Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in London, England, but he spent great deal of his time at Nigeria as a child. Even though he obtained Masters in Law from the University of London, Adewale ended up on a different career path.
Before moving to United States in order to become an actor, he worked as a model in Milan. After guest starring in several TV series, he appeared in such movies as 'Ace Venture: When Nature Calls' and 'Congo'. However, his big break came when he was cast as Simon Adebisi in HBO's hit TV show Oz
. His character, a charismatic and brutal drug dealer, was a very influential person in Oswald State Penitentiary. Adebisi was a character the audience loved to hate.
Since then he has appeared in major blockbuster movies including 'The Mummy Returns', 'The Bourne Identity' and 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''. To his fans delight, he finally returned to television when he joined the cast of Lost
, in which he plays a mysterious man known only as Mr. Eko.