Lennie James (born October 11, 1965) is an English actor and playwright known for his compelling performances across film, television, and theatre. Born in Nottingham, England, James has showcased his acting talent in diverse roles. He gained recognition for his performances in television series such as "Line of Duty" and "The Walking Dead," where his nuanced and intense portrayals stood out. James is also a prolific playwright, contributing to the stage with his writing skills. His ability to embody complex characters with depth and authenticity has earned him critical acclaim, establishing him as a respected and versatile figure in the entertainment industry.