Birmingham actor joins campaign to bring Channel 4 to city


Birmingham actor Theo Johnson says Channel 4 moving to the city could be “life-changing” for young creatives. He has joined the chorus of voices backing the campaign to press the broadcaster to move to Birmingham.

The 24-year-old, from Handsworth, first found fame in Channel 4 drama Raised by Wolves before building up a varied career that combines acting, directing, grime music videos, comedy and youth activism.

He’s also established a role as a social media star, building up a 40,000 strong following on Instagram by posting regular comedy clips and memes about his life.

He is backing a campaign led by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to encourage Channel 4 to move from its London HQ to Birmingham.

Said Theo:

“There is a lot of talent here…getting a chance to be on Channel 4 while I did Raised by Wolves was a dream come true for me. If that was in Birmingham there would be way more opportunities. I know that could change a lot more people’s lives.”

This year Theo stars in the crime thriller The Intent 2, featuring grime star Wylie. It’s the sequel to¬†The Intent, which was an underground smash last year and trended on Netflix.

He is also starting work on the set of Are We Dead Yet? a comedy horror film written and directed by Fredi Kruga Nwaka.

Added Theo: “I’m really excited about 2018, I hope this is going to be a great year for me.” Theo has just landed a new agent who also represents Richard Blackwood and is additionally working on his own film project.


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