Malachi Kirby

2016 Screen Nation Film and Television Awards - Arrivals

Kirby in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Malachi Lloyd Kirby

Place of Birth: Wandsworth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 20 September, 1989

Ethnicity: Jamaican [African, evidently about one fourth South Asian]

Malachi Kirby is a British actor and writer. His roles include television’s Roots (2016), Black Mirror, and Small Axe: Mangrove.

Malachi has stated:

I’m basically second-generation Jamaican. I don’t know my history past my grandparents. Kunta Kinte’s strength and his ability to hold on to his identity comes because he knows it, and it just kept speaking to me – I don’t know mine. At some point, my ancestry goes back to Africa … but I don’t know where or who.

Malachi’s mother’s surname is Thomas. He is a practising Christian.

A DNA test taken by Malachi stated that his genetic ancestry is:

*75% West African
*21% South Asian
*1.8% European

4 Responses

  1. stlucas says:

    I was born in London as a second-generation Jamaican and I always believed … that I would have ancestry from West Africa. There was something that drew me to that area, but I had nothing to back that. The DNA testing people sent me a bottle, I spat in it and they told me where I come from: I’m 75 percent West African, which didn’t surprise me and gives me confidence now. I also found out that I’m 21 percent Asian, which was interesting, and I’m 1.8 percent European. I hope to do more research to find out specifically where in West Africa I came from.

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