Actor Paul Ogola played Jela in the Netflix series Sense 8 and he also appeared in "Nairobi Half Life" an award winning film. The Kenyan born actor first started performing in a church based group called Galaxy players. On turning professional Paul had many roles in the Kenyan National Theatre including "Heart Strings Kenya" and landed his first major role in "Nairobi Law". This was quickly followed by the award winning "Nairobi Half Life" (2012) directed by David "Tosh" Gitonga where he played the gangster role of Mose and recently in the Netflix series Sense 8. Born on August 20 1990, in Nairobi Kenya, Paul is starting to attract attention internationally with the global success of Sense 8 created by J Michael Straczynski, Andy & Lana Wachowski the makers of the Matrix Trilogy . Paul plays the role of Jela the conductor with Capheus (Aml Ameen) as the matatu driver, shot solely in Kenya. Sense 8 first series was shot in various city locations including London, Nairobi, Berlin, Chicago and Mexico City with the second series scheduled to commence shooting in early 2016.
Name: Paul Ogola
Lives in: Houston, Texas
Unique traits: Versatile
Television (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Actor Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will (Smith), Riley (Middleton), Capheus (Ameen), Sun (Bae), Lito (Silvestre), Kala (Desai), Wolfgang (Riemelt), and Nomi (Clayton). Each individual is from a different culture and part of the world. In the aftermath of a tragic death they all experience through what they perceive as dreams or visions, they suddenly find themselves growing mentally and emotionally connected. While trying to figure how and why this connection happened and what it means, a mysterious man named Jonas tries to help the eight. Meanwhile, another stranger called Whispers attempts to hunt them down, using the same sensate power to gain full access to a sensate's mind (thoughts/sight) after looking into their eyes. Each episode reflects the views of the characters interacting with each other while delving deeper into their backgrounds and what sets them apart and brings them together with the others. Written by Soumik Ghosh
Film (Drama) Actor A young woman with no memory of her life or death, is helped with assimilation to the afterlife by a ghost.
Film (Short and Drama) Actor Heartshot is a short film directed by Alexander Ikawah for the 48 Hour Film Festival Nairobi 2015
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Stories of Our Lives
Film (Drama) Actor A collection of five vignettes about Kenya's LGBT community.
Nairobi Half Life
Film (Drama) Actor A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity.