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Yann Demange, Director of Ch. 4’s “Top Boy”, Wants More Opportunities For Black Actors In U.K.

by Emmanuel Akitobi
September 29, 2011 1:00 AM
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Yesterday we told you about the forthcoming four-part mini-series Top Boy, set to air in November on the U.K.’s Channel 4, and featuring rising star Ashley Walters. A majority of the program’s cast is comprised of black actors, as its story focuses on the drug-dealing inhabitants of a public housing estate. StereoTypical-- I know. But, sadly, Top Boy will be one of the rare occurrences where U.K. viewers will get to see that many black actors on screen at once.

Now, the French-Algerian/London-raised director of Top Boy, Yann Demange, is speaking up on behalf of his actors, and calling for more professional opportunities to be made available to them.

This, of course, is not a new argument. For many years, Black actors across the globe have expressed this sentiment repeatedly. However, it’s good to see someone who very easily could have remained silent on the matter, take a stand and speak on it publicly. Demange told The Stage that there should be an in increase in “colour-blind” casting in television.

Demange made the call after admitting that many of the young, black actors employed on his latest project - the forthcoming Channel 4 drama Top Boy - will find it difficult to continue working in the profession because of the shortage of roles on offer to them.

Most of the cast had never performed before landing parts in Top Boy.

Demange said: “One of them has the bug and has real talent and I would definitely use him again, but there are not enough roles [for black actors].”

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3 Comments

  • Alexis Buntin | December 4, 2012 5:52 PMReply

    hi Mr Demange, my name is Alexis Buntin and i am an aspiring young black actor; and i will like to be apart of your drama ('Top boy'). I have watched your first series of 'Top boy' and have grown a huge interest in acting. I am 15 years of age and have just moved from Hackney to Walthamstow; I would like you to keep me updated and give me an audition; thank you.

  • darkan | September 29, 2011 3:59 AMReply

    Don't worry Yann, they'll be fine. They'll all just float across the pond and get work here through all the big agencies and take jobs from the lazy, shiftless young black actors who aren't as disciplined as the young black brits. Plenty of work for them here! *Sarcasm*

  • me | September 29, 2011 2:28 AMReply

    ...Wow , he used to be my teacher ...I think he is british first...

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