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Ray BLK to make acting debut in BBC and Netflix show ‘Champion’

The rapper will also serve as the music executive for the series alongside Ghetts

By Will Richards

Ray BLK (Picture: Ray Fiasco)

Ray BLK is set to make her acting debut in new BBC and Netflix show Champion, created by Queenie‘s Candice Carty-Williams.

According to a report in Deadline, the eight-part TV drama will star BLK as Honey Igwe, while she will also serve as the series’ musical executive alongside Ghetts.

Champion is set in south London and described as “a love letter to Black British music,” and will also star Top Boy’s Malcolm Kamulete and newcomer Déja J Bowens.

Also in the case are Nadine Marshall (Small Axe), Jo Martin and Adeyinka Akinrinade (Top Boy), Ray Fearon (His Dark Materials) and more.

A press release from the BBC said of the show: “Rap sensation Bosco Champion is home from prison, and ready to dominate the music industry once more. But when his dutiful younger sister Vita’s own talent is discovered by Bosco’s rival, Bulla, she steps out of her brother’s shadow to become a performer in her own right, setting the Champion siblings against one another and tearing apart the whole family in the process.”

Discussing her involvement, Ray BLK tweeted: “My debut acting role is here. Very grateful to be starring in and exec producing the music on the new BBC & Netflix Drama CHAMPION written by the amazing Candice Carty-Williams.

No firm release date has been given for the show yet, but BLK did reveal that it is coming to screens in 2023.

Watch a trailer for the show below.

Speaking about the show in a statement, Carty-Williams said: “Champion is a celebration of Black music and of a Black family, however fragmented that family might be, and I can’t wait for the world to see their story.

“Since I knew what music was, I’ve loved grime and UK rap and neo-soul, to the point of obsession, and to bring to BBC One in the UK and Netflix globally a series that gives these genres of music life and texture is my dream, as is working with some of the best producers and songwriters making music today to create original tracks for the show.”

2021 saw Ray BLK release her long-awaited debut album ACCESS DENIED, which features guest appearances from the likes of Giggs, Stefflon Don, and Kojey Radical.