Blogtor Who takes a look at the career of Daniel Adegboyega, who guest stars as Aaron in the Doctor Who New Year’s Day special, Resolution.
With years of experience in television, film and theatre productions, Daniel Adegboyega has proven himself a versatile performer across all three mediums. A graduate of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Adegboyega’s career to date has seen him tackle drama and comedy with equal aplomb in a diverse range of roles.
Read on for just some of Daniel Adegboyega’s career highlights!
Daniel Adegboyega On TV
Although Resolution marks Adegboyega’s Doctor Who debut, the special is not his first foray into the show’s universe. One of the actor’s first television roles was as a guard in the fourth series of Torchwood, Miracle Day.
The final televised series of the sci-fi spinoff – now enjoying a new lease of life as a Big Finish audio range – portrays the grave consequences of a phenomenon where the human race suddenly stops dying:
Other telly roles for Adegboyega have included one-off appearances in established BBC shows such as the spy thriller series Spooks, medical dramas Casualty and Doctors, and period detective series Father Brown, as well as the opening episode of 2015 mini-series The Interceptor.
In 2013 Adegboyega guest starred in ‘White Lies’, an episode of the BBC fantasy drama Atlantis. He played Stolos – the fiercely loyal messenger of Prince Therus (Darwin Shaw) – who infiltrates the palace of Atlantis in order to deliver a message to the prince’s sister, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart):
Whilst clearly skilled in dramatic roles, Adegboyega has shown himself to be equally adept at comedy. In 2014 he appeared as a kickboxing trainer in a season three episode of Episodes, a British/American co-production about a British couple attempting to remake their hit UK sitcom in the States.
More recently Adegboyega has been seen in a recurring role in the Channel 4 sitcom, Man Down. The show sees him play gym manager Ben, whose encounters with lead character Dan (Greg Davies) include preventing him from attempting to live in his gym, and inviting him to join a ‘dad’s club’ with cringeworthy results:
This year Adegboyega has appeared in two episodes of the Syfy series Nightflyers, an American series based on the short stories and novella of Game Of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin. He also played series regular Bertram in the Sky Atlantic show Save Me; the crime thriller focuses on the efforts of the down-and-out Nelly Rowe (Lennie James) to find his missing daughter.
Daniel Adegboyega On Film
Adegboyega’s film career began with a variety of roles in British films including 2010’s The Baseline, which centres around the East London grime club scene, and the 2011 Paul Bettany drama Broken Lines, directed by Doctor Who Series 11’s Sallie Aprahamian (Arachnids In The UK, The Witchfinders).
However, Adegboyega’s big-screen breakthrough came with a role in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall. The actor appears in the spy thriller as a mercenary of the film’s main antagonist, cyber-terrorist Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).
Adegboyega’s role in Skyfall led to more opportunities working with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The 2015 film The Gunman – in which he appeared as Bryson – reunited Adegboyega with Bardem alongside the likes of Sean Penn and Idris Elba, whilst Last Knights, released in the same year, saw Adegboyega play knight Rodrigo in a film also starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.
Adegboyega’s most recent cinema release was in the big-budget sci-fi action film Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in the popular franchise. Released last year, the film saw Adegboyega play Saebert, the leader of a group of Saxons waging war against King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
Daniel Adegboyega On Stage
Whilst Adegboyega’s most recent work has seen him move into film and television with great success, he gained his start on stage and has worked prolifically in the world of theatre. Previous roles have included Romeo and Juliet‘s Tybalt for the Birmingham Rep and the title role in Macbeth for a showcase with the English Touring Theatre.
He has also featured in other productions such as Watership Down and Rough Crossings for the Lyric Hammersmith, Unzipped Unchained for Talawa Theatre, Nakamitsu for Gate Theatre, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe for Edinburgh Lyceum, and Arsenic & Old Lace for the Salisbury Playhouse.
Adegboyega’s most recent stage role was as the eponymous lead in Journeyman: The Rise & Fall of Frankie Delaney. Extracts of the play, which intertwines the story of Delaney’s boxing career with music, were performed at the National Theatre Studio in 2010.
Following the broadcast of Resolution viewers won’t have to wait too long to see Adegboyega back on screen. The actor will be appearing in the Netflix series Sex Education, a British comedy-drama starring Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield which is set to launch on the platform on 11th Jan 2019.
On the film front there’s a lot to come from Adegboyega over the next couple of years, including his reunion with Transformers director Michael Bay for his latest venture, 6 Underground. The big-budget action film – the plot of which is currently being kept under wraps – stars Hollywood lead Ryan Reynolds, and is to date the biggest film to be produced and released by Netflix.
Working with this guy again, he didn’t get enough of me the last time😂 when you see him working onset he can seem quite tuff and unforgiving, but deep down is a sweet guy with a love for actors.#MichaelBay #filming #abudhabi #moviemaking #director #actor pic.twitter.com/MtjTUv8y6J
— Daniel Adegboyega (@DanielAdeg) November 14, 2018
Other upcoming films for Adegboyega include the independent British feature film Six From Eight, the gangster film Avengement, and Baghdad In My Shadow, an international co-production about Iraqi exiles living in North London.
Adegboyega is also set to lend his vocal talents to the upcoming video game Squadron 42, the single-player offshoot of space combat game Star Citizen. Gamers will be able to play as a rookie Navy combat pilot in the new game, which is set to enter beta testing in the latter half of 2020.
Adegboyega guest stars in the upcoming Doctor Who New Year’s Day special as Aaron. With little else having been revealed about his character so far, we’ll just have to wait until the new year to see what role Aaron plays in the events of Resolution…
Doctor Who Will Return…
Doctor Who returns with Resolution by Chris Chibnall on BBC One on New Year’s Day at 7pm, and at 8pm EST on BBC America. For further broadcast times in your region, check local listings.
Doctor Who stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien) and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair). Resolution guest stars Charlotte Ritchie (Lin), Nikesh Patel (Mitch) and Daniel Adegboyega (Aaron). Wayne Yip directs the special.
As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?