Chris Obi, who plays T'Kuvma, the Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses, on Star Trek: Discovery, studied at Drama Center London and later trained students at Actor in Session, also in London, where he serves as Artistic Director.

Obi made his professional theater debut as a Messenger in Edward Hall's 2002 production of Macbeth, which starred Sean Bean and Samantha Bond. He has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including productions of Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night, and counts among his film and television credits State of Play, Doctor Who, Snow White and the Huntsman, American Gods, Ghost in the Shell, and Roots (2016), executive produced by veteran Star Trek actor and director LeVar Burton.