Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Birth name Adewale Rotimi O.C.E. Akinnuoye Agbaje
Born August 22, 1967 in Islington, London, England, UK
Sometimes credited as Adewalé
Notable Roles Oz: Simon Adebisi
Lost: Eko
Notable Episodes
Awards 1 SAG TV Award
1 IVy Award

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor. He notably played the role of Eko on ABC's Lost.



Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (pronounced ADD-EH-WALLY AKIN-YU-OH-YAY AG-BAH-JAY) was born on August 22, 1967 in London, England. He was raised in England, along with his four sisters, after his parents moved from Nigeria. Adewale is fluent in several languages, including English, Italian, Swahili, and Yoruba. He attended Kings College at the University of London, graduating with a Master of Laws.

Adewale began his career as a model in Milan, Italy before moving to Los Angeles, California to begin acting. He began his acting career in the movie Congo, which led to appearances in the films Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and Congo (1995). He has appeared in the American version of Cracker and New York Undercover. However, it was Adewale's portrayal of Simon Adebisi in the television series Oz that led to critical and audience acclaim, as well as two NAACP Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Adewale left Oz to focus on a film career and appeared in The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Bourne Identity (2002). He has since returned to television, joining the cast of Lost in its second season as Eko.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Oz Simon Adebisi 1999–2000 3 4
Linc's Winston Iwelu 1998–2000 1 2
Lost Eko 2005–2007 2 3
American Odyssey Frank Majors 2015 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
New York Undercover
(credited as Adewalé)
Cliff Ramsey 1x25 - Downtown Girl May 4, 1995
Cracker John Doe 1x03 - Madwoman October 2, 1997
Pensacola: Wings of Gold Ambassador Odeku 1x05 - Fallout October 13, 1997

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Cabe Attucks May 11, 1997
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble Joe April 23, 2000
Screen Nation Television and Film Awards 2007 Himself October 29, 2007

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Jimmy Kimmel Live January 18, 2006
Tavis Smiley January 20, 2006
Live with Regis & Kelly November 2, 2006


Staff Writer

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
Africana! 2007 Staff Writer 1

Awards and Accolades

IVy Awards

(1 Win)

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2005-06)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(1 Nomination/1 Win)

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor on Television (2006)

NAACP Image Awards

(2 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2000)
  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2001)


  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje breaks down to: Ade- "the crown", wale- "has come home", Akin- "warrior", nuoye- "of chieftaincy", Agbaje "prosperity and wealth."