HARARE – Former Studio 263 actor Arnold Tongayi Chirisa has landed a guest role on the American supernatural drama television series called Sleepy Hollow that premiered on Fox two months ago.
The thrilling new mystery-adventure drama, co-created by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is considered a modern-day retelling of the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
The Zimbabwean actor’s ability to get a part on Sleepy Hollow in America’s competitive mainstream television is further proof of how the celebrity actor’s star has continued to rise outside his home land.
Chirisa, who rose to prominence playing the role of detective Trevor Davies in Zimbabwe’s first soapie Studio 263, has featured in several high-profile productions in the United States of America and in neighbouring South Africa.
The actor co-stared with Leon Schuster in Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past, where he played the role of the Hekule, the King of Kuvukiland.
The 32-year-old Chirisa also landed a major role as Man Friday in the series, Crusoe. Since then he has been appearing in some major series in television history.
He made a guest appearance in NCIS: Los Angeles on M-Net in July last year where he played the role of an interrogator. Chirisa also appeared in several film projects that include American Horror Story, Diamonds, Skin and Mrs Mandela.
Chirisa is arguably Zimbabwe’s most successful actor at the moment.
The only other actor who has fared equally-well is South Africa-based Leeroy Gopal who rose to fame in Zimbabwe as Tiyane Tsumba in the film Yellow Card.
Gopal landed a guest role in the popular South African soapie Generations early this year where he played the role of a chauffeur for a wealthy businessman called Mr Robert.
The role on South Africa’s most popular soapie made the former Yellow Card actor the second Zimbabwean to feature on Generations after Yvonne Katsande who starred as a wealthy cousin of media mogul Mawande Memela.
The Zimbabwean actor broke into the South African acting industry on the soapie Backstage where he played the role of Duma Mzamo.
Gopal has also appeared in top South African film productions like Hola Mpinji, Home Affairs, Jozi-H, One Way and Ses’Top La.