John Boyega has revealed he has been stopped and searched by police, as his father.
Boyega told the Radio Times: "I've been stopped and searched, and my dad, who was a Pentecostal minister, got stopped on the way back from church. I was little.
"Everybody knows, especially if you grew up in Peckham, somebody who's gone through the darkest scenarios with the police. I do. I know a few people."
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The 28-year-old Hollywood star made headlines in June this year for an emotional speech he made in London’s Hyde Park during a a BLM peaceful protest march, during which he said "Black men, it starts with you".
Boyega said of speaking out about racism: “You know that moment is going to go global and if I don't get cast because people or casting directors feel like it's too much friction for what they're trying to do. It is what it is.”
Happy Father’s Day to you. I remember you taking me to my first ever audition, and when you attended Damilola Taylor’s funeral on our behalf, because you knew we couldn’t handle it. I remember when you found some guys squatting in a barbershop. You took them in, gave them a home, and helped them become the great people they are today. I remember when you chased after a man (to Mum’s horror lol) because he snatched a woman’s purse in front of you. With that Nigerian sprint, you got the ladies bag back. I remember all the times you’ve apologized for your mistakes, and showing me what true accountability looks like. I remember when we had immigration issues and the weight of the world was on your shoulders, but you’d wear a strong face, for us, despite, the pressure. I remember when you arrived 2 hours early to my college play, doing up chatter with my friends 😂😂😂. I remember all the gems you’ve dropped, about how to maintain a successful and healthy marriage, even after 33 years, with the love of your life, our Mum and Queen. Basically, I remember everything that makes you great, and because of that, my dream is to be as great as YOU. I love you, Dad ❤️ Happy Father’s Day everyone
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During one scene in the episode Red, White and Blue, Logan finds racist graffiti on his locker.
Boyega has said working on the series - commissioned by the BBC in 2014 - was like “therapy”.
He added: "I don't remember filming that scene. I just remember fuming and being angry.
"I didn't see the locker room or the locker door until those cameras were rolling. So that reaction was all natural to the character and the choices I thought he would make."
Leroy Logan attempted to reform the police force from within after seeing his own father assaulted by two officers.
He was awarded an MBE in 2001 for his services to policing, and retired in 2013 after 30 years in the police force.
Small Axe begins on Sunday, 15 November at 9pm on BBC One and will also be available on iPlayer.
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