Star Profile: Adam Deacon

Mimi ON Jan 23, 2012 AT 9:31 am

Adam Deacon

Adam Deacon’s gritty past hasn’t kept him from becoming one of London’s up and coming movie stars.

Dubbed the “new face of youth cinema” by Time Out magazine, the wild card actor has starred in various films, including Kidulthood, Adulthood, Shank and 4321, and is one of five final nominees up for Orange’s 2012 BAFTA Rising Star Award, which celebrates emerging acting talent.

The 28-year-old actor and musician grew up in Hackney’s now-demolished King’s Place estate. Deacon was the only son of his mother and Middle Eastern father who left when Adam was two.

Deacon’s acting career launched at age 12 when he was encouraged to act with the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington, which gives troubled children a chance to perform on stage. Scher fast-tracked Deacon at the school herself, someone Deacon describes as both a mentor and fairy godmother.

Adam Deacon in Anuvahood

Deacon, who quit school and lived in a hostel at 16, made his debut in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2002 satirical film Ali G Indahouse and rose to prominence after starring in Kidulthood and the 2008 sequel Adulthood. His television credits include the main role in The Boarding School Bomber, Dead Set and West 10 LDN.

Deacon is also the writer, director and lead actor in the 2011 British comedy Anuvahood. Deacon plays Kay in the film, which incorporates both comedy and hardship drawn from his own life experience.

The rising star’s list of notable achievements doesn’t stop at acting – Deacon is also a musician and performer noted for his tracks “Adamhood” and “On It 08” on the Adulthood soundtrack.


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