Suffolk actor stars in new Nollywood movie filmed in the county

Leo Wherrett. Picture: KERRY DOY/PROMINENT

Leo Wherrett. Picture: KERRY DOY/PROMINENT - Credit: Archant

A 24-year-old actor from Suffolk is set to walk the red carpet this weekend at the premiere of his first feature-length film.

Leo Wherrett on Aldeburgh beach. Picture: KERRY DOY/PROMINENT

Leo Wherrett on Aldeburgh beach. Picture: KERRY DOY/PROMINENT - Credit: Archant

Leo Wherrett, from Hollesley, is starring in a movie set in the Suffolk countryside made by Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry, one of the biggest movie-makers in the world.

Just One Blood is a drama telling the story of British-Nigerian businessman Chief Odogwu who, upon retirement, plans to hand his farming and business empire to his rebellious children Angus and Ebere.

Mr Wherrett plays Nathan, the racist ex-boyfriend of Angus’ new girlfriend Sophie.

He said: “The film asks difficult and emotive questions about prejudice, discrimination, love, acceptance and trust.

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“It was a very challenging role to play which really tested my abilities as an actor but it was hugely rewarding to be a part of.”

Part of the film, directed by well-known Nollywood director Teco Benson, was shot in Framlingham and Worlingworth.

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It stars a cast of established Nollywood stars including Zack Orji and Chioma Toplis as well as producer Timmy K MacNicol’s seven-year-old son Morgan Angus.

Ms MacNicol, who moved to Worlingworth about five years ago, said the East Anglian landscape helped inspire the film.

She said: “This film is all about families across two cultures.

“We had two names for the film but we picked Just One Blood because the film is about, no matter where you go and where you are from, you should always think we are just one blood flowing in everyone’s veins.

“There is no difference about you being white or black, we are all the same. We might look different, or come from different cultures, but underneath all of that we share the same feelings of love and hope.”

Mr Wherrett said he was looking forward to representing Suffolk at the premiere, which will be held at Greenwich Odeon in London on Friday.

He said: “Suffolk is currently a real draw for filmmakers who want to explore our amazing landscape, beautiful beaches and picturesque towns. I feel very privileged to live here and be a part of the region’s growth in this industry.”

Latest figures show filming for films, adverts, TV shows and catalogues has generated millions of pounds for the Suffolk economy in the last 12 months.

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