Onyx Collective & Channel 4 Announce Straight-To-Series Pickup Of “Queenie”
Disney’s Onyx Collective and Channel 4 have announced a new joint venture for a new series called “Queenie”, which is based on the best-selling novel by Candice Carty-Williams.
The series is about Queenie Jenkins, who is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in south London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. After a messy breakup with her long-term boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places and begins to realize she has to face the past head-on before she can rebuild.
The eight-episode series stars Dionne Brown as Queenie, Samuel Adewunmi as Frank, and Bellah as Kyazike.
Further South Productions are producing this brand-new show in association with Lionsgate TV. Created by Candice Carty-Williams, “Queenie” is executive produced by Carty-Williams, who will also serve as showrunner. Non-writing executive producers are Further South’s Steve November and Sarah Conroy, with Lisa Walters as co-executive producer and series producer.
Here are some of the details about the characters and actors in this show:
- Dionne Brown as Queenie: The 25-year-old, curvy, pretty south Londoner speaks her mind, especially when she shouldn’t. Queenie is from a Jamaican family, striving to achieve in a predominantly white workplace. She is constantly playing catch up with her emotions and the situations she finds herself in due to a hard-wired habit of self-sabotaging, which she is mostly unaware of. As soon as she stops to reflect, everything she’s been running from hits her, and it is the worst emotional pileup imaginable. Our protagonist is thus hellbent on outrunning her demons and disassociating – a strategy destined to implode. Dionne Brown has previously starred in “Criminal Record,” and “The Walk-In”.
- Samuel Adewunmi as Frank: Twenty-eight-year-old Frank is Kyazike’s older cousin, a man with his own van and grand plans in life. He is from Ends, is invested in his community and has known Queenie since her high school days. He has seen her on occasion with Kyazike over the years, although not since she hooked up with Tom. Frank is emotionally intelligent, well-read, and articulate – an intellectual match for Queenie. He thinks and speaks from the heart and challenges Queenie. He’s her Truth Teller, straightforward and unapologetic but with a good heart. Samuel has starred in the upcoming Disney+ series, “Secret Invasion”, along with “You Don’t Know Me”.
- Bellah as Kyazike: Queenie’s longest-serving best friend from school, Kyazike is of Ugandan heritage, was raised in south London and is also 25 years old. She works in a bank where she can cross-reference eligible men with their bank balances. She always has the longest hair, the best nails, the highest designer heels, and the funniest stories. Kyazike is firmly on her quest for Mr. Right, who must have financial clout. While Queenie doesn’t find her friend’s quest aspirational, she definitely finds it inspirational. Bellah is a singer-songwriter from north London.
“Queenie” will be available on Channel 4 in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland and will stream exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in all other territories.
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