1. He is best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost, and Simon Adebisi on Oz.
2. His more recent roles include Malko and Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.
3. Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK.
4. He is fluent in several languages, including Yoruba, Italian, and Swahili.
5. He can “get along” in a few other languages, including French. When he was only six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury.
6. His foster father made a living as a lorry driver and struggled to support the family financially.
7. When he was eight years old, his biological parents brought him back to Nigeria but, as he was unable to speak the Yoruba language and forbidden by his parents to speak English, he was returned to Tilbury shortly thereafter.
8. The brief exposure to Nigeria left him struggling to reconcile his heritage with the distinctly English culture and environment he was raised in.
9. As a teenager facing a cultural identity crisis, he joined a local skinhead gang in order to escape racial persecution at their hands.
10. At 16 years old, having become a violent thief, his foster parents sent him to a boarding school in Surrey where he ultimately attempted suicide before coming to terms with his background and turning his life around.
11. While a university student, Akinnuoye-Agbaje worked in a clothes shop where he was introduced to the world of modeling.
12. His modeling career eventually led him to Hollywood, where he began his acting career with a 1995 role in Congo.
13. In 2009, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was in talks with Marvel Studios to play the superhero Black Panther in a proposed film of the same name.
14. Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also stated that he will be directing a film about his life story.