Deacon at the BAFTA Awards in February 2012
4 March 1983 |
Hackney, London, England
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director, rapper|
Adam Steven Deacon (born 4 March 1983) is an English film actor, rapper, writer and director. He is best known for his lead role in the films Kidulthood, the sequel Adulthood and for his directorial debut, Anuvahood.
Deacon was brought up by his mother in Stoke Newington, Hackney. His father is of Moroccan descent, and walked out on the family when he was two years old, and to this date the pair have never had any contact.
Although his acting career began with guest appearances in Bill's New Frock, Shooters, Ali G Indahouse and The Bill He also starred in the ITV drama Wall Of Silence in 2004, Deacon's major breakthrough came when he landed a starring role in the urban drama film Kidulthood. Since, he has worked with Kidulthood writer Noel Clarke on a number of other projects, including the sequel Adulthood, 188.8.131.52, and the one-off television pilot West 10 LDN. When Deacon became increasingly frustrated with what he felt was a 'glass ceiling' above him in his acting career, he took matters in his own hands by co-writing, co-directing and playing the lead role in his own urban comedy, Anuvahood. The film is described as, "a pulls-no-punches, coming-of-age story, centring on one directionless hopeless 'shotter', who finds his true worth in the face of urban adversity." Following this, Time Out magazine labeled Deacon "The New Face of Youth Cinema".
In February 2012, he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award, an award that former collaborator Noel Clarke won three years previously, for his work on Anuvahood. Since then, Deacon has appeared in many lead and supporting roles in feature films, including Bonded by Blood, Jack Falls, Shank, Everywhere and Nowhere and Payback Season amongst others. He had a guest role in Victim. In November 2012, he co-hosted the Music of Black Origin Awards telecast with Miquita Oliver where Deacon played a comical part in the awards.
In January 2015, he was arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act after police were called to reports of a man reportedly armed with a machete style knife and threatening members of the public in London. He was unable to attend a hearing in March due to being "in hospital for treatment for underlying mental health issues" and the case has been adjourned until April 30.
|1998||Bill's New Frock||Rohan||Main Character|
|2002||Shooters||Drug Runner||Guest role|
|Ali G Indahouse||East Staines Massiv||Guest role|
|Bonded by Blood||Darren Nicholls||Main character|
|2011||Jack Falls||Hogan||Guest role|
|Everywhere and Nowhere||Zaf||Guest role|
|2012||Payback Season||Jerome Davies||Main character|
|Outside Bet||Sam||Main character|
|Is Harry on the Boat?||Tyler|
|The Ghost Squad||Rakesh Homaine|
|2006||The Bill||Billy Aldridge|
|Alan & Samir||Samir|
|2008||West 10 LDN||Nathan|
|One of Those Days||Angel Steward|
|Love Soup||Hooded thief|
|Criminal Justice||Drug dealer|
|2010||Phone Shop||Paul Mohammad|
|2011||The Boarding School Bomber||Isa Ibrahim|
|The Royal Bodyguard||Shop robber|
|Can We Trust the Police?||Presenter / Narrator|
|2014||Inside No. 9||Si (episode 4: "Last Gasp")|
|2006||Plan B||"Bizness Woman"||Beatboxer|
|2009||Professor Green||"Before I Die"||Ambulance driver|
|"Hard Night Out"||Drummer|
|Bashy||"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"||Himself|
|2010||Chipmunk||"Chip Diddy Chip"|
|2012||Angel featuring Misha B||"Ride or Die" from Time After Time (Remixes) - EP||Group Therapy Attendee|
- "Keep Moving" (with Bashy, featuring Paloma Faith) (2010)
- "Hype Hype Ting" (with Boy Better Know and JME) (2011)
- "Do It" (featuring Professor Green) (2011)
- "People's Champion" (2012)
- "Flying High" (2012)
- '"Solder" (2013)
- Kidulthood profile, imdb.com; accessed 2 March 2015.
- "Crunchtime for Hackney actor and BAFTA hopeful Adam Deacon", Hackney Gazette, 8 February 2012.
- Anuvahood profile, imdb.com; accessed 2 March 2015.
- "Adam Deacon: the new face of youth cinema". Time Out. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- Miquita Oliver and Adam Deacon present MOBO awards, mobo.com; accessed 2 March 2015.
- "Kidulthood star Adam Deacon sectioned under mental health act". Evening Standard. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- One of Those Days BBC Film Network
- Gunrush ITV Press Centre
- The Boarding School Bomber BBC Programmes
- Adam Deacon at the Internet Movie Database
- – Film review: Adulthood, The Scotsman
- – Dizzee Rascal on Adulthood soundtrack
- Guardian interview with Deacon. "Adam Deacon: 'I was too street and too scary for directors'" 19 February 2012.
- "Adam Deacon: Streetwise star who knows the score". Interview with the Independent. 22 February 2012