Ghanaian-American Actor Nicco Annan Bags 2021 Indie Spirit Nomination

Nicco Annan (Photo by Luis Guanzon BeMoreMedia)

Ghanaian-American actor, Nicco Annan has been nominated for the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

He was nominated for the Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series category for his portrayal of Uncle Clifford on the Starz drama series P-Valley. The series is an adaptation of the Katori Hall play Pussy Valley, in which Annan originated the role.

Nicco Annan (Photo by Damu Malik Photography – © 2020)

Annan was born to a Ghanaian father and African American mother in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

He wanted to pursue acting from a young age, propelling him to study Improvisational Theatre. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the State University of New York-Purchase.

Annan has performed in theatre productions on and off-Broadway. played a lead role in the play The Hot Wing King, which premiered March 2020 off-Broadway.

Nicco Annan (left) on The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall Signature Theatre 2020

He has also featured other TV series including ClawsShamelessThis is Us, and Snowfall. He is also the choreographer for the series All American.

In 2020, he was named on The Hollwood Reporter‘s list of Best TV Performances of 2020.

Nicco Annan on Pussy Valley

In 2009, Annan’s friend recommended him for a role in Pussy Valley, a play by Katori Hall centred on a strip club in the Mississippi Delta. Annan auditioned for and was cast as Uncle Clifford, the club’s non-binary owner. He developed a detailed backstory for the character and portrayed the role in several smaller runs as well as the full production at Mixed Blood Theatre in 2015.

Nicco Annan stars as Uncle Clifford in P-Valley © 2020 STARZ

When the play was ordered for a television adaptation by Starz, Annan again auditioned for the role of Uncle Clifford and was re-cast. P-Valley premiered in 2020.

The 36th Independent Spirit Awards will be held on April 22, 2021, three days before the Oscars.


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