Meet Micheal Ward, the Top Boy Actor Set to Take Over Our Screens
If you haven't heard of Jamaican-born Micheal Ward, you're about to, because the up-and-coming actor is set to do big things. Raised in Essex from the age of 4, Micheal is most recognisable for his portrayal of Jamie in season three of Top Boy, which was released on Netflix earlier this year after it was commissioned by producer Drake. Originally auditioning for a smaller role as Jamie's brother, landing the leading gig was a dream come true for Micheal, who grew up watching the first two seasons of the show.
Since Top Boy began streaming, he has been cast in Blue Story, a movie about two friends who turn against each other when they join rival street gangs. The film made headlines in 2019 when it was controversially banned for a short time from a selection of UK cinemas after a brawl erupted amongst youths in Birmingham at a cinema where the film was playing. Micheal clapped back, celebrating the film's success as the "highest-grossing UK urban film within its three-day opening weekend, despite losing almost half our screens." Starring in two major productions in just one year proves Micheal is one to watch — so it's not surprising he won the EE Rising Star award at the 2020 BAFTAs. Scroll through to get to know more about Britain's next best thing.