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I’ve never found Rev laugh-out-loud funny. Apart, that is, from mental drug addict Mick (Jimmy Akingbola), who cracks me up every time.
— Neil Midgley, The Telegraph

Jimmy is a graduate of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, in London. Moving effortlessly between stage, television, film and theatre roles, he has enjoyed the privilege of working alongside stars such as Dustin Hoffman, Sir Ian McKellen, Naomie Harris, John Boyega, Aml Ameen, Catherine Tate, David Walliams, Sally Hawkins and Riz Ahmed. 

Jimmy is an award winning actor most noted in the theatre for prestigious roles and starred reviews in plays such as Father Comes Home From the Wars, Blue Orange, Othello, The People Next Door, Prayer Room, and Look Back in Anger.

Working with some of the most highly acclaimed theatre directors including Michael Grandage, Roxanne Silbert, Jo Bonney, Kathy Burke, and Indhu Rubasingham, Jimmy has performed at some of the UK's leading theatre spaces including the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar Warehouse, Soho Theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tricycle Theatre, the Young Vic, The Lyric Hammersmith and Theatre Royal Stratford East.  

A great fan of comedy, Jimmy was delighted to become a series-regular (2011/14) on the BAFTA nominated BBC2 hit comedy show - REV - in which he plays CRACKHEAD MICK alongside Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman. At the same time, Jimmy became a television favourite starring as the maverick gay surgeon - ANTOINE MALICK - in the BAFTA award-winning BBC medical drama - HOLBY CITY. 

In 2015/16, Jimmy played the part of arch-villain BARON REITER, in the fourth series of the USA CW television network adaptation of DC Comics' ARROW.   

Jimmy recently booked a lead role on the Sky1 comedy/drama, In The Long Run. He is acting opposite Idris Elba and plays his younger brother, Valentine. In The Long Run is due to be aired in 2018 on Sky1 and NowTV.

 

A selection of recent USA, UK and European productions featuring Jimmy's television, film and theatre performances includes:

 
Pumped up and sporting a scary mohawk, Akingbola is equally physically effective in the title role, and is a convincing Shakespearian actor.
— Karen Fricker, Variety
Jimmy Akingbola turns in an exquisitely unpredictable performance (Blue Orange) as the pawn in the power struggle.
— Alfred Hickling, The Guardian