead)
Seconds from disaster 6: Black Hawk Down
Television by Darlow Smithson/Gareth Johnson Abdal (Somali)
Television by Left Bank Pictures/Ben Taylor Somalian pirate
Film by Sarah Dobai Emmanuel
World War Z
Film by High command productions Ltd/Marc Foster Zombie
GLASVEGAS: Euphoria: Take My Hand
Music by Archer's Mark/Jamie Roberts Slim boy (Lead)
Theater by Almeida Theatre/Indhu Rubasingham Ensemble (Rebel Soldier/Government soldier/miner)
McDonalds Mcflurry: The Van
Commercial by Leo Burnett/Tasha & Tanya Office manager
We Speak Your Language
Commercial by Balfor Legal/Davinder Bal Chinese speaking executive
AYUMI HAMASAKI: "Microphone" & "Sexy Little Things"
Music by LOVE/Muto Masashi Drummer
LYNX - Optimus Prime
Internet by Irresistible Films/Rob Kaplan African
Through My Eyes
Voice-over by Esselle Media/Mohamed Osman Kamara David
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Film by Dagger of Time Ltd/Mike Newell Amar's Race Patron
Love & Money
Film by Bedroom Genius/Tunji Faronbi Spencer
Theater by Tales from the motherland/Anthony Abuah Inok
New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (New York, NY)