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‘Top Boy’ confirmed for fifth and final season

Filming is due to begin this summer

By Charlotte Krol

Still from Netflix's 'Top Boy' final season announcement
Still from Netflix's 'Top Boy' final season announcement. (Picture: YouTube/Netflix)

‘Top Boy’ will bow out with one more season on Netflix – its fifth overall – the streaming platform has today (April 1) confirmed.

The second Netflix series premiered last month, with the crime drama now set to end with a third season on the streamer (and fifth in total). ‘Top Boy‘ aired for two seasons on Channel 4 between 2011 and 2013 before being rebooted by the streaming giant in 2019.

Myriam Raja, who was a director mentee on ‘Top Boy ‘season one and went on to direct episode six of season two, is booked as the forthcoming season’s lead director. ‘Top Boy’ creator Ronan Bennett will write the final episodes. Filming is due to begin this summer.

“For those that have followed the journey from the start, you will know how much this show means to everyone on our team and we wholeheartedly know how much it means to you,” lead actors and executive producers Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson (aka Kano) said in a statement.

“These characters have been a part of our lives for over a decade now and without everyone’s support we couldn’t have come this far.

“While the journeys of Dushane and Sully have remained at the core of the show, the new characters that have entered the world of ‘Top Boy’ have become a key part of the show’s legacy, representing each new storyline in a raw, authentic way.

“With all this being said, and staying true to our original goal, every story must have an ending and so season three will be our finale. A chance to come full circle and end the journey in the right way.

“We’re very excited about what’s next and thank you for riding with us. We appreciate you. See you again soon.”

Adwoa Aboah poses in a black-and-white photo for 'Top Boy' promo
Model-turned-actress Adwoa Aboah stars as Jaq’s new queer love interest, Becks, in ‘Top Boy’ (Picture: Press)

Meanwhile, model-turned-actress Adwoa Aboah spoke to Rolling Stone UK recently about how much she has appreciated not having “to be pretty” in order contribute to art, as she reflected on her experiences working on the latest season of ‘Top Boy’.

Aboah, who stars as Jaq’s queer love interest Becks, said: “What I love is that I didn’t have to be pretty. For so long in modelling, I’ve been used to looking pretty, staring at things, moving around a bit. I can do that with my eyes closed, you know,” she said.

“This was a new challenge that I completely embraced and I’ve grown as a person because of it. When that first image came out of me, it [was refreshing to] me how raw and real it was. I absolutely loved that – it’s me, but not me, but… me!”