Stormzy to play newspaper editor in BBC adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts & Crosses’

"Being a part of this important show is a dream come true."

Stormzy has joined the cast of BBC One’s anticipated drama Noughts & Crosses, an upcoming adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s hugely popular children’s novel.

The grime titan will make his TV acting debut in the role of newspaper editor Kolawale, a new character created for the TV series.

“As a diehard fan of Malorie’s novels, being a part of this important show is a dream come true,” Stormzy said.


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

“I’m thrilled he will now be a part of the Noughts + Crosses TV production. It’s so exciting!”

Malorie Blackman and Jay-Z

Stormzy’s involvement comes after it was revealed last year that Jay-Z’s Roc Nation will act as executive producers and handle the soundtrack for the  adaptation.

The Young Adult book has remained consistently popular since its release in 2001 and tells the story of a world tipped on its head, where white people suffer widespread prejudice at the hands of a black ruling class.

While full details of the show are yet to emerge, it’s expected to follow the story of young friends Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their colour. Sephy is a “Cross,” a prominent member of the black ruling class and the daughter of a powerful politician.


Callum, meanwhile, is a Nought and a member of the oppressed white class.

Describing the forthcoming BBC series, Participant Media’s Jonathan King told Variety: “When we saw ‘Noughts & Crosses,’ we were captivated immediately. Music and popular culture are huge parts of the fabric of the show, and we couldn’t be more excited that Roc Nation is joining the team.”


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