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2020 has been a major year for actor Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, thanks to his critically acclaimed turn as Elliot Finch in Sky Atlantic’s Gangs of London, with critics heralding his “scene-stealing” and “superb” performance as the foil to the gruesome Wallace empire.
Ṣọpẹ́ made his big-screen debut in 2016, starring alongside Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter's War and has also featured in Sand Castle alongside Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill, and Criminal, starring Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman. In 2016, Ṣọpẹ́ was listed as one of Screen Daily's Stars of Tomorrow, a highly prestigious accolade bestowed annually by the veritable industry bible upon the next generation of screen talent.
In 2012, Ṣọpẹ́ successfully auditioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Programme and his first stage role was as Pericles in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Ṣọpẹ́’s on-stage career has also seen him perform in major theatres such as The Young Vic (The Brothers Size) and the Donmar Warehouse (One Night in Miami) and in 2017, he received an Ian Charleson Awards Commendation for his starring role in the RSC’s production of Coriolanus.
In addition to Gangs of London, Ṣọpẹ́’s TV credits include Next of Kin (ITV), Black Mirror (Netflix), Undercover (BBC) and Humans (AMC).
Join Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù as he discusses his career to date and what the future may hold with actor and The Actors Centre Trustee Elliot Barnes-Worrell as part of The Actors Centre Meets on 13 July.