Damson Idris: "Mum would dress me in a three-piece golden suit"

Published Apr 04 2021 at 6:00 AM GMT
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  • Peckham-born Damson Idris is a huge name in the US.
  • But back here his star is still rising.
  • He talks to Tim Lewis about breaking out in Snowfall, his American accent, joking with Jay-Z and the joy of dressing upIn 2015, when he was a young actor from Peckham with a couple of theatre credits and, naturally, an episode of Casualty to his Equity card, Damson Idris somehow wangled a big TV audition in Los Angeles.
  • The part was Franklin Saint, a bright kid in South Central LA during the 1980s who becomes a drug kingpin just as the city is on the cusp of a crack cocaine epidemic.
  • Snowfall was the vision of John Singleton, the director of the seminal 1991 coming-of-age film Boyz n the Hood.




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  • Published Apr 4, 2021 6:00 AM GMT