Kingsley Ben-Adir

Kingsley Ben-Adir (born c. 1986/1987) is a British television, film, and stage actor. He has performed in several plays in London theatres. He plays pathologist Marcus Summer in ITV's detective drama Vera and private detective Karim Washington on the second season of the Netflix series The OA.[2][3]

Kingsley Ben-Adir
Born1986/1987 (age 33–34)[1]
Years active2012–present


Ben-Adir attended William Ellis School in Gospel Oak, Northwest London.[citation needed] He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011.[4]


In 2011, Ben-Adir performed in Gillian Slovo's critically acclaimed sell-out play The Riots at the Tricycle Theatre.[5]

In 2012, he played Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

In 2013, he played Borachio in Mark Rylance's production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic in London and also played in God's Property at the Soho Theatre.[6][7]

In 2014, Ben-Adir performed in the play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 at the Bush Theatre in London.[8][9][10] The play received positive reviews.[11]

Ben-Adir plays Sampson in Adam Smith's British crime drama Trespass Against Us starring Michael Fassbender and Sir Tristan "Wet Stick" in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.





  1. ^ de Semlyen, Phil (April 1, 2019). "Introducing Kingsley Ben-Adir – the breakout star of 'The OA' season 2". Time Out.
  2. ^ "Review: Vera, ITV, 8pm Sunday ". The Journal.
  3. ^ "Vera, series six, episode one, review: 'rescued by Blethyn'". The Telegraph, Gerard O'Donovan 31 January 2016
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-05-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ › Arts › Stage › Theatre
  6. ^ "Love and Acceptance in ‘God's Property’". The Platform, Dornett Roachford, March 21, 2013
  7. ^ "God's Property, Soho Theatre - review". Evening Standard, 27 February 2013.
  8. ^ "We Are Proud to Present… review – 'A Pirandellian take on a little-known genocide'". The Guardian. Michael Billington, 5 March 2014
  9. ^ "We Are Proud to Present, theatre review. Bush Theatre, London". The Independent, Paul Taylor 10 March 2014
  10. ^ "We Are Proud To Present… at Bush Theatre takes your breath away". Metro, Siobhan Murphy. Friday 7 Mar 2014
  11. ^ "Review: ‘We Are Proud to present…’". What's On - Africa, March 20, 2014
  12. ^ "Trespass Against Us". 24 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2017 – via
  13. ^ a b "Kingsley Ben-Adir". IMDb. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  14. ^ "New stars coming to ITV's Vera". June 10, 2014 OntheBox .

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