- Parents immigrated to London from Ghana.
- Grew up in the Hackney section of East London.
- Played Macheath in The Beggar's New Clothes, a reimagining of The Beggar's Opera, in London in 1993.
- Played the title role of Macbeth in a 2004 touring production directed by Max Stafford-Clark.
- Appeared in the Young Vic's 2010 production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone, opposite Delroy Lindo.