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Adam Deacon


Posted on February 16, 2012, by jack

Dubbed the ‘new face of youth cinema’ by Time Out Magazine, Adam Deacon is one to watch in 2012 – a bright young star that refuses to pack any punches. And this potential was cemented by Deacon’s win at this Sunday’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, where he beat out competition from young stars including Eddie Redmayne and Chris O’Dowd to win the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award. With several strings to his bow, Deacon is not just an actor, but also a rapper and director as well. And at the BAFTAs Deacon proved that he could do grown up red carpet style, looking smart and dapper¬†in a Spencer Hart dinner suit and bow tie.But Deacon’s start in life was a little more humble than the BAFTA red carpet. Growing up in Hackney with his mother, Deacon recently revealed that just ten years ago he was living in a hostel. But his acting break came with his role in Ali G Indahouse, as part of the ‘East Staines Massiv.’ Small and feisty, Deacon managed to both raise a laugh and prove that he had a defiant acting talent. It was this performance that caught the eye of Menhaj Huda and Noel Clarke, director and writer of Kidulthood respectively, and Deacon was cast in a main role. Showcasing a gritty underside of London life, the film was a surprise success, and Deacon’s performance as Jay showed that Deacon could do both comedy and drama.It was a role that Deacon reprised in the sequel, Adulthood, in 2008. Making over ¬£1.2 million in its first week alone, and beating out major blockbusters including Indiana Jones and Sex and the City, Adulthood proved the high caliber of young British cinema. And amongst young people, Adulthood’s stars became poster boys for a new generation.Noel Clarke, as writer and director, managed to reach out to young people, and even seemed to reach out to Deacon himself. Inspired by the success of Adulthood, Adam Deacon decided to create and direct his own feature film, Anuvahood. But is was more than this, Deacon also wanted to challenge himself. Feeling that there was a ‘glass ceiling’ to his prior performances, Deacon wanted to make something that truly represented his own experiences. In an interview with the BBC he said, ‘I was calling my agent and saying, ‘Can we do something? I feel like I’m ready to do something bigger now.’ It was hard.’ Anuvahood was very different to Noel Clarke’s films – colourful, brash – Anuvahood instead drew on the aesthetics of early Spike Lee. But like Spike Lee, behind the comedy was a social commentary on drugs, sexuality and inner city life. It highlighted Deacon as a true young talent – a young person that could write, direct and act. So what is next for this young star? With a number of projects in the pipeline, his latest film is called Payback Season. In a slightly different role, Deacon will star as a premiership footballer who must attempt to balance his old and new lives. And perhaps Hollywood beckons – at the BAFTAs Deacon revealed his desire to go to America and ‘see what happens.’ But whatever the future holds for this BAFTA winning star, his ascent to fame has well and truly begun.