Damson Idris: ‘Mum would dress me in a three-piece golden suit’

Peckham-born Damson Idris is a huge name in the US.

But back here his star is still rising.

He talks to Tim Lewis about breaking out in Snowfall, his American accent, joking with Jay-Z and the joy of dressing upIn 2015, when he was a young actor from Peckham with a couple of theatre credits and, naturally, an episode of Casualty to his Equity card, Damson Idris somehow wangled a big TV audition in Los Angeles.

The part was Franklin Saint, a bright kid in South Central LA during the 1980s who becomes a drug kingpin just as the city is on the cusp of a crack cocaine epidemic.

Snowfall was the vision of John Singleton, the director of the seminal 1991 coming-of-age film Boyz n the Hood.

Word was that every tyro black actor in America, and beyond, wanted to be cast as Franklin.“The audition was about two, three weeks out,

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