Spotlight profile

I’m English and Mauritian.

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What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

I aspire to be an actor that breaks down barriers of stereotypes and inspires younger people who aren’t necessarily from this world to get into the industry. I want to be fearless and versatile. I don’t want to be limited in the roles I play, I want to keep challenging myself with every role. I just want to keep getting better at my craft and work.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I chose one of Connell’s monologues from ‘Normal People’. I chose it because of how much I could relate to it and how in lockdown a lot of us reflected on things we perhaps ignored or sat on in the busy world we lived in before. I think it captures how hard it can be for some men to talk openly about how they feel.

‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney

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What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?

‘I May Destroy You’ really inspired me from the way it painted London so accurately and differently, to its subject matter and the different angles/perspectives it approached them in. It opened conversations that have needed to be had for quite some time. Seeing how it implemented change in attitudes really hit home how important storytelling is in our society. Its rawness and honesty inspired me to start writing again.

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How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?

I’ve been cooking a lot and experimenting more in the kitchen! I also gave myself a target of watching a film a day during lockdown. Lockdown allowed me the time to get back into photography too.

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