Babou Ceesay was born Baboucarr Alieu Ceesay in London, England. His acting career began with a role in the comedic thriller picture "Severence" (2006), in which he played one of a member of professionals who get caught up in an office retreat that turns deadly. In the years to follow, Ceesay worked mostly in television, appearing in one-off roles on British series including "Silent Witness" (BBC One 1996-), "Law & Order: UK" (ITV 2009-2014), and "Luther" (BBC One 2010-15), before landing a recurring role on the dramatic comedy series "Getting On" (BBC Four 2009-2012). Ceesay returned to the big screen soon enough, featuring in back-to-back period pieces "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2013), a romantic drama, and "'71" (2014), a war picture. He then starred in the Bible-based series "A.D. The Bible Continues" (NBC 2015), portraying the role of the prophet John, and the TV movie "Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC One 2016), before landing his highest profile project yet: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016), in which he played a minor role as Rebel Alliance soldier Taidu Selfa. Next, joined director Ben Wheatley's action comedy film "Free Fire" (2015) alongside an ensemble including Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Sharlto Copley, among other big names.