Sahr Ngaujah (Saw En-Gow-Ja) is an American director and actor of Sierra Leonean descent best known for his starring role as Sainte Marina mayor Julian Serrat, who grew up in the killing fields of Liberia and learned early on how to command respect by exploiting every loophole, extorting any mark and cutting off the hands of anyone who steals from him, in the action thriller television series Last Resort, from 2012-2013.
Ngaujah began his career in theatre, working in Atlanta with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. As an actor Ngaujah has had a rich career from the early age of 15 and has worked with the likes of Gerrit Timmers in Rotterdam, Falk Richter in Berlin, Del Hamilton and Tim Habeger in Atlanta, Walter Chakela in Johannesburg and Made n da Shade/MC in Amsterdam.
He has also maintained a presence in the world of film since the late 1990s, with appearances in Passing Glory, A Lesson Before Dying, The Signal, Stomp the Yard and Blood Done Sign My Name, among other films.
Ngaujah is a MA graduate of DasArts, and in Amsterdam earned an Obie Award in 2009 for creating the role of Anikulapo-Kuti when Fela! premiered Off-Broadway at 37 Arts in 2008.
He subsequently repeated his work on Broadway in 2009, as well as in London and in a special Nigerian engagement of the musical. Fela! earned 11 of the 12 possible Tony nominations, including Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ngaujah.
Among his other awards and recognitions for Best Actor in the musical include winning a 2012 Helen Hayes Award and 2012 Toronto Critics Award, earning a 2010 Obie Award, plus receiving a 2009 Lucille Lortel Award and a 2009 Drama Desk Award.