Langley Kirkwood was born in England, on 14 April 1973 of South African and West-Indian parents, and, amidst a tumultuous childhood in Apartheid-era South Africa, he fell in love with the art of acting. He studied drama at school and then at the prestigious University of the Witwatersrand and within a few years had become a multi-award winning actor of both stage and screen.
His breakthrough performance was as Billy the Kid in Shooting Billy the Kid at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, for which he won an FNB Vita Award. Since then he has appeared in countless award-winning television shows, theatre productions and films, both in South Africa, and internationally. Langley’s career credits are extensive, and he has appeared in major international productions such as John Boorman’s In my Country, opposite Juliette Binoche and Samuel L. Jackson, also in the multi-Emmy award winning Generation Kill for HBO, in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, and as Rudi in the BBC1 series Outcasts.
He played the twisted Judge Lex opposite Lena Headey and Karl Urban in Dredd, played King David in the Emmy-nominated mini-series The Bible, and more recently, starred as Sveta in the British Indy thriller Tiger House, as Captain Bryson in Black Sails for Starz, as Jeep in Dominion for SyFy and as a series regular in the Emmy-award winning Banshee for HBO/Cinemax, playing Colonel Douglas Stowe.
He is still passionate about the stage, and likes to return to theatre when time allows. He was a member of The Mechanicals Theatre Company in Cape Town, and his stand-out role on Cape Town stages was that of Biff Loman opposite Bill Flynn In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, which earned them both Fleur Du Cap awards.
He is the proud father of two children and lives between Cape Town and Los Angeles. He is passionate about helping to preserve our planet and its natural resources, as well as health and fitness, and he spends much of his free time trail running, cycling and competing in ultra distance triathlons.
Langley has recently started work opposite Mélanie Laurent on director Gilles de Maistre’s Mia and the White Lion, a feature film produced by Galatée Films, Studio Canal, Outside Films and Film Afrika, that will be shot in South Africa over the next 3 years. The project is being kept largely under wraps, but, as the title suggests, involves extensive interaction with African lions, under the care of ‘The Lion Whisperer’, Kevin Richardson.
Table Mountain is his happy place.
Agent (UK): Gavin Denton-Jones
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Circle of Confusion
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Agent (US): Samantha Crisp
The Kohner Agency
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