Adam Deacon

Adam Steven Deacon (born 4 March 1983) is a British film actor, rapper, writer and director. He is best known for his lead role in the films Kidulthood,[1] sequel Adulthood and for his directorial debut, Anuvahood.[2][3]

Adam Deacon
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Born (1983-03-04) 4 March 1983 (age 37)
Hackney, London, England
OccupationActor, writer, director, rapper
Years active1995–present
AwardsBAFTA Rising Star Award


Deacon was brought up by his English mother in Stoke Newington, Hackney. His father is Moroccan, and walked out on the family when Adam was two years old, and to this date the pair have never had any contact.[4]

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.[5] 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.[3]

Deacon co-wrote, co-directed and played the lead role in urban comedy Anuvahood.[6] Following this, Time Out magazine labeled Deacon "The New Face of Youth Cinema".[7] 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.[3] 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.[8]

Legal problemsEdit

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

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 about their issues.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Bill's New Frock[2] Rohan
2002 Shooters Drug Runner Uncredited
Ali G Indahouse East Staines Massiv
2006 Kidulthood Jay Main role
Wilderness Blue
2007 Sugarhouse Ray
2008 Adulthood Jay Main role
2010 Shank Kickz Dillon
Bonded by Blood Darren Nicholls
2011 Jack Falls Hogan
Anuvahood Kenneth Main role
Everywhere and Nowhere Zaf
2012 Payback Season Jerome Davies
Outside Bet Sam
Victim Zhartash
Comedown Jason
2014 Montana Pitt[13]
2016 To Dream[14] Easy
2017 The Bromley Boys[15] Herbie Lane
2018 The Intent 2: The Come Up Mustafa
2020 Rogue Zalaam
2020 Break Weasel
TBA Sumotherhood Kenneth Sequel to Anuvahood. Reprised role.


Year Title Role
2001 London's Burning Kevin (Series 11 Episode 16)
Spaced Fighter
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[16] 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")
Gunrush[17] Jello
Criminal Justice Drug Dealer (Series 2, 3 Episodes)
2010 Phone Shop Paul Mohammad (Episode: "Doctor Who")
2011 The Boarding School Bomber[18] 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")
Dropperz[19] Flashman
Casualty Himself (Episode: "Not in Holby Anymore")

Music videosEdit

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. ^ Kidulthood profile,; accessed 2 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Adam Deacon".
  3. ^ a b c "BAFTA award winning actor Adam Deacon joins UMA celebrity list - Urban Music Awards". UMA Team. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Crunchtime for Hackney actor and BAFTA hopeful Adam Deacon", Hackney Gazette, 8 February 2012.
  5. ^ "BAFTA award winning actor Adam Deacon joins UMA celebrity list - Urban Music Awards". UMA Team. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  6. ^ Anuvahood profile,; accessed 2 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Adam Deacon: the new face of youth cinema". Time Out. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  8. ^ Miquita Oliver and Adam Deacon present MOBO awards Archived 5 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 2 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Adam Deacon guilty of sending 'death threats' to Doctor Who star Noel Clarke". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Adam Deacon banned from contacting Noel Clarke after 'trolling'". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Kidulthood star Adam Deacon sectioned under mental health act". Evening Standard. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  12. ^ Gizauskas, Rosie (7 April 2016). "Actor Adam Deacon thanks jury for taking mental health issues seriously in court".
  13. ^ "Montana (2014)". Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  14. ^ "To Dream (2016)".
  15. ^ "The Bromley Boys".
  16. ^ One of Those Days BBC Film Network
  17. ^ Gunrush Archived 27 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine ITV Press Centre
  18. ^ The Boarding School Bomber BBC Programmes
  19. ^ "Dropperz (TV Series 2016– )".
  20. ^ "Soldier - Single by Adam Deacon on Apple Music". Retrieved 3 September 2017.

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