Within days of premiering, Sky Atlantic's Gangs of London had already received rave reviews. NME describes it as "Game of Thrones but without the dragons and more modern tailoring," which is rather apt, considering the violence and allure. Sean Wallace, played by Peaky Blinder's Joe Cole stars, but there is another character, Elliot Finch, who quickly takes the limelight with his Bond-worthy fight sequences and broody sensibility. But who is Sope Dirisu? Here's everything you need to know about the Gangs Of London star.
Dirisu is no stranger to the screen, despite having skipped drama school in favour of economics at university and going straight into the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages course back in 2012. Based in London, the British-Nigerian actor has acted in a number of major programs, including Channel 4's Utopia, The Casual Vacancy, and sci-fi series Humans. The 29-year-old also appeared in Black Mirror's 'Nosedive' episode in 2016 (you know, the one that made us all freaked out about Instagram). That was a big year for Dirisu, in fact. He appeared in no fewer than three major films: starring opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, he featured in The Huntsman: Winter's War; acting alongside Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill in war film Sand Castle, and action thriller Criminal.
It's of course his latest role in Gangs Of London, that's causing quite the stir. As Elliot Finch, Dirisu plays ally to Sean Wallace (Joe Cole) as he hunts down his father's killer. Finch, an "anonymous hardman", possesses a collection of very special skills and a possible ulterior motive, says The Independent.
Former Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole reprises the role of Sean Wallace, son of Finn Wallace (played by Colm Meaney), London's ruling kingpin. After his father's assassination, Sean takes over as the mob boss, rattling the cages of his father's once-loyal network when he prioritises revenge over business.
Also on the bill is Michelle Fairley who plays Wallace matriarch Marian, but many will recognise as Catelyn Stark from Game Of Thrones. Full of vengeance, bloodshed and sharp-suited gangsters, Gangs of London is now top of the British box set list.
Gangs Of London is available on Sky Atlantic and Now TV