Magazine article Screen International

Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Paapa Essiedu (Actor)

Magazine article Screen International

Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Paapa Essiedu (Actor)

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Paapa Essiedu

Life was nearly very different for the first black actor to play Hamlet on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Paapa Essiedu had been planning to become a doctor and study medicine at University College London when he had a last-minute change of heart.

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“I had done a couple of plays at school and they were just little comedy bits,” he explains. “But I remember the feeling of being in front of 200 people and doing a line that’s funny and getting a laugh. I remembered the way that gets underneath your skin and the way that gets into your blood. And when that gets inside you, it’s intoxicating.”

Essiedu spent the summer at the National Youth Theatre before he decided to attend drama school. …

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