Emmanuel Akintunde

Emmanuel Akintunde

Actor in London, United Kingdom

About Emmanuel

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."

Twitter: @AkintundeEA

Name: Emmanuel Akintunde

Lives in: London, England

Occupation: Actor


  • 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


  • Silver Shores

    Silver Shores (2012)
    Theater by New Slang Productions/Tian Glasgow Olamilekan [Lekan] (Lead)

  • Seconds from disaster 6: Black Hawk Down

    Seconds from disaster 6: Black Hawk Down (2012)
    Television by Darlow Smithson/Gareth Johnson Abdal (Somali)

  • Cardinal Burns

    Cardinal Burns (2011)
    Television by Left Bank Pictures/Ben Taylor Somalian pirate

  • Studies

    Studies (2011)
    Film by Sarah Dobai Emmanuel

  • World War Z

    World War Z (2011)
    Film by High command productions Ltd/Marc Foster Zombie

  • GLASVEGAS: Euphoria: Take My Hand

    GLASVEGAS: Euphoria: Take My Hand (2011)
    Music by Archer's Mark/Jamie Roberts Slim boy (Lead)

  • Ruined

    Ruined (2010)
    Theater by Almeida Theatre/Indhu Rubasingham Ensemble (Rebel Soldier/Government soldier/miner)

  • McDonalds Mcflurry: The Van

    McDonalds Mcflurry: The Van (2010)
    Commercial by Leo Burnett/Tasha & Tanya Office manager

  • We Speak Your Language

    We Speak Your Language (2010)
    Commercial by Balfor Legal/Davinder Bal Chinese speaking executive

  • AYUMI HAMASAKI: "Microphone" & "Sexy Little Things"

    AYUMI HAMASAKI: "Microphone" & "Sexy Little Things" (2010)
    Music by LOVE/Muto Masashi Drummer

  • LYNX - Optimus Prime

    LYNX - Optimus Prime (2010)
    Internet by Irresistible Films/Rob Kaplan African

  • Through My Eyes

    Through My Eyes (2010)
    Voice-over by Esselle Media/Mohamed Osman Kamara David

  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
    Film by Dagger of Time Ltd/Mike Newell Amar's Race Patron

  • Love & Money

    Love & Money (2010)
    Film by Bedroom Genius/Tunji Faronbi Spencer

  • Another Biafra

    Another Biafra (2010)
    Theater by Tales from the motherland/Anthony Abuah Inok


  • New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (New York, NY)

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