Ghanaian-American actor, Ato Essandoh has been cast in a new series by streaming giant, Netflix.
Titled ‘Away,’ it tells the story of Emma Green (Hilary Swank), an American astronaut who must leave her husband Matt (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) behind to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous mission.
Producers say the 10-episode series is “about hope, humanity and how we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.”
Essandoh will play the role of Kwesi, a British-Ghanaian botanist and the mission’s only rookie astronaut.
Written by playwright Andrew Hinderaker, the series, loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name, hails from Jason Katims’ True Jack Prods., Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho and Universal Television.
Essandoh is known for his starring role as Vernon Elliot, an ex-soldier whose wife was imprisoned and daughter killed in the 2018 Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon.
His other notable roles includes African-American Jewish doctor Dr. Isidore Latham in Chicago Med, in the 1970s drama Vinyl, and in BBC America’s Copper. His additional television credits include Elementary, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, The Code and Blue Bloods.
Essandoh appeared in the X-Men feature film Dark Phoenix. Previously, he appeared in Jason Bourne, Django Unchained, and Blood Diamond.
Essandoh’s initial theatrical experience was done on a dare while studying chemical engineering at Cornell University. His first major role was as Titembay in the indie film Garden State.
He has appeared onstage with luminaries such as Meryl Streep.
Essandoh was born to Ghanaian parents in Schenectady, New York, United States of America, and named Ato Essilfi Bracato Essandoh,
He is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Sinclair Management, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.