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Babou Ceesay Press Kit

Babou Ceesay trained at the highly respected Oxford School of Drama and shortly after graduation was cast as Malcolm in Max Stafford-Clarks critically acclaimed production of Macbeth, starring Monica Dolan as Lady Macbeth. That same year he went on to star as Billy in the hit feature film Severance, also starring Danny Dyer, Toby Stevens and Tim McInnerny. His role in Severance gained him critical recognition, including being named the “face to watch” by the Independent.

He returned to the stage to appear opposite Andrew Garfield at the award winning National Theatre production The Overwhelming. This earned him a Best Ensemble nomination for the Whats on Stage awards.

Babou started his TV career by appearing in Silent Witness and Law and Order, and as Dr Abdulrazzad in the award winning single drama Whistleblower, based on a true story. After a career break to spend time with his Parents in The Gambia he returned to London to star as Helena in Ed Halls award winning production of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream. He followed this by staring as Doctor Faustus in Present Moments production of the same name.

Babou got his chance to work for the RSC, starring alongside Jeremy Irons in their production of The Gods Weep at the Hampstead Theatre in London. He continued his time on stage appearing in Elektra at the Young Vic the same year.

Babou returned to TV guest starring in Casualty and Luther and playing Henry Bassey in the Shirley Bassey biopic starring Ruth Negga. He also starred in Justin Chadwicks BAFTA award nominated single drama Stolen, about child traffiking to the UK.

This was followed by a return to the stage to appear in the Royal Court Production Bang Bang Bang, where he received critical acclaim for his role as a congolese warlord.

Since then, Babou has co-starred in the BAFTA award winning series Getting On, opposite Jo Brand, and in Strikeback: Vengence for HBO.

Next year he will be starring in two episodes of Lewis, replacing Laurence Fox as his new sidekick, and alongside Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the hugely anticipated Half of a Yellow Sun.

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