Nikki Amuka-Bird is set to star in BBC Two’s adaptation of Zadie Smith’s NW alongside Phoebe Fox. The 90 minutes drama will be set in North-West London and revolves around Amuka-Bird and Fox who play two friends who grew up together in North West London, yet their lives have taken them in different directions. Despite their friendship and history, the two women are different from each other socioeconomically; however, they are reunited by a chance encounter.
Amuka-Bird will play the outwardly successful but unfulfilled Natalie, and Fox will star as Leah, her more grounded friend whose life is also at a crossroads.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be taking on the challenge of playing one of Zadie Smith’s characters. She writes vivid, intellectually and emotionally complex women that you can sink your teeth into.” – Nikki Amuka-Bird
Amuka-Bird began her career as a theatrical actress starring in productions such as Welcome to Thebes and Twelfth Night. She then went on to star in films such as The 2006 remake of Omen, Cargo, Almost Heaven and the screen adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency alongside Jill Scott. Most recently she had a recurring role opposite Idris Elba in the BBC series Luther and starred in Cinemax’s Quarry.
NW will also star Richie Campbell, O.T. Fagbenle, Rosalind Eleazar, Ronke Adekoleujo and James MacCallum. Betsan Morris Evans is set to produce. Preethy Mavahalli and Damien Timmer will serve as executive producers for Mammoth Screen, alongside Lucy Richer and Maxine Watson for BBC Two.