Emmanuel Kabongo

Emmanuel Kabongo was born in The Democratic Republic of Congo and relocated to South Africa with his family before moving to Toronto in 1998. The oldest of five, Emmanuel turned down a basketball scholarship to pursue an acting career. After making his television debut in 2010 on the television series 'Breakout' for the National Geographic/Discovery Channel, Emmanuel continued to make guest appearances on various TV series such as CW's Nikita, HBO's Call Me Fitz, CBC's Murdoch Mysteries, Netflix's Hemlock Grove, ABC's Rookie Blue and Quantico. 

Kabongo made his film debut in 2013 while playing a lead character in the critically acclaimed feature The Animal Project (Ingrid Veninger, director; TIFF 2013 Official Selection). The year following, in 2014, Emmanuel had a supporting role in the feature film Pompei (Paul W.S Anderson; director) and in 2016 he was a supporting actor in the feature film Antibirth (Sundance 2016 Official Selection). 

Emmanuel produced and starred in the YouTube sensational, award winning web-series, Teenagers. In 2015, Kabongo was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (Best Performance) for his role of "T" in the second season of Teenagers. In 2015, Kabongo was also granted a BravoFactual grant award to produce his short film A Man's Story, which premiered at the 2016 ReelWorld Film Festival and won the Impact Award for best short film of the festival. Kabongo is an alumni of the Actors Conservatory Program at the Canadian Film Centre (2014).