The launch-pad for Noel Clarke’s career before the toughest week of his life took hold, Kidulthood laid bare the often unseen under-belly of west London street warfare.
Detailing two extraordinary days in the life of a group of teenagers, the film set in Ladbroke Grove was the springboard to success for the now 45-year-old.
Following the huge reception from critics and audiences, sequels Adulthood and Brotherhood followed.
Clarke even founded his own production company, Unstoppable, on the back of the gritty 2006 British drama.
This year the actor and director picked up a Bafta for his contribution to British cinema, an award which he has since been stripped off.
This week The Guardian, reported how 20 women have accused the Viewpoint actor of misconduct, accusations he has “vehemently” denied.
Those speaking out claimed to have been bullied or harassed by Clarke between 2004 and 2019.
In a statement, Noel responded: “In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me. If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.
“I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”
It has been 15 years since Kidulthood, celebrated for its bold exploration of issues such as gang culture, teenage pregnancy and peer pressure was released to critical acclaim.
MyLondon takes a look at where the rest of the stars of the London classic are today.
Nicholas Hoult — Blake
Nicholas Hoult could easily stake a claim to being the most famous of the Kidulthood cast.
Prior to Kidulthood he was an adorable child actor who starred alongside Hugh Grant in the film About A Boy (2002).
Kidulthood marked a turning point in Nicholas’s career and he began to take on edgier roles, (e.g. Tony in the E4 drama ‘Skins’).
Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of Nicholas. If you need any proof of this, look no further than the X-Men franchise where he has reprised the role of Beast in five separate films! Not to mention his role in the 2015 blockbuster ‘Mad Max Fury Road’.
Aml Ameen – Trife
Through the eyes of Kidulthood’s leading man, we saw the unpredictable pathways that youths have to move through to make it through challenging circumstances.
Aml’s career has been full of just as many unpredictable pathways, but thankfully a lot more rewarding than the character he played in Kidulthood. He has appeared in everything from British mainstays like The Bill and Silent Witness to countless blockbuster films on the other side of the pond – The Butler, Maze Runner and Netflix’s Sense 8.
Last year, Aml won further praise for his role in Michaela Coel’s ground-breaking series I May Destroy You, but 2021 is shaping up to be his biggest year yet.
He is set to star in and direct Boxing Day, the UK’s first holiday film which will feature an all Black cast which includes; How to Get Away with Murder’s Aja Naomi King and Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
Adam Deacon – Jay
Arguably the most versatile and talented of all of the cast, Adam Deacon’s life has gone through trials and tribulations far different than the future many had predicted for him.
In 2012 he sent the media into a frenzy when he pipped Eton-educated Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston to the BAFTA Rising Star award. Alongside a successful music career, Adam directed and starred in the parody Kidulthood parody Anuvahood, as well as more dramatic roles in Victim, Outside Bet and Montana.
He also starred in seven episodes of outstanding Channel 4’s 2014 drama, Babylon.
His career was derailed after running into legal troubles and mental health struggles.
After years in the darkness, Adam is successfully rebuilding his career with roles in indie films like The Intent 2: The Come Up and Rogue.
Red Madrell — Alisa
Despite being one the emotional and moral core of the film, Red Madrell has had somewhat of an understated career since Kidulthood.
She was cast for the role of Alisa whilst still attending college and only had a handful of appearances in the medical drama under her belt. Red went on to reprise her role as Alisa in Kidulthood’s sequels Adulthood Brotherhood. Her other major credits E4 shows Cucumber and Skins.
Her recent on screen appearances have been in the world of short film, including True Value (2016) and Breathe (2018).
Jaime Winstone — Becky
Jaime has not been short of work since her role as Becky in Kidulthood. Her face has been an ever-present on television, film and even music videos (Celeste: Love is Back).
To name but a few, Jaime has featured in Made In Dagenham, Anuvahood and the Hollywood blockbuster Tomb Raider.
This year she is set to star in A Brixton Tale, No Dog and The Barking Murders alongside Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant.
Femi Oyeniran – Moony
Since Kidulthood, Femi has gone on to forge a formidable career in production and writing. Although he has made appearances alongside some of his Kidulthood co-stars in Adulthood and Anuvahood.
His first major step into directing was with the comedy It’s A Lot (2013). Femi’s most recent accomplishment comes as the writer behind film series The Intent, where he cast Adam Deacon in the film’s sequel.
Outside of his acting work in film and television, Femi has hosted a series of workshops to help young people in Young Offenders Institutions. In 2014 Femi was invited to give a TEDxParliament Talk on the subject and sat as the Commissioner on the Speaker of the House of Commons’ Commission on Digital Democracy Commission.
Rafe Spall — ‘Lenny’
Rafe’s career is a further addition to the collection of successful Kidulthood stars who have gone on to achieve success since parting ways.
Whilst Rafe was not plucked from obscurity like some of the other members (his father is British actor Timothy Spall), it was a big milestone in his early career.
You’ll now find him amongst some of the biggest stars on the planet, starring in TV series like Black Mirror; and films like Prometheus (2012), the Oscar-winning films Life of Pi (2012) and The Big Short (2015).
He also starred alongside Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in 2019’s emotional courtroom drama Just Mercy.