Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is critically acclaimed award-winning actor working in film, television, theatre and audio.
His film work includes Wonka, Mary Poppins Returns, Dr. Strange, Justice League: Snyder Cut, Paddington 2, and The Commuter. On TV he has been in His Dark Materials, Ragdoll, The Split, Capital, The Last Panthers and more. On stage he has played leads at the National, Royal Court, Young Vic, and Royal Exchange theatres. In 2015 he played Laertes opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre, and in 2019 won the Laurence Olivier award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Ike Turner in the original production of Tina: The Tina Turner the Musical — his West End debut, and first professional musical. He has voiced many audio titles including all of Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling Rivers of London series, many BBC and independent radio plays and poetry, and can even be heard announcing the floors in one or two of London’s lifts.
Kobna is also a trustee of Young Vic Theatre, an associate at the National Theatre, on the Creative Council of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a Patron of Inc Arts, and in 2020 was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to drama.