Olufemi Temitope Ogunsanwo MBE (born 28 October 1977), known as Femi Oguns, is a prominent British agent and former actor who founded Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group.[1][2]

Femi Oguns

Olufemi Temitope Ogunsanwo

(1977-10-28) 28 October 1977 (age 46)
OccupationCEO of Identity Agency Group & Identity School of Acting

Background edit

Femi Oguns obtained a joint honours degree in Race and Culture and Performing Arts at university, after previously attending drama school. It was here he drew on personal experience and longed to create a drama school which would give actors of all ethnicities the platform to express themselves to their fullest, and so founded Identity School of Acting in October 2003.[3]

Oguns' achievements have led to a series of high-profile commendations; in 2010 he was named as a UK Film Council Breakthrough Brit in the fields of Acting and Writing. In 2014, Oguns was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to the acting industry,[4][5] and in 2017 he was the first agent in the UK to be awarded with a special jury prize by the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for his contribution to the British film industry.[6] He has also been named on Powerful Media's Powerlist of the top 100 most influential figures of African/Caribbean descent, having made the top 100 in both the 2020 and 2021 editions.[7][8]

Early career edit

As an actor, Oguns has featured in a number of award-winning dramas in both television and film. His credits include: Strange (BBC), Take my Heart Dogma (Channel 4), the BAFTA nominated Prime Suspect (ITV), feature film La Chinoise for FilmFour, feature film Last Chance Harvey opposite Dustin Hoffman, and Ron Howard's The Good Lie with Reese Witherspoon.

Oguns has also carved out a successful career in the field of writing, where his debut play Torn received the MSVA Award for Best Stage Production 2008. Torn included Wil Johnson, Kéllé Bryan, Antonia Okonma, Richard Hollis, Michelle Asante, and Brooke Kinsella. The success of Torn caught the attention of the Royal National Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre where Oguns developed his second play, Sponge.

Identity School and Agency edit

Identity School of Acting was founded by Oguns and provides acting training, specializing in minority actors and has demonstrated some success.[9] Founded in 2006, Identity Agency Group (IAG) is an acting agency.

In 2011 IAG US division was formed, merging with some of the top agencies and management companies in the United States, representing clients both in the UK and North America. IAG Los Angeles is now working in partnership with the likes of WME, UTA, Gersh, and ICM to name but a few.

Some of IAG's clients include:

References edit

  1. ^ Laughland, Oliver (25 February 2012). "From Hackney to Hollywood: the stars of an all-black drama school". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  2. ^ Sherwin, Adam (3 January 2016). "The agent whose black British actors are causing waves across Hollywood". The Independent. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  3. ^ "From Hackney to Hollywood: the stars of an all-black drama school". the Guardian. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Hackney actor Olufemi Ogunsanwo made MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list". Hackney Citizen. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  5. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b22.
  6. ^ "Femi Oguns MBE · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". BIFA · British Independent Film Awards. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  7. ^ Mills, Kelly-Ann (25 October 2019). "Raheem Sterling joins Meghan and Stormzy in top 100 most influential black Brits". mirror. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  8. ^ Lavender, Jane (17 November 2020). "Lewis Hamilton ends incredible year top of influential Black Powerlist 2021". mirror. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  9. ^ Rose, Steve (24 May 2016). "Malachi Kirby on remaking Roots: 'I could feel the pain, hear the screams'" – via The Guardian.

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