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Joey Ansah

Martial artist, Actor, Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Film Director, Fight Choreographer
Joey Ansah (born 24 November 1982) is a British actor and martial artist best known for his roles in The Bourne Ultimatum and Street Fighter: Legacy. --- Ansah was born in London, England of mixed ethnicity, the second son of celebrated Ghanaian fashion designer Kofi Ansah and his Devon-born wife Nicola. He lived in London for the first 10 years of his life before emigrating with his family to Ghana. While in Ghana, he studied the martial art of Tae Kwon Dofor 4 years and took up hip hop dance and motorbike racing. At 15 he returned to England, settling with his mother and young sister in Plymouth. Whilst studying for his GCSEs and A levels at Devonport High School for Boys, he began training in the martial art of Ninpo Taijutsu. This would include a period of training with Bujinkan Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. Later, while studying for his degree in Human Biology at Oxford Brookes University, he began training in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. He also worked as a model and extra at this time. His first important role as an actor was in the UK indie film Love Struck (2005). Notable appearances on British TV followed in episodes of BBC productions Spooks (2005) and Timewatch (2006). Ansah went on to play a minor role as one of the Shadow Warriors in Batman Begins (2005). However, his most noteworthy role to date came in 2007, when Ansah appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum as Desh Bouksani, an assassin tracking down Jason Bourne. His performance was notable for an extended set-piece fight scene between himself and Matt Damon, regarded by one reviewer as one of the best ever filmed, in which Ansah performed all of his own stunts. In 2008 he was nominated for a MTV Film Award in the 'Best Fight' category. Ansah has also acted in British independent martial arts films, such as Left for Dead and Underground.

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November 24, 1982 (age 41)
Martial artist, Actor, Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Film Director, Fight Choreographer
Nicola Ansah, Kofi Ansah
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