Kobna Holdbrook-Smith - Biography

Last Modified: May 3, 2023

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Wonka (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: Under Review

Personal Details

Born on : August 23, 1977 (age 45)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Birth Place: Accra, Ghana
Horoscope: Virgo
Father's Name: Dr. Yoku Henry Andrew Holdbrook-Smith
Mother's Name: Tenu Holdbrook-Smith
Siblings: 1

Kofi Holdbrook-Smith (brother)

University: Guildford School of Acting
Ethnicity: Ghanaian
Nationality: British


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: July 27, 2018
Wife's Name: Nydia A. Swaby

Body Measurements

Height: 1.80 meter (5 feet 11 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an actor by profession and British by nationality. He is best known for starring in the musical theatre production of Tina on the West End and in films Doctor Strange, Justice League, Wonka, Paddington 2, and The Commuter.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – Age, Parents, Siblings

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was born on August 23, 1977, in Accra, Ghana. His father’s name is Dr. Yoku Henry Andrew Holdbrook-Smith and his mother’s name is Tenu Holdbrook-Smith. His parents raised him alongside his sibling- a brother named Kofi Holdbrook-Smith. The family moved to Frimley, Surrey, England where he grew up.

Kobna and Kofi Holdbrook-Smith (Source: Instagram)

Education, Ethnicity

After graduating from high school, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith attended Guildford School of Acting. He graduated from the same in 2000 with a degree in acting.

His ethnicity is Ghanaian.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith married his longtime girlfriend Nydia A. Swaby, a doctor, on July 27, 2018, after years of dating. He and his wife have no children together as of now. Also, there are no rumors of divorce surrounding the married couple.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Nydia A. Swaby (Source: Instagram - posted Aug 2018)

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – Career

Early Days

Holdbrook-Smith’s interest in acting started when he was 15 years old but was reluctant to reveal it to his parents because it “didn't seem allowed.” He eventually decided to pursue acting when he was 18 years old.

His debut screen role was in an episode of the TV series Judge John Deed, which was aired in 2002. This was followed by minor roles in the episodes of the TV series Judge John Deed (2002), Little Britain (2004), According to Bex (2005), Mike Bassett: Manager (2005), Star Stories (2006-2008), Taking the Flak (2009), Whites (2010), among others.

Films, Series

Since then Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has starred in the films The Double (2013), Hamlet (2015), Doctor Strange (2016), Ghost Stories (2017), Justice League (2017), Paddington 2 (2017), The Commuter (2018), Gwen (2018), Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021), Wonka (2023), etc.

Moreover, he has also portrayed recurring characters in the episodes of the TV series Sirens (2011), Silk (2012), Agatha Raisin (2014), The Last Panthers (2015), Dark Heart (2016), The Split (2018), Motherland (2019), Red Election (2021), His Dark Materials (2022), among others.

Currently, Holdbrook-Smith has been portraying Tina in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the west end.


On the set of Wonka, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has worked alongside Justin Edwards, Gianni Calchetti, Rich Fulcher, Murray McArthur, and Alfredo Tavares.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Source: Stagezine)

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – Awards, Nominations

For his work in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was awarded the 2019 Laurence Olivier Award - Best Actor in a Musical. For the same work, he has also earned nominations for Black British Theatre Award and WhatsOnStage Award, both in the year 2019.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – Net Worth, Salary

The figure on the net worth and annual salary of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is under review and is under review.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Holdbrook-Smith is active on Instagram and Twitter but is absent from Facebook.

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