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Kobna Holdbrook-Smith photo portrait

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

For the National:

For the National: The EffectEdward II, NT 50, Antigone and Death and the King’s Horseman


In London’s West End: TINA: The Tina Turner Musical and Hamlet.

Other productions include: The Low Road at the Royal Court; Feast, The Changeling, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, A Respectable Wedding and The Water Engine (also Theatre 503) at the Young Vic; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the Arcola; Detaining Justice, Seize the Day, Category B, Fabulation, Gem of the Ocean, Walk Hard – Talk Loud and The Playboy of the West Indies at the Tricycle; 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover at the Bush; Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Manchester Royal Exchange; and Mother Courage and Her Children at Nottingham Playhouse and on tour.


Holby City, His Dark Materials, The Split, Ragdoll, Red Election, motherland, Dark Heart, Class, Capital, The Last Panthers, Frankie, The Cafe, Sirens, Sorry I’ve Got No Head, Taking the Flak, Harry and Paul, Star Stories, The Bill, Pulling, Little Britain, Mike Bassett, Casualty, and Judge John Deed.


Wonka, The Gorge, Mary Poppins Returns, Gwen, Ghost Stories, Paddington 2, Justice League, The Commuter, Doctor Strange, Worricker Trilogy and The Double.


Judas, The Left Hand of Darkness, Stonehenge, What Would Elizabeth Bennet Do?, Direct Red, Final Demands, Moby Dick, Ob’owa, The Patience of Mr Job, The Black Bono, Abi Hour, Bigipedia and Dr No.


Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, Whispers Underground, Broken Homes, Foxglove Summer, The Furthest Station, The Hanging Tree, Lies Sleeping, False Value, Amongst Our Weapons, Mordew, Malarkoi and The Memory of Love.


TINA: The Tina Turner Musical – Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Manchester Evening News Best Actor nomination


(Published July 2023. Photograph by Faye Thomas)