This season we have teamed up with BET for ‘Being Mary Jane’. The never-predictable one-hour drama, “BEING MARY JANE,” returns for its fourth season with new men, new enemies and more gasp-worthy realness including our very own UK actor Chike Okonkwo (PC Clark in New Tricks).
So I’ve decided that…
Chiké Okonkwo is my Man of the Month for February. He’s now in one of my very favorite shows ‘Being Mary Jane’ and seeing that he’s the new love interest he’s a perfect fit for the month of romance. He’s a Brit and he’s Nigerian and he’s so deliciously talented and he’s fabulous!
He went on to feature in notable number of stage plays including A matter of life and death before venturing into the movie industry with cameo roles in television series Blood and Oil, Banshee and a host of others and in film – Treasured Island, Knockoff– thereafter landing the major role in Sundance selected movie – Birth of a Nation.
Okonkwo, 34, who grew up on a council estate in Kingston, south-west London, moved Stateside five years ago to take advantage of more roles for black actors after being inspired by Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo.
“The likes of Chiwetel and David made it possible for people like me to follow in their footsteps. Like Nate, they didn’t sit waiting for an opportunity, they went out and found and made their own stories.”
Okonkwo plays Lee Truitt, a successful British stand-up comedian who tests Mary Jane’s preconceived notions about what (or who) she needs in her life. And he’s funny… REALLY funny.