Exclusive: 'The Wire' grad Gbenga Akinnagbe joins 'Nurse Jackie'

gbenga-akinnagbeImage Credit: Tommaso Boddi/PR PhotosNurse Jackie is getting an infusion of new blood: The Wire‘s Gbenga Akinnagbe has scored a major recurring role on the Showtime dramedy, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Akinnagbe’s character — who will be introduced halfway through Jackie‘s upcoming third season — is the new temp nurse at All Saints. He’s described as handsome, qualified, and much-liked by his peers.

Akinnagbe is on board for a minimum of seven episodes.

Jackie‘s third season is slated to premiere in early ’11.

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  • Larry David

    This guy was the worst on ‘The Wire’. ‘Nurse Jackie’ is terrible anyway so they make for a perfect match.

    • Ana

      Are you sure you aren’t confusing him with Jamie Hector?

      • pepa

        I’m with you, Ana.
        He must have been talking about Jamie/Marlo, who guest starred on Lie to Me recently and made, again, zero impression.

    • Sarah

      The worst? Are you kidding? He was a great chatacter!!!!!!! I’m happy to see again, but I kinda miss the hair

    • laylagalise

      I’m assuming you mean that his character was the worst, because he was excellent (acting-wise) on ‘The Wire.’ I wonder if this means that he’ll no longer show up on ‘The Good Wife.’

  • T.C.

    Yeah, they really should have included what character this actor played on The Wire. There were so many characters on The Wire that it’s hard to be sure without an imdb search, but this guy played Chris Partlow. And to comment on the previous two postings, there wasn’t a bad performance by anyone in that show. I really don’t write this easily, but it really was as close to perfection as any television show has ever gotten.

  • Laura

    Yay! I love to see Wire actors getting work. Chris Partlow was a bad, bad man but the actor was great.

  • Tim

    Sorry, the character Chris, was frightening. Gent’s performance was layered, dark and SUPER creepy.

    I’m with you T.C. I find nothing negative to report about ‘The Wire’.

  • debsagrrl

    I will take any actor from “The Wire”..any day… but I still miss
    Momo…

    • Carrie

      ITA. I’ll miss Momo (haven’t yet watched Season 2). He was one of the main reason’s I started watching Nurse Jackie. Anyone know when Season 2 will be released on DVD?

  • sarah

    Nurse Jackie is an awesome show thank u very much Larry David,and seriously nobody cares what u think on every blog GET A LIFE!

  • Donnie

    New temp nurse? Does this mean that Sam will be gone?

  • Marlo Stansfield

    How you going to have Chris without Snoop? It’s great to know that the actors and actresses from The Wire are getting their due for playing in one of the greatest shows on TV.

    • bob

      Snoop won’t be around for a while. She was recently picked up in a big drug bust in Baltimore. For real.

  • devon

    Gee I hope he is NOT going to be a love interest for Jackie or Zoe.

  • charles

    While I have no problem with this guy, I am wondering why not JUST BRING MOMO BACK!?

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