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I May Destroy You begins on BBC One tonight (June 8) at 10.45pm as a new comedy-drama created, written and starring Michaela Coel. Following a woman rebuilding her life after her drink was spiked, here is everything viewers need to know about the cast of the series.
Who is in the cast of I May Destroy You?
Arabella – Michaela Coel
Creator, writer and co-director of I May Destroy You Michaela Coel also plays the lead role in the drama.
Arabella is a writer who has just returned home from time abroad before she is forced to pull an all-nighter at her publisher’s office.
After this, she is convinced to join some friends for a drink before waking up.
Suffering from a blackout, she must then work out what happened to her.
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Coel is also the creator and star of the E4 series Chewing Gum and has previously appeared in Black Mirror and Been So Long.
Speaking at a virtual press screening to Metro.co.uk, Coel spoke about her similarities to the character.
She said: “In 2016, I was very much like the Arabella you see in the first episode.
“I was doing an all-nighter and went out to meet a friend for a drink for a break and my drink was spiked by a stranger just like Arabella, and this really was the [inspiration] of the entire show.
“After that, I spoke to different people, I spoke to friends who had experiences and trauma around consent, and I used a lot of reality to inspire the show which is fictional.”
Terry – Weruche Opia
Arabella’s best friend Terry is played by Weruche Opia in the BBC and HBO series.
In the show, she is a struggling actor who must support her friend coming to terms with what happened.
Opia is well known for playing Nafisa in Top Boy and Cleo in Bad Education.
Other roles include starring in the finale of season four of Inside No. 9 and as Naomi in Dave series Sliced.
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Biagio – Marouane Zotti
Marouane Zotti plays Arabella’s boyfriend in the show Biagio after the pair meet on holiday.
The pair have a long-distance relationship together, which is complicated by the fact Biagio is a drug dealer.
The Italian-Morrocan actor has appeared in a number of Italian series including Provaci Ancora prof 7 and La Porta Rossa.
As well as this, he is known for The Teacher and The Space Between.
Kwame – Paapa Essiedu
Paapa Essiedu plays Kwame, Arabella’s good friend who is a dancer turned fitness instructor.
He deals with dating in London as a young gay man as well as his own insecurities.
Most recently, Essiedu starred as Alexander Dumani in Gangs of London.
However, viewers will also recognise him as Ed Washburn in Press, Nate Akindele in Kiri and Roy in Utopia.
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Alissa – Ann Akin
Alissa is another woman whose drink was spiked on the same night as Arabella.
She is played by Ann Akin who played Dee in Trigonometry, DS Ekwensi in Strike and will be starring as SJill29 in the upcoming Brave New World.
Officer Funmi – Sarah Niles
Sarah Niles plays Officer Funmi who speaks to Arabella when she reports her sexual assault.
Niles is known for playing Meg in Dracula, Melissa in Catastrophe and Sylvaine Dor in Death in Paradise.
I May Destroy You airs on BBC One on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10.45pm.
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