INTRODUCTION Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor and director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He won best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards and was nominated for best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards. He was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND Desmond Elliot was born to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother; because of this, Elliot has described himself as being a Pan-African. He received his primary education at Air Force Primary School and later attended St John’s College, both in Jos. In 2003 he graduated from Lagos State University where he studied Economics.
CAREER AND LIFE
Elliot was influenced by a friend to become an actor. He started playing roles in soap operas like Everyday People, One Too Much and Saints and Sinners. He is one of Nollywood’s leading actors, having appeared in over two hundred films including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire and Atlanta. In 2008 Elliot co-produced and co-directed the movie “Reloaded” which received 3 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009.
In 2009 and 2010, Elliot was nominated for the Best Actor category at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Also in 2010, Elliot has been competing to become the ambassador for the Face of Hope Project, a “volunteer-based non-profit, non-religious, non-political organization established to give hope to the hopeless”, in which he will work toward fixing “child illiteracy in Nigeria and Africa at large” if he is the victor.
He quite acting movies in 2008-2010 and came back in 2012. He has also went to study Directing Movies in various institutions abroad so as to improve his movie career. He has directed both for Yoruba movies and also the Nollywoood movies. And he also started being a movie director in 2008. He said actress Uche Jumbo is one of her most favourite actress.
The popular actor got married few years back to his beautiful wife as he always call her. He often talk about his family in interviews most especially his wife. He is a type who loves his wife dearly according to what he says in the media.
They have given birth to double twins making it 4 kids. But desmond says he is still gonna have 3 more making it 7. In 2014 it was said that the actor relocated his family abroad out of Nigeria for reasons which are still unknown.
Elliot declared his intentions in September 2014 to run for Lagos State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress. He contested and won the Surulere Constituency in the April 11, 2015 Nigerian General Elections.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS Awards- He won best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awardsand was nominated for best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Endorsements- signed on as ambassadors for New Nation‘s “Kill the Killers” initiative 2014. He was also signed on a multi million naira deal as a glo ambassador.
RUMOURS AND SCANDALS He once was rumoured to have been dead, slaughtered in an hotel.
He was also said to have been involved in a romance scandal dating two half-caste sisters.