Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (pronounced /ˌædɨˈwɑːleɪ ˌækɨˈnuː.eɪ/ ( listen); born 22 August 1967) is an English actor, solicitor, and former fashion model of Nigerian origin.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in London Borough of Islington behind the firestation on Upper Street. His parents are from Nigeria, but moved to London, where he was born. He has four sisters and is fluent in several languages, including English, Italian, Yorùbá (the language of his parents' ethnic group), and Swahili. He holds a Master of Laws from King's College London. The meaning of his name is broken down thus: Ade- the crown, wale- has come home, Akin- warrior, nuoye- of chieftaincy, Agbaje prosperity and wealth.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje's first time on camera was in Dawn Penn's video for her 1994 hit, "No, No, No (You Don't Love me)". Around the same period, he appeared in the video for the Pet Shop Boys' hit song "Jealousy" where he played the part of a roguish adulterer.
He is known for portraying the criminal Simon Adebisi in the HBO prison series Oz, and Mr. Eko on ABC's survivor drama Lost. He has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top movies, including The Bourne