Magazine article Screen International

Sope Dirisu, Stars of Tomorrow 2016

Magazine article Screen International

Sope Dirisu, Stars of Tomorrow 2016

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"My parents are Nigerian and since they are the first generation of immigrants, there's a keen focus for their children to become professionals so that's why I did an economics degree," he says.

However, after graduating from the University of Birmingham, the north London native took part in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages programme in 2012, eventually playing Pericles on stage.

A member of the National Youth Theatre since 2006, he returned there for its intensive REP Company programme in 2013 and hasn't looked back since.

Dirisu notes that he "learnt a lot technically as an actor" on his first major acting role, in Channel 4's The Mill, and the welcoming cast and crew meant he was "eased into the business by the job".

A role as sentient synth Fred on sci-fiseries Humans followed, before the 25-year-old got his first taste of blockbuster film-making on The Huntsman: Winter's War. …

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