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Jacob Basil Anderson (born 18 June 1990) is a British actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. As an actor, he is known for his role as Grey Worm in the television series Game of Thrones, and his recurring appearances in the first seasons of Episodes and Broadchurch.[2] As a musician, he uses the alias Raleigh Ritchie (named after his favorite characters from The Royal Tenenbaums); his debut album, You're a Man Now, Boy, was a soul and trip hop album released in 2016 to positive reviews.

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Anderson at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Jacob Basil Anderson

(1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 (age 29)[1]
Bristol, England
Other namesRaleigh Ritchie
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer
Years active2007–present
Musical career
Associated actsStormzy

Early and personal lifeEdit

Anderson was born and raised in Bristol, England. His father is of Afro-Caribbean descent.[3] At the age of 17, Anderson moved to London in order to launch his music career.[4]

In December 2018, Anderson married actress Aisling Loftus.[5]

Acting careerEdit

Anderson played Angelo in the film He starred in the ITV drama series Injustice as Simon, a teenager in a youth offender institution.[6] He also had a one-episode guest role on Outnumbered. He also appeared in an episode of Skins, and appeared in the feature film Comedown, co-starring Adulthood's Adam Deacon and directed by Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda. Anderson featured in various plays, including Dunsinane for the RSC, King Lear (with Pete Postlethwaite) at the Young Vic Theatre, and War Horse at the National Theatre. He was seen in the teen slasher film Demons Never Die, playing Ricky, and appeared in the BBC Two comedy Episodes, alongside Matt LeBlanc and Stephen Mangan.

In 2012, Anderson was cast for the third season of HBO's television series Game of Thrones as Grey Worm, the leader of the Unsullied.[1][7] Anderson continued to portray this role through season 4, season 5, season 6, season 7 and season 8.[8] He played Dean Thomas, the boyfriend of Chloe Latimer, on the ITV drama Broadchurch in 2013.[9]

Music careerEdit

2005–09: Early careerEdit

In 2006, Anderson was featured as a vocalist on Typesun's "The PL". They released another track in 2007, titled "Let Me Know." Anderson recorded a song with Plan B, which was featured on the Adulthood soundtrack, titled "Plan B".

2010–present: You're a Man Now, BoyEdit

In 2013, Anderson signed to Columbia Records, and released a free three-track EP, The Middle Child, under the stage name Raleigh Ritchie. A second EP, Black and Blue, followed in 2014.

Anderson's musical influences include Erykah Badu, David Bowie, Jill Scott, The Smiths, and Stevie Wonder.[10] He attributes the inspiration for many of the songs on "Black and Blue" to time spent with his older brother, Alfie Anderson, and his younger cousin Matan Inbar-Hansen, on family trips to California. In March 2014, his track "Stronger Than Ever" from Black and Blue was remixed by UK garage producer M. J. Cole and released as a standalone single; it debuted in the Official Singles Chart at number thirty. "Stronger Than Ever" has been used in television adverts promoting the launch of ITV Encore, as well as in montage videos during Sky Sports' coverage of Professional Darts Corporation events. The song peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. Anderson supported George Ezra on his Spring 2015 UK tour.[11]

His debut album, You're a Man Now, Boy, was released on 26 February 2016; it debuted on the Official Albums Chart, peaking at number thirty-two, but left the charts the following week due to low sales.

He also featured on Stormzy's debut album Gang Signs & Prayer track 13 – "Don't Cry For Me" which was released on 24 February 2017.




Year Title Role Notes
2008 Adulthood Omen
2010 Chatroom Si
2010 Angelo
2011 Demons Never Die Ricky
2012 Comedown Lloyd
2012 Offender Patrick
2018 Overlord Private Charlie Dawson


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Doctors Ryan Garvey Episode: "Social Disease"
2007 The Bill Clayton Fortune Episode: "Code of Silence"
2007 The Whistleblowers Anthony James Episode: "No Child Left Behind"
2008 Primeval Lucien Episode: "#2.4"
2008 Casualty Dom Parke Episode: "Diamond Dogs"
2008 Spooks Dean Mitchell Episode: "#7.6"
2011 Injustice Simon 3 episodes
2011 Outnumbered Chugger Episode: "#4.2"
2012 Skins Ryan Episode: "Mini"
2012 Silent Witness Dave 2 episodes
2012 Episodes Kevin 8 episodes
2012 Beaver Falls Randy Episode: "#2.2"
2013–2014 The Mimic Steven Coombs 10 episodes
2013–2019 Game of Thrones Grey Worm 33 episodes
2013 Broadchurch Dean Thomas 6 episodes
2019 Saturday Night Live Himself Cameo, episode: "Paul Rudd/DJ Khaled"


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Chicken Shop Date Himself Episode: "Chicken Shop Date with Raleigh Ritchie"
2016–2017 Game Grumps Himself 4 episodes
2017 Jack & Dean Of All Trades Marcus Rose Episode: "Librarians"

Awards and nominationsEdit

MOBO AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2014 Raleigh Ritchie Best Newcomer Nominated [12]

Screen Actors Guild AwardEdit

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2015 Game of Thrones Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [13]
2017 Nominated [14]

Urban Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2016 Raleigh Ritchie Best Newcomer Nominated [15]


  1. ^ a b "Games of Thrones Intros New Black Characters". Jet. 1 April 2013. 22-year-old Jacob Anderson will play Grey Worm
  2. ^ Bustos, Kristina. "Game of Thrones casts Ed Skrein, Jacob Anderson". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ Wintle, Angela (4 March 2017). "Raleigh Ritchie: my family values". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ Debnath, Neela (17 February 2015). "Raleigh Ritchie: Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson talks about". The Independent.
  5. ^ Instagram
  6. ^ Jacob Anderson as Simon.
  7. ^ Hibberd, James (20 August 2012). "Game of Thrones casts Daenerys' sexy Stormcrow captain". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ "New prop images from the House of Black and White, actors on set in Split, and more". Watchers on the Wall. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  9. ^ Seale, Jack (19 March 2013). "Broadchurch: who's the killer". Radio Times. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Introducing... Raleigh Ritchie". Newsbeat. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  11. ^ "George E Z R A on Twitter". Twitter.
  12. ^ "Winners 2015 [holding page]".
  13. ^ "Nominees Announced for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®".
  14. ^ Nolfi, Joey (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
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