He beat Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth and Chris O’Dowd to the title of BAFTA’s Orange Wednesdays Rising Star. And to think, only ten years ago, the Hackney-born actor was living in a hostel. ‘It’s a win for the underdog’ Adam gushed as he collected his award from the lovely Christina Hendricks during Sunday night's Orange British Academy Film Awards.
Best known for acting in critically acclaimed gritty urban dramas, 'Kidulthood' and 'Adulthood', Adam experienced a series of rejections for parts before deciding to start writing, directing and starring in the parts he wanted. His directorial debut, 'Anuvahood', saw Deacon rise above being typecast by producing a council estate comedy. And, all this before 30 (phew.) He had support from the likes of the TOWIE cast, Professor Green, Jamie Oliver, Tulisa and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere who all tweeted to support Adam during the voting process and he can't stop saying thank you to everyone, including his fans, which he affectionately brands 'Deaconettes'. Grazia are pleased to have been a part of the jury for another year and caught up with the Golden boy (or should that be Orange boy?) after his win.
Grazia Daily: You’ve won! How does it feel?
Adam Deacon: It feels surreal; I was amazed by the support. I won before I even came down to this - I’ve never seen that much support. Thank you to everyone out there. I was getting Twitter messages all day from kids saying that they spent their last 50p on credit to vote and some of these kids are only 14 and probably too young to have seen my movies! It means much because it was a people’s vote. It started with the industry with the long list and went all the way back to the people and I can’t thank them enough.
Grazia Daily: Do you think you winning this award is going to inspire people?
Adam Deacon: I hope so! I hope young people can see this and see that you can come from a council estate and don’t need to have thousands of pounds to get into a drama school. I used to watch award shows and think ‘one day!’ Hackney had a really bad year last year with the riots so I hope this can change it around and show that there are positive people there.
Grazia Daily: What next?
Adam Deacon: I’ve got a film coming out in March, called ‘Payback Season’ where I play a footballer. It’s quite different from the parts you’ve seen me play before as it’s a bit more calm but he still comes from a council estate and before you know it, he gets involved with some of his old friends and there’s all this jealousy around and it’s a story about celebrity culture and the side you don’t see. I’ve also got ‘Outside Bet’ and ‘Comedown’ coming out this year and I’m trying to write a comedy on music culture… so I’m very busy!
Grazia Daily: Sounds like it! Do you see yourself ever leaving London to go and live the Hollywood dream?
Adam Deacon: I’ll be honest; I’ve never been to America, that’s always been another dream of mine. I’d love to go out and have a holiday but also meet people and see what happens...
We predict big things, Adam.