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21 MAR

Stormzy will make TV debut in BBC One adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses

by Metro
Stormzy will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a character created for the TV series (Picture: Getty Images)

Stormzy has joined the cast of the much anticipated BBC One drama Noughts & Crosses, an adaptation of Malorie Blackmans acclaimed childrens novel.

The star will play newspaper editor Kolawale, a character created for the TV series.

As a diehard fan of Malories novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true, he said.

Malorie Blackman said: The first time I met Stormzy he informed me he was a huge fan of my Noughts and Crosses series of books.

Im thrilled he will now be a part of the Noughts + Crosses TV production. Its so exciting!

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman Publisher: Random House
Noughts & Crosses is set in an alternative Britain in which a black ruling class subjugates a white population (Picture: Random House)

Executive producer Preethi Mavahalli added: As an icon of black British culture, we are honoured to have Stormzy play a part in this adaptation of a novel hes such a fan of.

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Jay-Zs Roc Nation has teamed up BBC One to bring highly anticipated TV adaptation of the hit novel series penned by Malorie to life.

Malorie Blackman is bringing out a new book in the noughts and crosses series
Malorie held the position of Childrens Laureate from 2013 to 2015(Picture: Malorie Blackman.com)

The entertainment giant, founded by the rapper, and Mammoth Screen – producers of Poldark and Victoria – will be taking on the story set in an alternative Britain in which a black ruling class subjugates a white population.

The story follows two young friends, Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their colour but united by forbidden love and burning injustice.

Sephy is a member of the black class and daughter of a prominent politician, while Callum is a nougth, a white member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses and suffers extreme racial discrimination and segregation.

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