Winner of the 2020 BAFTA Rising Star Award, Micheal Ward has fast become a familiar face on our screens with critically acclaimed performances in TV dramas such as ‘Top Boy’ and ‘Small Axe’ and films ‘Blue Story’ and ‘Empire of Light’. He already has two BAFTA Best Supporting Actor nominations under his belt, and is the recipient of both a MOBO and an NME Award for Best Actor.
The BAFTA Rising Star Award was given to him for his leading role in the 2019 film ‘Blue Story’, a musical crime drama, written, directed and narrated by Rapman. He played the part of Marco, a Peckham school-boy turned gang member. The film is the highest grossing British urban film of all time, winning Best Film at the NME Awards, with Micheal also winning Best Actor.
Around the same time he starred as Jamie in the 3rd (and subsequently the 4th) series of the BAFTA winning ‘Top Boy’ which was revived by Netflix in 2019. The role earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the RTS Awards as well as a MOBO Award for Best Actor.
2024 sees Micheal in some major new film releases - the Bob Marley biopic ‘One Love’ and the “laugh out loud funny” biblical comedy ‘The Book of Clarence’, in which he plays Judas Iscariot. He will also star in football drama film ‘The Beautiful Game’, due for release on Netflix in 2024, opposite Bill Nighy.
In 2023, he played the leading part of Stephen in the Oscar & BAFTA nominated film ‘Empire of Light’, opposite Olivia Colman and Colin Firth and directed by Sam Mendes. He received a BAFTA Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role. Also in 2023 he made his stage-debut at the Almeida Theatre in ‘A Mirror’, alongside Jonny Lee MIller. The play was described as “bold, inventive and original” (WhatsOnStage) and “like nothing else you’ll see on London’s stages” (The Independent).
In 2020 he earned his first BAFTA Best Supporting Actor nomination playing Franklyn, the lead in ‘Lovers Rock’, part of Steve McQueen’s award-winning anthology series ‘Small Axe’, set in West London in the 1980s.
Other credits include starring as Brendan, one of the leads in BBC/Netflix teen-thriller ‘The A-List’, playing Cain in the 2022 Netflix film ‘Beauty’ and a role in the critically acclaimed Charlize Theron-led 2020 Netflix film ‘The Old Guard’.
Micheal was born in Jamaica, moving to East London aged 4. Naturally he speaks with a London M.L.E. accent. He can easily switch into a native Jamaican accent, English Jamaican (as in Small Axe) and he can speak Patois. He can turn on an RP or Neutral British if needed as used in Empire of Light.
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