Deacon at the BAFTA Awards in February 2012
4 March 1983 |
Hackney, London, England
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director, rapper|
|Awards||BAFTA Rising Star Award|
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, sequel Adulthood and for his directorial debut, Anuvahood.
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.
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 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, 22.214.171.124. and the one-off television pilot West 10 LDN.
Deacon co-wrote, co-directed and played the lead role in urban comedy Anuvahood. Following this, Time Out magazine labeled Deacon "The New Face of Youth Cinema". 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. 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 July 2015 he was found guilty of harassment without violence at West London Magistrates' Court, having had a highly publicised feud with Noel Clarke with accusations of Clarke sabotaging Deacon's career, which Clarke stated was not true. On 20 July Deacon was found guilty. 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.
On 7 April 2016 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. He was unable to attend a hearing in March due to being "in hospital for treatment for underlying mental health issues". On 7 April the jury delivered two not-guilty verdicts for affray and possessing an offensive weapon accepting Deacon was mentally ill and not criminally responsible for his actions.
Deacon has since been outspoken about the lack of services available for people with mental health issues and works closely with mental health charity Mind to encourage young people to communicate with someone with their issues.
|1998||Bill's New Frock||Rohan|
|2002||Shooters||Drug Runner (uncredited)|
|Ali G Indahouse||East Staines Massiv|
|Bonded by Blood||Darren Nicholls|
|Everywhere and Nowhere||Zaf|
|2012||Payback Season||Jerome Davies|
|2017||The Bromley Boys||Herbie Lane|
|2001||London's Burning||Kevin (Series 13, Episode 3)|
|2003||The Bill||KB (2 Episodes)|
|Is Harry on the Boat?||Tyler|
|A Touch of Frost||Darryl Stephens (Episode: "Another Life")|
|Spooks||Billy (Episode: "Clean Skin")|
|2004||Wall of Silence||Aaron Cole|
|2005||Sugar Rush||Darren (Series 1, Episode 1)|
|The Ghost Squad||Rakesh Homaine (Series 1, Episode 1: "One of Us")|
|2006||The Bill||Billy Aldridge (7 Episodes)|
|Casualty||Tyrell Cate (2 Episodes: "The Sunny Side of the Street", Parts 1 & 2)|
|2007||Dubplate Drama||Bones (Series 2, 6 Episodes)|
|Katy Brand's Big Ass Show||Himself (2 Episodes)|
|Alan & Samir||Samir|
|2008||West 10 LDN||Nathan|
|One of Those Days||Angel Steward|
|Love Soup||Hooded Thief (Episode: "Smoke and Shadows")|
|Dead Set||Space (5 Episodes)|
|2009||Grownups||Lewis (Episode: "Me Me Me")|
|Being Human||Marco (Episode: "Bad Moon Rising")|
|Casualty||Jed Francis (Episode "Stand By Me")|
|Criminal Justice||Drug Dealer (Series 2, 3 Episodes)|
|2010||Phone Shop||Paul Mohammad (Episode: "Doctor Who")|
|2011||The Boarding School Bomber||Isa Ibrahim|
|Casualty||Jed Francis (Episode: "Secrets and Lies")|
|2012||Celebrity Juice||Himself (Panellist)|
|The Royal Bodyguard||Hart (Series 1, Episode 2: "The Siege of Blenheim Square")|
|Britain Unzipped||Himself (Panellist)|
|Can We Trust the Police?||Narrator|
|Gates||Calvin (Series 1, Episode 4)|
|2014||Inside No. 9||Si (Series 1, Episode 4: "Last Gasp")|
|Babylon||Robert 'Robbie' Bass (7 Episodes)|
|In Deep||Jimmy Swan|
|2016||Suspects||Ajam Kamar (Series 5, Episode 1: "The Enemy Within, Part 1")|
|Casualty||Himself (Episode: "Not in Holby Anymore")|
|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)
- '"Soldier" (2013)
- Kidulthood profile, imdb.com; accessed 2 March 2015.
- "Adam Deacon". IMDb.
- "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.
- "Adam Deacon guilty of sending 'death threats' to Doctor Who star Noel Clarke". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
- "Adam Deacon banned from contacting Noel Clarke after 'trolling'". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
- "Kidulthood star Adam Deacon sectioned under mental health act". Evening Standard. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- "To Dream (2016)".
- "The Bromley Boys".
- One of Those Days BBC Film Network
- Gunrush Archived 27 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ITV Press Centre
- The Boarding School Bomber BBC Programmes
- "Dropperz (TV Series 2016– )".
- "Soldier - Single by Adam Deacon on Apple Music". Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- Adam Deacon on IMDb
- – 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