Derek Cianrance


An instantly recognizable figure of the Ghanaian screen, Fred is a veteran actor once known for playing the "bad guy" or villain (nipa boni), having appeared in over forty films and numerous International productions including the BBC series Holby City. An accomplished gospel singer as well, "Uncle Fred" is known for his generous donation of time and skill to countless projects by Ghana's student filmmakers. In addition, he served in the civil service for thirty-three years and rose to the rank of Acting Director of Supply in Ghana's Ministry of Finance. Fred also lectures in Supply Materials Management at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and in the Ghana's Police Service, Fire Service, and Military. He won numerous awards including: Ghana National Award for Acting (Order of the Volta, Civil Division) in 2008; Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ACRAG) Award for Consistency in 1996; and Best Actor Award, Accra Film Festival in 1994. Stepping into the role of Chief Inspector Darko a week into production, Fred brought a calm professionalism to the production and set a new standard of performance for the many first-time actors who appear in the film.