Ashley Walters

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Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo: ‘I’ve never heard us described as an island of joy before!’
Radio’s odd couple take questions from actors, directors and Observer readers about optimism, the films they disagree on – and biscuits

Miranda Sawyer

01, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘That’s it? It’s over? I was 30. What a brutal business’: pop stars on life after the spotlight moves on
Musicians from Bob Geldof to Robbie Williams and Lisa Maffia reveal what they did – and how they felt – after the hits dried up and the crowds vanished

Nick Duerden

16, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Charity single recalls human cost of Grenfell tragedy five years on
Rappers and singers from local area discuss feelings of loss and hope on track marking anniversary

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

15, Apr, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Top Boy review – this brilliant crime drama always leaves you guessing
Netflix’s show about London drug gangs is back, adding instantly engaging new characters to an incredibly impressive cast. It’s at its peak – and not moving from that spot

Ellen E Jones

18, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘My life is all boom and bust’: Ashley Walters on Top Boy, his lost father and sudden wealth
For Ashley Walters, life has had its ups and downs. Now, ahead of a new season of Top Boy – not to mention directing and musical projects – the pieces are finally falling into place. He talks to Tim Lewis about loyalty, prison – and his new life on the Kent coast

Tim Lewis

13, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Top Boy to WeCrashed: the seven best shows to stream this week
The Drake-backed crime epic returns for an excellent fourth season, while Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway star in a drama about the founders of co-working business WeWork

Phil Harrison

11, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The stars of Top Boy: ‘Are drug dealers going to Black Lives Matter marches? I doubt it’
Britain’s edgiest crime drama is about to return – and this time its scope is bigger than ever. Ashley Walters, Little Simz, Kano and more discuss turning Drake down, the call of Hollywood and not being able to depict BLM

Alexi Duggins

25, Feb, 2022 @1:00 PM

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TV tonight: Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters conclude their South African sojourn
The Bulletproof miniseries finale sees Bishop and Pike go after the kidnapping mastermind. Plus: The Repair Shop. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier and Simon Wardell

03, Feb, 2021 @6:20 AM

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Ashley Walters: 'Kids make mistakes. I know that now as a father of eight'
The Top Boy star on making his directorial debut, becoming a grandfather and hiding his ballet skills from the boys in Peckham

Michael Hogan

31, Jan, 2021 @9:30 AM

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The week in TV: Miss World 1970: Beauty Queens and Bedlam; Penance; Westworld; Bulletproof and more
A fine documentary on Miss World shows how far we have come since 1970

Euan Ferguson

22, Mar, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Ronan Bennett: ‘Top Boy was special to me... I poured it all into the scripts’
Thanks to Drake and Netflix, it’s back

Ronan Bennett

31, Aug, 2019 @3:00 PM

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'The show needed to come back': how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy
It was ‘Britain’s answer to The Wire’. But the gang drama was dead – until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnson’s Britain

Lanre Bakare

12, Aug, 2019 @7:03 AM

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