DeObia Oparei is an English actor who has garnered the limelight for his performances in numerous movies and TV shows, including Game of Thrones (2015-16), Jumanji: The Next Level (2019), and Sex Education (2019).
He is currently receiving praises from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans for his portrayal of Boastful Loki in the Marvel/Disney+ series, Loki.
Oparei Is an Openly Gay Actor
Many peoples take several years to come out of the closet, and the same can be said for the Loki actor. After spending years behind the closet, hiding his true sexuality, on June 5, 2020, he finally decided to leave the closet.
On that day, he came out as a gay man. He shared 10 minutes and 44 seconds long IGTV video and talked about how tough it was to come out and how hard it was to live hiding his true sexuality as a black gay man in the entertainment industry.
“My #comingoutday as #queer #gaypride #blackqueerlivesmatter,” he wrote in the video’s caption. Continuing the caption, he stated that he decided to come out today.
Additionally, he wrote that he had been himself in private but was hiding in public as he was afraid of the damage it would have done to his career. But, now he had stayed behind the closet for a long time, refused to prioritize fear over truth and hide.
His exact words in the caption read: “I decided to COME OUT today. It suddenly hit me that in private I’m myself and in public, I’ve been hiding. Because I was afraid of the damage it would do to my career. I refuse to give a f**k about that anymore. I refuse to prioritize fear over truth. I don’t wish to hide anymore. Here is my coming out of the closet video.”
The Emerald City actor ended his caption using the hashtag “#blackqueerlivesmatter.”
He Is Allegedly Single
Although the English actor has come out of the closet, he certainly has kept the details of his romantic life behind the curtains.
There are no details of the actor currently being married, having a wife, relishing a relationship, dating anyone, or having anyone as his boyfriend or partner at present – nor in the past, for that matter.
He has also kept his romantic life away from his social media handles (mainly Instagram). In his Instagram handle, he has only shared pictures that are related to himself or his acting career, or his family.
Thus, his social media profiles don’t give any hint on if he is dating anyone. As a result, there is only one conclusion, which is, Oparei is allegedly single, as of this writing.
Oparei’s Short Bio
Hailing from the suburbs of Hackney, London, Oparei was born in 1971. He celebrates his birthday on the 7th of December every year. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
The Moulin Rouge! actor stands at a towering height of 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 meters), as per his IMDb biography.
He was born to parents of Nigerian ancestry. Other than that, there is no information available on his parents. Nonetheless, going by his Instagram post of February 17, 2021, it seems like his mother has passed away some time ago.
In another post, shared on the same day, he mentioned that he has two brothers.
A Brief Look Into His Acting Career
The London native initially worked for different British theatre companies before stepping foot in the acting industry. Oparei’s television debut came in 1990 when he appeared as Willy in a TV series titled Desmond’s.
Afterward, he appeared in a few TV shows before making his big-screen debut in 1992 through the movie, Alien³—played the role of Arthur. Between 1993 to 2000, he appeared in a few acting gigs, including Gallowglass (1993), Doom Runners (1997), and Dark City (1998).
In 2001, he played the role of Le Chocolat in Moulin Rouge!. In the next year, he wrote his own dramedy play titled Crazyblackmuthafuckin’self, which received critical acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre.
As time flew by, he continued to make his appearances in different movies and TV series, either small or big. Some of his acting gigs from 2004 to 2014 are Thunderbirds, Depth Charge, Legacy: Black Ops, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Little Devil, and One Child.
Oparei received one of the biggest roles in his acting career in 2015 when he portrayed the role of Areo Hotah in the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. He played the role till 2016.
In 2016, he portrayed the role of Dikembe Umbutu in Independence Day: Resurgence, which further boosted his popularity. In the upcoming years, he played in a few acting projects that include Santa Clarita Diet (2017), Sex Education (2019), Dumbo (2019), Jumanji: The Next Level (2019), and Wrath of Man (2021).
His most recent appearance was in the fourth and fifth episode of the Marvel/Disney+ series, Loki. In the series, he portrayed the role of Boastful Loki. As of now, Oparei is busy filming his upcoming movie titled The Gray Man.
In such a long and flourishing career, he must have earned some healthy pay-cheques. However, his earnings and net worth are still under review.