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Chukwudi Iwuji: The Actor Behind Marvel's High Evolutionary

Watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, you can't miss the character in purple attire known as the High Evolutionary.

This character is brought to life by Chukwudi Iwuji, a Nigerian British actor who has made his mark in recent collaborations with James Gunn. He has also ventured into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portraying The High Evolutionary in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, earning him critical acclaim.

Chukwudi Iwuji, born on October 15, 1975, holds both Nigerian and British citizenship. His journey into the world of acting took shape as he pursued his passion, eventually leading him to remarkable roles like The High Evolutionary.

At the age of ten, his parents began working for the United Nations Organization, which resulted in their relocation to Ethiopia. They sent their son to a boarding school in England. Although he initially enrolled at Yale University with a major in Economics, his passion for acting led him to join the university's drama society. During his involvement in their production of 'Murder in the Cathedral,' he was offered an acting scholarship.

This scholarship paved the way for him to attend a drama school in Wisconsin. He later returned to the United Kingdom and successfully auditioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this esteemed company, he followed in the footsteps of other prominent black actors like David Oyelowo and Adrian Lester, taking on leading roles without reference to their race.

He notably replaced David Oyelowo in the role of Henry VI and portrayed Buckingham alongside Kevin Spacey's Richard III at the Old Vic.

Chukwudi Iwuji's journey from his early days in Ethiopia to his accomplishments on the stage and in film is a testament to his talent and dedication in the world of acting. He is also an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company.



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