10 Movies And TV Shows You’ve Seen The Cast In

Idris Elba’s latest movie The beast recently hit the big screen and the hit show finds the actor facing off against a lion! The character of Elba is joined by District 9of Sharlto Copley and rising stars like Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries.

At the same time, there are talented character actors in the cast who may not be household names, but their work includes several popular TV and film titles, including martial arts drama. Warriorthe action thriller Dred, and much more. While the titular beast forms a crucial part of the narrative, it’s these actors who add depth.

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Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation (2015)

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The survival thriller is helmed by Idris Elba who plays Dr. Nate Samuels, a widowed father who takes his two daughters to a nature reserve in South Africa to encounter a human-eating lion.

Elba is one of those stars who can direct both action blockbusters and more critically acclaimed reality-based dramas. beasts of no nation falls into the latter category as it finds Elba playing the antagonistic mercenary who trains child soldiers in an unspecified West African nation. The horrors of war and abuse from the perspective of one of these children add to the rest of the emotionally powerful narrative. Considered one of Idris Elba’s best roles, the British actor has earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

Iyana Halley – Abbott Elementary School (2022-)

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Iyana Halley plays Meredith Samuels, the protagonist’s eldest daughter who must survive despite everything as the beast wreaks havoc.

Samuels was recently spotted playing another main character’s daughter, this time in the Emmy-nominated sitcom Abbott Elementary School. Shot like a mockumentary, the comedy series is set in a dysfunctional school and teachers’ best efforts to be good role models. Halley plays the daughter of Barbara Howard, one of the oldest and most mature teachers in the titular kindergarten.

Leah Jefferies – Empire (2015-2020)

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Playing the other Samuels sibling is Leah Jeffries whose early roles included that of Lola Lyon in the musical drama Empire.

Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson as a dysfunctional couple embroiled in a power struggle over record label ownership, Empire is filled with melodramatic monologues and high-energy rap covers of popular hits as well as a few original numbers. The character Lola serves as a recurring character in the first season as the estranged daughter of Jamal Lyon, one of the main characters in Empire.

Sharlto Copley – Hardcore Henry (2015)

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The other top star in The beast is South African actor Sharlto Copley who plays one of Samuels’ close friends and also manages the game reserve home to the lions.

Copley, who broke with the dystopian alien movie District 9continued to appear in several genres including a predominant share of 2010s action films. Hard Henry is quite innovative in that sense as it is shot entirely from a first-person perspective, reimagining the look and feel of a modern shooter. Copley stars as the villain who abducts the titular cyborg hero’s wife. What follows is an endless cycle of over-the-top, creatively executed violence.


Martin Munro – Warrior (2019-)

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Join all of The beast is Martin Munro who plays a character called Kees. Munro has already been seen on shows like Black Sails, Warriorand even the black mirror episode “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too”.

Based on a concept by martial arts legend Bruce Lee, Warrior is set in San Francisco in the 1870s, when rival Chinese criminal factions known as the Tongs engaged in criminal clashes against each other. Caught in the middle of this conflict is protagonist Andrew Koji, a martial arts prodigy who has come to the United States to save his sister. Munro appeared in the second season as a corrupt journalist who serves as an aide to the town’s equally corrupt deputy mayor.


Thapelo Sebogodi – Outlander (2014-)

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Camo, one of the local reserve staff, is played by Thapelo Sebogodi, a South African actor who has appeared in English-language productions such as the historical drama series Foreign.

The show centers on a WWII military nurse who is transported to the 1700s to fall in love with a Scottish Highland warrior. As depicted in the original novels, the character of Sebogodi is that of Temeraire, a slave from the Guinea coast who meets the main characters Claire and Jamie Fraser, both of whom are quite benevolent to his captors. But instead of staying with the Frasers, Temeraire later escapes under mysterious circumstances.

Daniel Hadebe – Dredd (2012)

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Appearing as Abduya in The beast, Daniel Hadebe has already appeared in some critically acclaimed films such as District 9, Invictusand Dredd.

A hyperviolent adaptation of the Judge Drdd comics, Dred is set in a dystopian, criminal future where law enforcement called “Judges” are granted the power to act as judge, jury, and executioner. The film follows a die hardapproach similar to that which takes place in a building with Dredd and his intern waging war against the criminal elements of the building. Hadebe has a brief role as Judge Volt, a street judge who answers Dredd’s distress calls and tries to help him.


Mduduzi Mavimbela – District 9 (2009)

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The beast marks the acting debut of Mduduzi Mavimbela as a poacher named Mizozi. However, Mavimbela has long pursued a film career as a stuntman, performing stunts for blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Like many other cast members on The beastMavimbela was also part of the South African sci-fi thriller District 9 (credited under “Stunts”). Referencing the apartheid system of racism that once prevailed in the country, Neill Blomkamp’s stunning debut focuses on the arrival of aliens and how they are racially separated and abused by the human population.

Chris Gxalaba – The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)

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Chris Gxalaba a minor character called Chipo in The beast. Attentive viewers might also remember him in another brief role in the Netflix original drama. The Red Sea Dive Resort which also had one of Michael K William’s last roles.

Also starring Chris Evans as the headliner, the film depicts the real-life 1979 rescue mission in which Israeli Mossad agents rescued Ethiopian Jews from Sudan. Credited as “Curious Neighbor”, Chris Gxalba’s role is that of a local spy agency informant.

Tafara Nyatsanza – Fate (2020)

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Spotted in a brief role as Banji in The beastTafara Nyatsanza had a few minor roles as of 2020 Horror Spell in which he was credited as “Young Man at Gas Station”.

Starring Omari Hardwick in the lead role, Spell is “hexagonal” horror as it finds the protagonist trapped in the home of a practitioner of black magic. The movie then unfolds like a survival thriller as he must battle not only the owner, but also his twisted spells as a blood moon rises.

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