Budding Manor Park actor hopes to follow in Idris’ footsteps

Stanley Karikari has set up his own YouTube channel in the hope of launching his dream career

Stanley Karikari has set up his own YouTube channel in the hope of launching his dream career - Credit: Archant

A Manor Park drama graduate is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor to become Newham’s next hot actor.

Stanley Karikari, who recently graduated from East 15 Acting school, has uploaded a series of short films to YouTube and has his fingers crossed that they will propel him into stardom.

The 22-year-old, who lives in Jack Cornwell Street, says there are limited ways to get seen but hopes his efforts will make him stand out from other budding actors.

“I think it is quite difficult for young black actors not to typecast based on their skin colour,” he said.

“I’ve decided to go down a different avenue and do something for myself.”


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The short films, some of which he directs as well as starring in, have been made alongside his friends including a mate who he has known since they were both students at Little Ilford School.

To watch the films, search for Stanley Karikari on YouTube.

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