Sunday 25 September 2016

Noel Clarke says seeking film and TV parts in America not for him

Published 20/09/2016 | 00:06

Noel Clarke's new show is police procedural drama The Level
Noel Clarke's new show is police procedural drama The Level

Noel Clarke has said he would not follow other black actors in looking to America for parts if he hit a brick wall in the UK when it came to his career.

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Many home-grown black stars have had success in television shows and films across the pond, including Idris Elba, David Harewood and David Oyelowo.

But actor and director Clarke said it would not be for him as he has always wanted to "climb the wall".

He told the Radio Times: "Climb the wall, climb the wall.

"That's how I am. I'm one of those people that sees the wall and I don't go, 'Ahhh, there's a big wall, I'm going to go to America.'

"I'm not having this - I got to get past the wall. I wanna see what's on the other side. That's how I've always been.

"So, straight through the wall, knock it down, climb over it, go under it."

Clarke, whose latest show is police procedural drama The Level, said he does not think that stars who head to the US are " quitters".

"They have their own career paths," said the Kidulthood star.

"And they are all doing better than me, I guarantee that!"

"But I've just never been that person. I'm eating sandwiches over here and they're eating burgers over there? I'm not having it.

"I'm getting over the wall."

:: This week's Radio Times is on sale on Tuesday.

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