Written by Oluwabukunmi Akinshipe | Cover Photo via Instagram

Theatre has been the starting point for the acting career of many, and this is no different for dearly beloved, O.T Fagbenle. 

Born in London, United Kingdom, and raised across three countries and two continents, Olatunde Olateju Olaolorun Fagbenle, also referred to as O-T was a world traveler from a young age. His passion for music saw him play the saxophone in multiple bands all across Europe. 

At the tender age of 16 years, Fagbenle was hired to play the saxophone in a Nigerian adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, Macbeth. However, in the course of the play, he was given several lines to read and the director was so impressed with his performance. It became obvious that acting was his calling and that was how he landed his first proper role, as an actor. 

Fagbenle went on to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and is well-known as a Nigerian-British actor, writer, and director who has appeared in several films, stage, and television productions. He is famously known for his portrayal of the role of Lucas ‘Luke’ Bankole, in the well-received series, “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

It is no surprise indeed, that O.T Fagbenle comes from a family that is renowned for exploring their creative and enterprising side. His younger brothers, Daps and Luti also work in the entertainment industry. While Daps is a world-class music director, Luti is an actor, film producer, and entrepreneur. His Father, Tunde Fagbenle is a Nigerian journalist and writer, and his younger sister Temitope is a WNBA player and Olympian.

He believes a writer is no greater than what they read, and that what they consume heavily influences their literary production.

It is often said that talent is evenly distributed whereas opportunities are not. These words have been the propelling force for the ABC Foundation, of which O.T Fagbenle is a pioneer member. The foundation aims to provide the means to underprivileged children to give them a fair chance at life. 

As the premiere draws near, we anticipate O.T’s role in the upcoming Marvel movie ‘Black Widow’ and are convinced that he will deliver, as per usual.

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