Adam Deacon

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Adam Deacon
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Born (1983-03-04) 4 March 1983 (age 33)
Hackney, London, England
Occupation Actor, writer, director, rapper
Years active 1995–present
Criminal charge Harassment without violence[1]
Criminal status Guilty, awaiting sentencing[1]

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,[2] sequel Adulthood and for his directorial debut, Anuvahood. Convicted in 2015 of harassment without violence against fellow actor Noel Clarke,[1] he is also awaiting trial on threatening members of the public with a machete.


Deacon was brought up by his English mother in Stoke Newington, Hackney. His father is Moroccan, and walked out on the family when he was two years old, and to this date the pair have never had any contact.[3]

Although his acting career began with guest appearances in Bill's New Frock, Shooters, Ali G Indahouse and The Bill[citation needed] he also starred in the ITV drama Wall Of Silence in 2004.[citation needed] Deacon's breakthrough came when he landed a starring role in the urban drama film Kidulthood. He then worked with Kidulthood writer Noel Clarke on a number of other projects until 2011, including the sequel Adulthood,, and the one-off television pilot West 10 LDN.[citation needed]

Deacon co-wrote, co-directed and played the lead role in urban comedy Anuvahood.[4] Following this, Time Out magazine labeled Deacon "The New Face of Youth Cinema".[5] In February 2012, he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Deacon has since appeared in many lead and supporting roles in feature films, including Bonded by Blood, Jack Falls, Shank, Everywhere and Nowhere and Payback Season.[citation needed] 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.[6]

Legal problems[edit]

In January 2015, he was arrested after police were called to reports of a man reportedly armed with a machete style knife and threatening members of the public in London.[7] He was unable to attend a hearing in March due to being "in hospital for treatment for underlying mental health issues" and the case was adjourned until 30 April.[7]

In July 2015 he was found guilty of Harassment without violence at West London Magistrates' Court, having waged a two-year campaign of abuse on social media against fellow actor Noel Clarke. Clarke and Deacon had been friends since 2003, but after he had given Deacon parts in his films Kidulthood and Adulthood, in 2011 Deacon signed a deal with another company to make his film Anuvahood, and cut Clarke out of the project. Clarke then received a barrage of abuse from Deacon, including accusations that he had sabotaged Deacon's career, which Clarke stated was not true. On 20 July Deacon was found guilty.[1] The court, which heard that Deacon had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been self-medicating using skunk cannabis, banned Deacon from contacting Clarke again.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Bill's New Frock Rohan Main Character
2002 Shooters Drug Runner Guest role
Ali G Indahouse East Staines Massiv Guest role
2006 Kidulthood Jay Main character
Wilderness Blue Main character
2007 Sugarhouse Ray Guest role
2008 Adulthood Jay Main character
2010 Shank Kickz Main character Dillon Guest role
Bonded by Blood Darren Nicholls Main character
2011 Jack Falls Hogan Guest role
Anuvahood Kenneth Main character
Everywhere and Nowhere Zaf Guest role
2012 Payback Season Jerome Davies Main character
Outside Bet Sam Main character
Victim Zhartash Guest role
Comedown Jason Main character
2014 Montana Pitt Main character


Year Title Role
2001 London's Burning Kevin
Spaced Fighter
2003 The Bill KB
Is Harry on the Boat? Tyler
2005 Sugar Rush Darren
The Ghost Squad Rakesh Homaine
2006 The Bill Billy Aldridge
Casualty Tyrell Cate
2007 Dubplate Drama Bones
Alan & Samir Samir
2008 West 10 LDN Nathan
One of Those Days Angel Steward[9]
Love Soup Hooded thief
Dead Set Space
2009 Grownups Lewis
Being Human Marco
Gunrush Jello[10]
Criminal Justice Drug dealer
2010 Phone Shop Paul Mohammad
2011 The Boarding School Bomber Isa Ibrahim[11]
2012 Celebrity Juice Himself
The Royal Bodyguard Shop robber
Britain Unzipped Himself
Can We Trust the Police? Presenter / Narrator
2014 Inside No. 9 Si (episode 4: "Last Gasp")
Babylon Robbie
In Deep Jimmy

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Role
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 Bashy "London Town"
2012 Angel featuring Misha B "Ride or Die" from Time After Time (Remixes) - EP Group Therapy Attendee




  1. ^ a b c d "Adam Deacon guilty of sending 'death threats' to Doctor Who star Noel Clarke". Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Kidulthood profile,; accessed 2 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Crunchtime for Hackney actor and BAFTA hopeful Adam Deacon", Hackney Gazette, 8 February 2012.
  4. ^ Anuvahood profile,; accessed 2 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Adam Deacon: the new face of youth cinema". Time Out. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Miquita Oliver and Adam Deacon present MOBO awards,; accessed 2 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Kidulthood star Adam Deacon sectioned under mental health act". Evening Standard. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Adam Deacon banned from contacting Noel Clarke after 'trolling'". Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  9. ^ One of Those Days BBC Film Network
  10. ^ Gunrush Archived 27 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ITV Press Centre
  11. ^ The Boarding School Bomber BBC Programmes

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