From the age of 16, Abu was determined to be an actor, although he made a pact with himself that if he didn’t get accepted by the National Youth Theatre after his first audition, he would look at doing something else. Luckily, he got in first time and also went on being awarded a scholarship to train at LAMDA. His earliest role in ITV’s The Jury saw him appearing in nothing but his boxers, speaking a language he had to learn on the day - truly a baptism of fire!
From there, Abubakar began to build a career that would showcase not just his talent but also his passion for games. He found his inspiration, not through films or TV but in the gorgeous storytelling of games like Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda and Kingdom Hearts, so being cast as the lead in the Assassin’s Creed: Origins gaming series, not only providing the voice but working with motion capture, was a dream come true. It also earned him a BAFTA nomination.
Abubakar has since starred in a string of TV series, from Jamestown, which taught him about longevity and the importance of doing justice to a story about slavery, to the Icelandic-set thriller, Fortitude. His latest project is Raised by Wolves, helmed by Sir Ridley Scott, where he learned the craft of being a lead in a TV show with an American environment. Through BAFTA, he has already made lifelong friends and is excited about what else he can learn with BAFTA’s support.