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Michael Obiora

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8 October 1986
Michael Obiora was born in North-West London to Nigerian parents.After starting drama classes aged seven. He was soon encouraged to join an agency by his drama teacher. He then joined another drama group at nine years of age, and within a year, landed a part in the hit children's' school drama, 'Grange Hill'. Michael played 'Max Abassi' in the program for five years and is down as the youngest ever actor to have appeared on the show.Michael went on to appear in such programs as 'Doctors', 'The Bill' and 'Holby City', but it was his role in the stage play 'Exclude Me' that really set the ball rolling. He completed a successful 11-week run on stage at The Chelsea Theatre. Lead roles in the award winning play 'Fallout' at the Royal Court Theatre and 'Badnuff' at The Soho Theatre soon followed.Following this, Michael went on to appear in other popular television shows such as 'My Family', 'Judge John Deed' and 'Sea Of Souls'.In 2005, aged 18, Michael started a seven-month run in the award winning play, 'Elmina's Kitchen' written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, at the Garrick Theatre. Michael was short-listed as 'Best New Comer' for this performance.Before the West End run of 'Elmina's Kitchen' came to an end, Michael won the part of receptionist, 'Ben Trueman', in the BBC1 smash, 'Hotel Babylon'. It is for this role that Michael is most famous. The show continues to be popular, achieving figures of over six million viewers per episode. It is one of the BBC's most successful exports and is shown in over one hundred countries including, America, Africa, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Latin America, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Australia, Israel, Pay TV in the Middle East, India, Bulgaria, Thailand, Croatia, Bahrain, Poland and Hong Kong.Michael has also appeared in ITV1's 'Afterlife' and gave a notable performance in BBC1's ever-popular 'Doctor Who'.London boy Michael, is a sports and fitness enthusiast. He is a keen Arsenal fan, enjoys going to games at the Emirates and can often be seen at home matches.Michael's first novel Black Shoes, was published in 2009.
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