When it comes to the TV shows we love, it's almost impossible for a guest actor to steal our attention away from characters we've already grown attached to. But this is the feat Babs Olusanmokun has managed to pull off for the last decade.
Since 2007, the Lagos-born, New York-based actor has been making memorable appearances on a bunch of popular TV shows, from his role as Kizza Oneko on The CW's Veronica Mars to his four-episode arc on the Emmy-nominated Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
A worthy career on the rise
After many years of giving small but impactful performances on the small screen (Gotham, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods), Babs finally landed a role worthy of his talents as Omoro Kinte in The History Channel's four-part remake of Roots (2016).
That same year, he also managed to shine in a small role on HBO's Emmy-nominated eight-part miniseries, The Night Of.
2017: The gifted actor's year
As great as 2016 was for the actor, 2017 is even better. He just won over a new set of fans as Sowande, one of the main villains in Marvel's recently released show, The Defenders – helped, in no small part, by his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
He will also be starring alongside Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Tony-winner Douglas Hodge in the sixth episode ("Black Museum") of Black Mirror's highly anticipated fourth season.
Earlier this year, he starred alongside Oscar-nominee Michelle Pfeiffer and 24's Kiefer Sutherland in Andrew Dosunmu's Where Is Kyra? – which premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim. So, you should expect to see a lot more of this gifted actor down the line.