EAMONN WALKER Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Eamonn Walker is well known for his electrifying portrayal of the vulnerable Muslim inmate Kareem Said, prisoner 97S444, on HBO’s gritty prison drama Oz, a role that earned him a Cable Ace Award nomination.


Born in London, Walker began his career on the English stage, auditioning for the Explosive Dance Theatre Company. Although a leg injury curtailed his dance aspirations, he turned to acting, making his debut in the 1983 musical Labeled With Love. He continued working on the British stage in such productions as Ridley Walker, Pecong and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, before founding his own acting troupe the Flipside Theatre Company, where he starred in the heralded production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.


Television work followed, including regular roles on the BBC sitcom In Sickness and in Health and, as constable Malcolm Haines, on ITV’s police drama The Bill. He also appeared in The Governor, an ITV prison series co-starring Oscar nominee Janet McTeer.


Walker returned to prison for his American acting debut on HBO’s Oz. The show’s creator, Tom Fontana, next cast Walker as an embittered news cameraman in the NBC telefilm Homicide: The Movie. His most recent television triumph was in Othello for PBS and the Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre.


Walker made his feature film debut in the British production Young Soul Rebels, a period piece about London’s latter-day soul movement, and was next featured in Shopping, a 1994 drama about a pair of outlaws (played by Jude Law and Sadie Frost) who crash stolen cars into shop windows for thrills. He co-starred in actor Laurence Fishburne’s directorial debut Once in the Life and had a role in M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural drama Unbreakable.