Paapa Essiedu (born 1990) is a British actor. He is known for his work in theatre, though he has also worked in film and television. He won the 2016 Ian Charleson Award for his Hamlet in Hamlet and his Edmund in King Lear, both at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The judges described his Hamlet as one the audience listened to "completely still", and they noted that as an actor he could turn on a sixpence – sweet, playful and flirtatious one minute, and fiercely intelligent the next. "Like all great actors," a judge noted, he "made all the lines his own". His Edmund in King Lear was noted for his chilling contempt and cynicism.
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