The youngest of three siblings born to Jennifer Charles, a midwife from Trinidad and Kingsley Otuka Anyasi a writer and president of Automoblie Association of Nigeria. I grew up in South London and spent much of my youth painstakingly gelling my hair to my face, rocking up to Lewisham centre on a Saturday wearing garish stretch jeans before stocking up on Maybelline 'Great Lash', getting piercings that my mum would string me up for, and sheepishly grinning at passing sweetboys in Avirex Jackets. I'd always quietly dreamed of being an actress. I applied to drama school and trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. My television debut was in Carnival Films three-part drama, 'Midnight Man' and I have worked on independent films, acted in stage productions at London's Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and The Finborough. With a love of boxing, I trained with Joe Frazier's female protege, Marianne Marston. Marianne advised me to cut my nails. I also spent three years working in homeless support services with young people and was working with Kids Company as an associate artist until its closure.
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