Ariyon Debo Bakare was born in 1971. He is a Nigerian-English actor. He has appeared in the BBC mini-series A Respectable Trade, British Soap Opera Family Affairs from, and the BBC One Daytime drama Doctors. Prior to this, Bakare guested on British dramas The Bill, Casualty, and Holby City. He has starred alongside Paul Bettany in Ross Kettle’s film After the Rain, and with Nia Long and Colin Firth in The Secret Laughter of Women.
After leaving Doctors, Bakare returned to direct and write several episodes. He co-wrote and starred in the Channel drama Stealing Lives. In November 2008, he appeared as a villain in the BBC1 drama Spooks. In 2009 he made an appearance in Casualty (BBC1, series 24, episode 7, “Love is a Sacrifice“) as the brother of a patient.
In 2011, Bakare played a mini-cab driver, Carl Lucas, in the last episode of the sixth series of Law & Order UK, first broadcast in 2012. He appeared in Dancing on the Edge, first broadcast in 2013, as Wesley Holt, a band manager. Bakare later appeared in Doctor Who, in the 2015 episode, “The Woman Who Lived“, alongside Maisie Williams. He played the antagonist of the episode, a lion-like creature called Leandro. He had a cameo as a Rebel pilot in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Other of his films are; After the Rain, The Sectet Laughter of Women, Dead Bolt Dead, Shoot The Messager, The Dark Knight.