Arinze Mokwe Kene MBE, popularly called Arinze Kene, is a British playwright and actor. He was born in 1987 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an award-winning playwright and actor, having won the Most Promising New Playwright in the Off West End Theatre Award and Best Male Actor in a Play Black in the British Theatre Award. He also has several nominations to his name. Arinze became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2020 for his contribution to screenwriting and drama.
Arinze has been in multiple stage-shows to date. He performed in Daddy Cool: The Musical, the role of Simba in Disney’s The Lion King, and Raymond LeGrendre in Been So Long: The Musical. In 2016, he sang and acted as Sam Cooke in the European premiere of One Night in Miami; in 2018, he starred in Misty.
He worked in the feature films I’m Your Woman (2020), How To Build A Girl as Kenny (2019), Been So Long as Raymond (2018), Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them as Auror 6 (2016), The Pass as Ade (2016) and Freestyle as Leon (2010).
His television credits include playing Tyler in Crazyhead (2016), Corp. Kinders in Our Girl (2014), Ashley in Youngers (2013), Rocco in Hollyoaks (2011) and Connor Stanley in EastEnders (2010).