Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Damilola's Smile Still Resonates, Says Actress Who Plays His Mother

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Damilola's Smile Still Resonates, Says Actress Who Plays His Mother

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Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

DAMILOLA TAYLOR'S smile "still resonates" around the world, according to the actress who plays his mother in a new drama about the shocking killing of the 10-year-old.

Wunmi Mosaku seen here in the first image released from BBC1 film Our Loved Boy plays Gloria Taylor, alongside Babou Ceesay as Damilola's father Richard. Filming has just started on the one-off 90-minute programme, which is being made with the support of Mr Taylor. His wife died in 2008.

Damilola was stabbed with a broken bottle in Peckham as he made his way home from the library on November 27, 2000. He bled to death in a stairwell. The drama will not feature his killing and the BBC said it would focus on the effect of his death on his family as they try to get justice for their son.

Brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie, who were 12 and 13 at the time of the killing, were eventually sentenced to eight years for manslaughter after a series of trials. …

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