Meet The Guyanese-Roots Stars Heating Things Up On Top Rated US Shows

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Another Guyanese-roots actor currently on prime time TV is Ukweli Roach.
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On Fox TV, Actress Kylie Bunbury, whose father is Guyanese, is heating things up in ‘Pitch’ as a talented female baseball pitcher.

By NAN ET EDITOR

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 30, 2016: Two Guyanese-roots stars are on prime time shows on US television this season.

 On Fox TV, Actress Kylie Bunbury, whose father is Guyanese, is heating things up in ‘Pitch’ as a talented female baseball pitcher.

Bunbury, the Canada-born daughter of Guyanese-born retired Professional Soccer Player and International Football Ambassador for Guyana, Alex Bunbury, plays Ginny Baker who immediately rises to fame when she is called up by the San Diego Padres and becomes the first woman in Major League Baseball. She immediately sets in on the task of proving herself to her teammates, starting with team captain and catcher Mike Lawson. The two share an immediate chemistry, putting Mike in the middle of tensions between the beautiful new player and certain teammates who don’t appreciate a woman out on the mound. Not all of her fellow Padres are so averse to change, with center fielder Blip Sanders providing support through her journey.

Before Bunbury starred in pitch she never played baseball. Now she is throwing at speeds of 55-60 mph.

Bunbury, 27, originally worked as a model, but then her agency suggested she try acting. She landed her first role as Kathleen in Days of Our Lives for one episode. She also had roles in Prom and The Sitter and on February 26, 2015, portrayed the role of Eva in the science fiction CBS television series ‘Under the Dome’ before getting the lead in Pitch.

The show’s first episode aired on September 22, 2016 and airs every Thursday night at 9 p.m. on Fox.

 

Another talented Guyanese-roots actor currently on prime time TV is Ukweli Roach.

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Another Guyanese-roots actor currently on prime time TV is Ukweli Roach.

Roach returns this season as reserved psychologist Dr. Robert Border in the NBC hit series Blindspot, which has now moved to Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.

Roach, 31, was born in England to an English mother and Guyanese father. His name Ukweli means ‘Truth’ in Swahili. He attended London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated in 2009. Roach is also an accomplished street dancer and was an artistic director of dance company Birdgang which toured with the Blaze international dance show and appeared in pop videos with the likes of Mariah Carey and Kylie Minogue. He also starred in the cinema film’ Streetdance 3D’ but later came to a wider audience with his first big TV break playing Tom Greening, a lawyer who also happens to be an angel in the drama series ‘Eternal Law.’

He got his big break with Blindspot in 2015.  Roach has been extremely underrated for his work on Blindspot, and that seems set to change this season with a (seemingly) renewed focus on the supporting characters (meaning, not the main star Jane or Agent Weller) but the personal relationship  between Borden and Agent Patterson.