Gambian Actor Stars in US TV Series

Friday, May 11, 2018

Born Baboucarr Alieu Ceesay and widely known by his sobriquet - Babou Ceesay, a Gambian-English actor best known for his roles in Severance, A.D. The Bible Continues, National Treasure, Guerrilla and now Into the Badlands Season 3-”Moon Rises, Raven Seeks,” is becoming prominent in the film industry.

Ceesay was born in London, England, and grew up in West Africa. He is a dual-national and is of Gambian descent. The Oxford School of Drama trained actor has also been involved in many significant projects on stage include The Overwhelming opposite Andrew Garfield and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He also studied Microbiology at Imperial College London and also worked as an internal auditor at accounting firm, Deloitte. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

He was the star act in a popular TV series Into the Badlands Season 3 episode, “Moon Rises, Raven Seeks.” After the return of Into the Badlands last week, fans have been clamoring to unlock the mystery behind some of Season 3’s newest characters-including Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay), whose followers made quite a memorable entrance for him as he and his caravan left a swath of bloody Clippers in their wake.

In this phenomenal TV episode, “Moon Rises, Raven Seeks,” viewers got a little more insight into the relationship between Pilgrim and his priestess, Cressida (Lorraine Toussaint), as well as their master plan for the Badlands.

Brief Career

Ceesay’s first major role was in a Horror/comedy film, Severance after which he waited two years before he got a role on TV in an episode of Whistleblower. He then made guest appearance in multiple British TV shows including Silent Witness, Law & Order: UK, Casualty, Strike Back, Luther, Getting On and Lewis.

In 2013, he worked in the Nigerian film, half of a Yellow Sun, alongside Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and another rising star, John Boyega.

In 2014, he worked on ‘71 and in 2015; he was cast in NBC TV drama, A.D. The Bible Continues as John the Apostle. He also appeared in the thriller- Eye in the Sky (2015) and the British action comedy Free Fire (2016), set in Boston, and starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, and Armie Hammer.

He made a return to television with a major role in the Channel 4 drama, National Treasure as Jerome Sharp, Paul Finchley’s (played by Robbie Coltrane) lawyer. He then signed up for and starred in a BBC One television movie, Damilola, Our Loved Boy, based on the murder of Damilola Taylor, a ten-year old Nigerian boy living in Peckham, London and the trial which followed.

Ceesay played the role of the father, Richard Taylor for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor.

In August 2016, he was cast in the British miniseries, Guerrilla, alongside Idris Elba and Freida Pinto. However, his latest role in these interesting US TV series is one that continues to make rounds on the global movie scene.