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Paapa Essiedu photo portrait

Paapa Essiedu

For the National:


Paapa Essiedu trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


In London’s West End: Pinter One and The Moment Before I am Powerful

Other productions include: Hamlet, King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Mouse and His Child for the RSC; A Number at the Old Vic; Passover at Kiln; The Convert at the Young Vic; Racing Demon at Theatre Royal, Bath; Romeo and Juliet and The School for Scandal for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory; You for Me for You at the Royal Court; Have Mercy on Liverpool Street for Talawa; A Marked Man for HighTide; Black Jesus at the Finborough; Outside on the Street at the Arcola; and Dutchman at the Orange Tree.


Black Earth Rising, Black Mirror, The Lazarus Project, The Capture, Anne Boleyn, Gangs of London, I May Destroy You, Kiri, Press, Revolting, The Miniaturist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Not Safe for Work and Utopia.


Men, Femme and Murder on the Orient Express.

Short film

Canned and The Woman at the Well.


Oliver Twist, Pericles, The Relic, As Innocent as it Gets and Wide Open Spaces.


(Published July 2023. Photograph courtesy of Paapa Essiedu)