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Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce is Sierra Leonean born film producer, director, actor, manager, founder and CEO of Archie-Pearce Production Ltd registered in the United Kingdom. The  Archie-Pearce Production Ltd is an accredited UK based private limited film Production Company instituted and registered in England and Wales (with registration No: 8672246). The company has achieved very high success with past movie projects and has gained recognition for ‘superior quality and excellence’ in movie production.

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Amb Collins Archie- Pearce was born in Freetown, he left for the UK in the early 90s. He furthered his education at Croydon College where he studied Business Management and graduated in March 2008. 

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He started his career as an actor in the late 90s and was later trained by the British Film Institute (BFI) where he developed his Acting & Directing skills. He has been featured in over 50 Nollywood movies in both UK and Africa.

Amb Collins Archie- Pearce was awarded as Sierra Leonean Diaspora Movie Ambassadorby Diaspora Focus organization in Sierra Leone and also Africa’s Best Cross Over Artiste Ambassador by Magic Lens Organization in Nigeria. 

Amb Collins Archie- Pearce has proudly produced over seven international acclaimed Sierra Leonean films and a couple of those films are being shown on IROKOtv and major airlines across the globe.

These films include: Ibu in Sierra Leone’, ‘Devil in Freetown’, ‘I Can’t get you off my mind’, ‘Flight 442’ ‘The British Expert’, ‘Banjul my love’, ‘Transform’, and Co-produced ‘The Menace’, ‘Broken Cross’, ‘The Soul’, etc. Most of these films were shot in The UK, The Gambia, USA, and Sierra Leone.

In 2014, Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce in his quest to improve Sierra Leone film industry, surprisingly invited four Sierra Leonean actors and film producers (from Sierra Leone) to the UK to attend an acting & film production training session organized by the British Film Institute” (FBI) and to subsequently feature in one of his film productions titled Flight 442.

In 2015, Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce further invited four more Sierra Leonean Actors and film producers to the UK, to associate with other actors & film producers (in the UK), thereby given them an opportunity to enhance their film producing and acting skills.

Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce insisted that he will never stop doing what he is doing until Sierra Leone is globally recognized and secure a space on the map of entertainment. He has attended over 50 Television interviews in the UK and other countries in relation to his Sierra Leone film production business and in all of those interviews, he has always spoken highly of Sierra Leone and encourages the listeners to support Sierra Leone films/ entertainment sector.

Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce is not only a Sierra Leonean film Producer and Director, but also a world-class Actor and has been featured in several Nollywood and Sierra Leonean films both in the UK and Africa. These films include: ‘Rubicon’, ‘Amina’, ‘Shameful Deceit’, ‘Battered’,  ‘Ibu in Sierra Leone’, ‘London na wa’, ‘The Soul’, ‘Otega and his Enemies’, ‘The King Makers’, ‘Complicated’, ‘Home abroad’, ‘Blood type’, ‘Broken Cross’, ‘I can’t get you out of my mind’, ‘National Virus’, ‘The Devil in Freetown’, ‘The Menace’, ‘Love counts’, ‘Enchained’, ‘Oxford Gardens’ The British Expert, Santana City, The Village Girl, Passport sake, Gilo and Sheena, Banjul my love, ‘Make-up Artist’, ‘Stingy uncle’, JC Trouble’, ‘Transform’, Nwanyi Achicha, Oga Detective, Plus Size, Apostle Do Good, The Patriot, Point of No Return, Bowtie, Broadway, This is not about you, House Share, Redemption, etc.

Collins Archie-Pearce has also been featured on International television in the UK for the past nine years, playing the role of a business tycoon in a TV drama/series titled ‘Everyday life’ (which was showing on four Sky Television channels in the UK).

Collins Archie-Pearce worked for London Underground Ltd for the past 23 years as a Senior Manager at Elephant & Castle on the Bakerloo line.

Through his movie production registered in the UK, he has built a great portfolio, thereby managing most of the top Nollywood actors including Patience Ozorkwo, Desmond Elliott, Van Vicker, Mike Ezuroenye, Osita Iheme (Pawpaw), John Okafor (Mr. Ibu), Kenneth Okonkwo, John Domelo, Alex Ekubo, Nino Bolanle, Gifty Powers, Chinese Wilfred, Okey Bakassi, Ali Nuhu, Lanre Balogun, Anthony Monjero, Victoria Inyama, Atto Erick, Ifunaya Igwe, Adaeze Ngozi, Chinwe Owoh, Bob Manuel, Charles Awurum, KSB, Joannes May, Daniel K Daniel, Prince David Osei, and many more.

He also manages non-Nollywood Actors including Winstina Taylor, Sarna Kanu, Desmond Finney, Martha Sesay, Salamatu Kargbo, Christiana Kamara, Tyron Da Prince, etc.

Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce’s achievements

Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce’s achievements and recognitions include: Unsung Heroes Award 2013 by Calabash Magazine , Recognition Award for contribution to the African Film Industry in the UK 2013 by ZAFAA , Most impactful member 2011 by the Redeem Christian Church of God,Woolwich , Best Movie Premiere “Ibu in Sierra Leone” 2013 by Sierra Leone Excellence Awards; Best Sierra Leone Film Producer 2014 by the Universal Achievement Awards;, Outstanding Contribution to Cinema by United Artist,  Best Supporting Actor 2014 by AWOL, Best Film Producer (UK) 2015 by Malisha Da Queen Foundation, Outstanding Support in the Film Industry by Malisha Da Queen Foundation, Best Community Supporter by Malisha Da Queen Foundation, Best Supporting Actor 2015 by BEFFTA Award, Crowned, Diaspora Movie Ambassador by Diaspora Focus organisation, Sierra Leone, Performance and Excellence in Community work and Nation building, by the Disabled international Foundation SL/UK 2016, Recognition award for hs contribution to the African Film Industry 2016, by the Cameroon Films & Movie Academy, Best UK Nollywood Producer by Head To Head entertainments & award organisation, The film he jointly produced “Devil in Freetown” has received about 7 awards in various categories, Ambassador for Goodwill and Leadership by True African Heritage Organisation, Best Foreign Producer award by Special Movie Award Organisation (Gambia), Panache Global Entertainment for “Outstanding Achievement in Movie & Community Development”,  Best Film and Video by African Entrepreneur Awards UK 2016, Best International Acts by National Entertainment Awards, Best film Director 2017 by SIIKETV awards USA, Support to the Community by BJO Amara Association, Special Honorary award by BEFFTA , Africa Best Cross Over Producer by Magic Len Productions, Lifetime achievement award by HAPAward in LA (Hollywood), Achievement award by African Business Women, Special Recognition award by Noble People International Magazine, Excellence in youth leadership award, Lifetime Achievement award by Siike TV Rising Star Academy Award body, Best Lead Actor award by Siike TV Rising Star Academy Award body, Support to Humanity by    Kings Humanity, Outstanding performance & contribution – Rhoda Wilson Production, His film “Ibu in Sierra Leone has also won 6 awards in different categories,  Leadership strides & Consistency award by NELAS in Nigeria, 2019-2020 Top 100 most influential personalities and brands in Nollywood by NELAS in Nigeria, Best Sierra Leone Action Movie (The British Expert) by Sierra Lebrity, Best Movie Director by Sierra Lebrity, Best Movie Producer by Sierra Lebrity, Best Diaspora Director 2019 by NELAS in UK and  Over 15 certificates awarded for his contribution towards the film/entertainment industry.

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At Salone Messenger, we had exclusive interview with him remotely via WhatsApp call.

Q. What sort of character do you like playing and why?

“I would first of all like to say that I could play any character that I’m cast for. I like playing the “Loverboy” character. The reason being that such character depicts my ability to switch emotions and reveals my versatility.”

Q. If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would you suggest to play you?

 “I would suggest someone who is a high profile actor and shares some facial resemblance with the help of makeup.” 

Q. When did you act your first movie and what is its title?

 “I was featured in my first film in 2006 and it’s titled “Everyday life.”

Q. What’s your favorite movie you have acted and why?

 “My favorite movie I’ve acted in is “Banjul my Love”. Reason being that it reveals a different part of me with so many emotions.”

Q. What are some of the actors or actresses you have acted with?

“Some of the Actors I’ve acted with include: Omotola Jalade, John Okafor (aka Mr. Ibu), Kenneth Okonkwo, Zack Orji, Van Vicker, John Domelo, Nino Bolanle, Chinese Wilfred, Chinwe Owoh, Lanre Balogun, Ifunanya Igwe, Jimmy Bangura, Desmond Finney, Adeyemi Lardner, T.J. Cole, Prince Wilson, Lloyd Zachy, John Ade, HRH Fatima Bio, Salami Carew, Michaela Sallu, Kadijah Koroma, Henrietta Mbawa, Isha Bangura, Jane Cole, Rassie Bah, Phebian Swill

Etc.”

Q. How is your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?

 “Sunday afternoon is my best day. It’s very peaceful and blessed.”

Q. When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?

“Rehearsing my scripts and using the gents, if I need to.”

Q. What do you do when you are not into filming activities?

“I have a full-time job and also own a production company, so if I’m not on set, I spend my time doing other stuff relating to my main job or Production Company.”

Q. Which male actor in or out of Sierra Leone would you like to act with and why?

 “Idris Elba. He is a British and Hollywood actor and my dream has been to feature in a big Hollywood film.”

Q. If you are given an opportunity to change two things in the Sierra Leone movie industry what would they be?

 “The two things I would change are: The process of film making and distribution, the manner in which actors are cast for major roles.”

Q. What is your message to your fans?

“Please take your career seriously and ensure you hone your craft.

Take every task you’re given seriously and deliver to the best of your ability. Respect those who’ve been there before you and when you are at the top, please remember to be humble. Be honest and protect your integrity at all times.”

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