Who is Archie Madekwe?
The Broadcast and Media Award (BAM)-nominated young and talented actor, Archie Madekwe, was born under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on 10 February 1995, in Croydon, England; he holds British nationality and his ethnicity is of mixed English, Swiss-German and Nigerian descent. He’s an actor with over 10 credits to his name, perhaps known best for his role as Simon in the horror mystery drama “Midsommar”, which brought him the mentioned BAM joint nomination Best Cast, which he shares with the other actors.
Early life, family, and education
Archie was raised in Croydon by his parents, Mandy and Stephen; his mother is of English descent, while his father comes from a family of Swiss-German and Nigerian descent. Archie hasn’t spoken about their occupations as they prefer to keep their lives away from the media’s attention, however, he shared with his fans that the two divorced when he was very young, and that it had an impact on him, that it made him stronger, and although he had to mature quite early, he was more aware of his emotions and is grateful for that.
Speaking about his siblings, he has one brother, Alby, who also prefers to keep his life private.
Most people assume that the famous “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” actress, Ashley Madekwe, is his sister, however, they are cousins.
Archie had an interest in acting from an early age, while he had his first roles in high school plays; his parents recognized his talent, and supported him in fulfilling his dream of pursuing a successful acting career.
He attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2013, he enrolled at the prestigious The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, from which he graduated with a BA degree in 2016, and then continued his education at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he studied acting.
Roles in series
Archie made his professional acting debut in 2014, portraying Benjamin Mason in an episode of the series “Casualty”, followed by his role as Luca in “Fresh Meat” in 2016, and then two years later, he was seen as Jackson Bailey in “Hang Ups”, a comedy drama starring Stephen Mangan, Fionn O’Shea, and Bebe Cave.
He had a guest role in an episode of “Informer”, before in 2019 being cast to play Courfeyrac in the TV mini-series “Les Miserables”, followed by his appearance in “Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation”, a comedy drama which follows the story of regular people trying to cope with life under the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020.
However, Archie’s most notable television role, for now, is his 2019 portrayal of Kofun in the science-fiction action drama “See”, starring Jason Momoa, Hera Hilmar, and Sylvia Hoeks, which had 10 award nominations and won five.
Roles in movies
Archie made his first big-screen appearance as Kid 1 in the comedy drama “Legacy”, in 2015, followed by his role as Luke in the 2018 musical drama “Teen Spirit”, also starring Elle Fanning and Agnieszka Grochowska, and in the following year he was cast to play Simon in “Midsommar”, the role which brought him recognition in the movie industry.
In 2021, Archie portrayed Kai in the science-fiction adventure thriller “Voyagers”, starring Colin Farrell, Lily-Rose Depp and Tye Sheridan, which was his most recent movie role.
Love life and relationships
There have been various rumors both concerning Archie’s love life and his sexual orientation, however, he prefers to keep his private life a secret, and hasn’t spoken about his relationships.
In one of his interviews, Archie stated that as an actor, he thinks that it’s important to maintain a level of privacy: ‘If you try to keep your life personal – and I think that’s part of the keeping feet on the ground thing – then it still remains your life.’-he said.
As of March 2022, it ‘s assumed that Archie is single, hasn’t been married or been engaged, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
One of Archie’s favorite hobbies is playing the guitar, and as he said, he discovered his talent for music during the pandemic lockdown, and has also practiced juggling.
He’s an animal lover, with dogs and horses being his favorites.
He’s into traveling, and thanks to his career has visited several US states, and his favorite shooting was for the series “See” in Canada.
Before his roles on television and in movies, he played at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, in London, England, in “Pope Jean”, “Dead Don’t Floss”, and “Glad and Random Temporary Jobs”, while one of his most notable roles was his portrayal of Bill in “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia” a controversial play written by Edward Albee.
Archie is active on social media platforms such as Instagram, and his account has been followed by nearly 30,000 people; he mostly posts updates about his work, and also uses his social media influence to share his work with the educational non-profit organization, The Black Curriculum.
For ‘Dazed100’ he said: ‘At drama school, there was an illusion of who people thought I was or should be, based on the colour of my skin. ‘Too urban’ and ‘too street’ were comments I heard frequently. These weren’t accurate depictions but comments on my ethnicity’, then he added that he will continue proving that stereotypes are wrong.
However, his philanthropy work doesn’t end here, he has also spent a year teaming up with Converse brand and Youth Ink charity, helping to provide arts education for the young people caught up in the justice system, and Archie and his team have a goal to make those youngsters realize that acting isn’t reserved just for people from wealth and middle-class families, and that one day, despite all the problems, they could have a career in the movie industry.
Age, height, and net worth
Archie’s age is 27; he has dark, brown, curly hair and brown eyes, weighs around 185lbs (85kgs) and is 6ft 4ins (1.93m) tall.
As of March 2022, his net worth has been estimated at close to $500,000 – according to sources, his salary for the series “See” is around $30,000 per episode.