- Archie Madekwe is a British-Nigerian actor who is fondly known as Kofun in the sci-fi series See
- He is related to BAFTA Award nominee Ashley Madekwe as they both hail from the same roots
- Archie began his career in the industry sometime in 2014 and in less than a decade has proven to be worth the roles played.
Archie Madekwe is an English actor who has been in the movie industry for less than a decade as of 2022. He is a fast-rising actor who though still quite fresh into the game, has left an indelible mark on the movie scene.
His relationship with fellow, experienced English actress, Ashley Madekwe has helped get him to where he is at the moment. Given how far he has come in such little time, Archie seems to be on a roll and is definitely not slowing down anytime soon.
28 year old Archie has been part of several movies and series such as 2019 released Midsommer, See, and 2021 Voyagers. These movies are the ones that put his name on the lips of movie lovers.
Who is Archie Madekwe?
Archie Uchenna Madekwe is an Igbo-British actor whose genealogy can be traced to about 4 countries. He was born on February 10, 1995, to the family of Mr. Stephen Madekwe a Nigerian, Swiss-German man, and his English wife Mandy.
His paternal grandfather’s name has been uncovered to be Hamilton Amechina Madekwe. Hamilton was reportedly married to a woman named Margaret Kummli
Ultimately, Archie identifies as a Black man and is proud of his roots which can be traced down to the Igbo tribe of South-Eastern Nigeria.
There are sites that report that the young multi-ethnic actor studied at the Brit School in Croydon. He purportedly enrolled in the school at the age of 14.
According to the same sources, Archie was also part of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. However, we have cause to doubt the reliability of the information as it coincides with that of another Madekwe who has been in the movie industry since the late 1990s.
The Igbo-English actor did actually attend BRIT. However, he finished schooling at the Croydon Performing Arts Institution. Towards the end of his course at the institution, he was opportune to attract an agency with whom he signed.
Archie also has a little brother whom he calls Alby. From his social media post of him and Alby, it looks like the brothers have been close since childhood. Alby is just a few years younger than his 6 feet 4 inches tall brother.
What is the relationship between Archie and Ashley Madekwe?
Seeing that the last names are not common to the English man is enough reason for eyebrows to be raised. Well, these two share quite a few things in common.
Their last names are symbolic of the blood tie they have. Ashley who was born to Nigerian-Swiss and English parents is the older cousin of Archie Madekwe.
She was born on December 6, 1983, to her father Mr. Pete Madekwe, Stephen’s brother, and mother Tracy Mansfield. Though married now to Iddo Goldberg, her longtime boyfriend, she is still very close to her paternal relatives.
In a confession, Archie admitted that watching his cousin act in the movie Little Sweet Thing when he was 9 years old inspired his passion for acting. About a decade later, he decided to join his cousin in the industry and they are both making waves.
Madekwe is a Philanthropist and Activist
Archie is a fighter for certain causes and he utilizes whatever platform he has to propagate his ideologies. Though he doesn’t like to be seen as an activist, his works towards philanthropy have always been geared toward a radical change of events.
Pushing the ‘Black Curriculum’ narrative, Archie aims to educate English people on their cultures and history. He notes that being a colored Britain has been in existence for a long time now and so there is no need for discrimination.
In addition to this, Madekwe also tries to contribute his quota as well as canvass support for people who have experienced some type of disaster. He believes in leaving a mark on the world. One that would leave a lasting legacy years after he is gone. Though he is just 28 years old, he is proving to be a great voice championing several just causes.
Archie Madekwe is Friends with some of the Big Names in the Movie Industry
Safe for being related to ‘Bambi’ from Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Ashley, Archie has worked with other notable names. Archie officially started acting in 2014 apart from stage plays. Upon his debut, he has been cast alongside the likes of Aquaman’s Jason Mamoa, Dave Bautista, and Alfre Woodard.
He also gets to spend time away from work with other friends who are also celebrities. For Florence Pugh’s The Standard Ibiza part, he was present and chummy with her in a photo that made its way to the internet.
On his Instagram, you can see photos of him and Jason in cute, playful positions. When he isn’t shooting, Madekwe loves to spend time with his friends on set and off.
List of Some Movies and Series Madekwe has been Part of
- Casualty (2014) – As Benjamin Mason
- Legacy (2015) – As Kid 1
- Fresh Meat (2016) – As Luca
- Teen Spirit (2018) – As Luke
- Hang Ups (2018) – As Jackson Bailey
- Informer (2018) – As Eddy
- Les Miserables (2019) – As Courfeyrac
- Midsommer (2019) – As Simon
- Unprecedented (2020) – As Louis
- Voyagers (2021) – As Kai
- Love, Death & Robots (2021) – As Sedgwick
- See (2019-2021) – As Kofun
- Heart of Stone (Still filming as of 2022) – As Ivo
Archie was also featured in a play by Ari Aster known as ‘The Goat’. He was cast alongside Damian Lewis and fellow Nigerian-English actress, Sophie Okonedo.
Fast Facts About the British Actor
- Archie Madekwe has a net worth within the range of $550,000 to $600,000 which he amassed from his career as an actor.
- There is no detail about his relationship life yet. It seems like he isn’t in a relationship or is just keeping his personal life private.
- Archie loves to be in contact with his roots. On social media, he doesn’t shy away from answering questions about his background. Also, he loves to associate with ‘people of color’ like fellow Africans and Nigerians.