Cyril Nri is an actor, writer, director, filmmaker, and father. He came to England from Nigeria as a young child, escaping the Nigerian-Biafran civil war.
He has worked as an actor for 23 years and stage work includes the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. His TV work includes ‘Waking The Dead’, ‘Law & Order UK’, ‘This Life’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Family Affairs’ and ‘Arabian Nights’ as well as a long-running role as Superintendent Adam Okaro in ITV’s police series ‘The Bill’. Film appearances include Bernardo Bertolluci’s ‘Besieged’, David Hare’s ‘Strapless’, and ‘Long Time Dead’.
Cyril’s first film as a director, writer and producer, ‘Constance’, won awards at many international festivals, including the Best Screenplay award at the 1st Black Filmmaker International Festival of 1998. ‘Constance’ was later bought and screened by Channel 4.