Michael Obiora

IntroBritish actor and writer
Is Actor 
Stage actor 
From United Kingdom 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Birth 8 October 1986 
, North London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age34 years

Michael Obiora (born 8 October 1986, north London, England) is an English actor and writer.


Michael Obiora was born on 8 October 1986 in north-west London to Nigerian-Igbo parents. As a six-year-old, Obiora was determined to become an entertainer like his idol Michael Jackson and his mother enrolled him in drama lessons.

At the age of nine, he became the youngest actor to have appeared in Grange Hill; he played Max Abassi on the programme for five years.

Just before his 18th birthday Obiora landed a role playing the part of Gunner Jackson Clarke, a soldier in ITV’s eight-part series Bombshell, starring opposite Footballers Wives star Zöe Lucker. Shortly after filming Bombshell, Obirora started a seven-month run in the play Elmina’s Kitchen, written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, at the Garrick Theatre. He also had a role in the stage play Exclude Me, completing a successful 11-week run on stage at The Chelsea Theatre, and lead roles in the play Fallout at the Royal Court Theatre and Badnuff at The Soho Theatre.

Obiora has had television roles in My Family, Judge John Deed, Misfits, Sea of Souls, ITV1’s Afterlife , Doctor Who, Doctors, Powers, The Bill and Holby City. He was in four episodes of EastEnders, the first episode airing on 11 June 2009, in which he played playboy footballer, Ellis Prince.

Obiora played receptionist Ben Trueman in the BBC One drama series Hotel Babylon, which was cancelled after its fourth series. He joined the cast of the long-running BAFTA winning medical drama Casualty for its 26th season playing the part of Lloyd Asike, a nurse. He spent two years on the show.Michael was part of an international ensemble that formed the cast of Sky Atlantic’s 2015 epic eleven-part crime thriller, Fortitude.On January 18th 2017 Obiora made an appearance in Midsomer Murders on Itv as Oliver Marcet in the episode “Red in Tooth and Claw”

Personal life

Michael married his long-term partner in a beach wedding ceremony on 20 September 2014 in her native the Seychelles. Obiora is a sports and fitness enthusiast and is a keen Arsenal fan. He has written a novel, Black Shoes, that was released in e-book format in 2009.Michael published his second novel Vivian’s Couch in November 2014. For years Obiora suffered from debilitating stomach pains and extreme fatigue, which caused his speech to slur and often hampered his work. In 2008 he was diagnosed with celiac disease and has thus had to control his diet.


1998–2002Grange HillMax Abassi
2002DoctorsAdam Charlton
2003The BillNathan Morley
2003Holby CityPerry Green
2004Sea of SoulsLucas
2004PowersTyrone Lewis
2004My FamilyJack
2005Judge John DeedJez Balfe
2006BombshellGunner Jackson Clark
2006AfterlifeTerence Olivets
2006–2009Hotel BabylonBen Trueman
2007Doctor WhoDI Billy Shipton
2007The MOBOSHimself; Guest Presenter
2007Children in NeedBen Trueman
2008Big Brothers Big MouthHimself
2008Nuts TVHimself
2008 – 2015The Wright StuffHimself; Guest Panelist
2008Soccer AMHimself
2008Ready Steady CookHimself; Contestant
2009 – 2015OH TVHimself; Guest Panelist
2009Celebrity MasterChefHimself
2009MisfitsDetective Pete
2011–2013CasualtyLloyd Asike
2015FortitudeMax Cordero
2015LutherErrol Minty