Actor

Devon Terrell

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican–Australian actor
A.K.A.Devon Terrell Currie
Is Actor
From United States of America
Australia
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Gendermale
Birth 23 October 1992, Long Beach
Age28 years
Star signScorpio

Biography

Devon Terrell Currie (born 23 October 1992), known as Devon Terrell, is an American-Australian actor best known for portraying a young Barack Obama in the 2016 biographical film Barry.

Early life and education

Terrell was born in Long Beach, California to an African-American father and Anglo-Indian mother (neé Saxby). At age 5, he moved to Perth, Australia, growing up in Forest Lakes. He attended Edith Cowan University, specialising in drama education. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2013.

Career

Terrell’s first role was in the Steve McQueen series for HBO, Codes of Conduct, which was canceled after the pilot was filmed. Terrell then sought an audition for Barry, feeling an affinity for Obama as both are of mixed race. He said that, when once asked at age 19 what his “dream role” was, it was to portray Obama.

To prepare for the role, he worked with a dialect coach and watched Obama’s speeches to master his accent and manner of speaking. He also trained himself to portray the left-handed Obama, including learning how to write and play basketball with his left hand. He received praise for his portrayal when the trailer for the film was released.

Filmography

Film roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
2016BarryBarack Obama
Television roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
2015Codes of ConductBeverly SnowUnaired pilot