Stormzy to appear in Noughts + Crosses TV series

Company News March 25, 2019

Stormzy will appear in the BBC’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts + Crosses.

The grime MC says it’s a “dream come true” to be involved.

He will play newspaper editor Kolawale – a new character created for the show, which is currently being filmed in South Africa.

The 2001 book is set in a world divided by race, where black people (“Crosses”) are the rulers and white people (“Noughts”) are the underclass.

The story focuses on two young people in love: Sephy, who is a Cross, and Callum, a Nought.

It was a big success among young adults when it came out, and won multiple book awards.

It’s the first of a series of four books, with a fifth to come out this summer.

Stormzy says he’s “a diehard fan” of his “childhood hero” Malorie Blackman’s novels, and he called Noughts + Crosses an “important show”.

His role will be as a guest star in one episode of the six-part series.

The 25-year-old rapper will perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesbrough in May and Glastonbury in June.

He’s teased new music, telling Radio 1 Newsbeat in November that he’s been “locked in the studio”.

The Croydon-born artist released his own book last year, co-authored with Jude Yawson – who he got in touch with back in 2014 after reading something Jude had written about him online.

He’s also partnered with the publisher Penguin Random House to create #Merky Books, which aims to help young writers become published authors.