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After Being Named One of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, The Television Workshop’s Jorden Myrie Discusses His Impressive Career So Far

6 August 22 words: George White
photos: Harry Livingstone

From hard-hitting dramas to genre-blending comedies, Jorden Myrie has already achieved an impressive amount since studying at The Television Workshop - but, after being named as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, he’s only just getting started… 

It’s always nice when other people do your work for you, isn’t it? Luckily, that’s exactly what Screen International did for us. You see, they recently released their picks for 2022’s Stars of Tomorrow, spotlighting the most exciting talent in the world of film and TV, just in time for our issue spotlighting the most exciting talent in the world of Nottingham. On that list was Jorden Myrie, a Television Workshop graduate who has already picked up major roles in ITV dramas like Stephen and BBC Three headliners like Mood. Don’t mind if we do. 

All witty remarks aside, though, Myrie truly is on his way to big things. Joining the likes of Erin Kellyman and Aisling Loftus in receiving a Star of Tomorrow nod, the lad from Bolton - who has “a lot of love for Nottingham” after spending many of his formative years here - follows the path of big names who have gone on to bag roles in Star Wars movies and Marvel projects. 

Despite the prestige of this praise, however, he’s certainly not resting on his laurels. “I don’t try to think too much about that side of things,” Myrie tells LeftLion. “It’s definitely an honour to be selected for it, and I was ecstatic when I found out, but I can’t get too stuck in it - because at the end of the day, I’ve still got to work really hard to get to where I want to be.” 

Mood was such a fun project to be a part of. I remember getting the script and instantly loving it

This determination is undoubtedly admirable. While only in the early stages of his career, Myrie has already achieved what a lot of actors dream of - picking up key roles in shorts, TV shows and a feature film. He’s worked alongside household names like Steve Coogan and Nina Sosanya, and in Mood, he bagged a major part in one of BBC Three’s flagship series as they made their long-awaited return to the small screen. “Mood was such a fun project to be a part of,” Myrie muses. “I remember getting the script and instantly loving it. Nicole Leckie wrote an amazing story that really reflects the world we’re in today, and the diversity of the UK that’s not always seen. It was so fun and fresh, but also touching and heartfelt.” 

Mood’s genre-blending mix of comedy and drama is a theme that runs through Myrie’s career so far - with Screw, a prison-set Channel 4 series led by Derry Girls’ Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, also boasting depth and complexity. While Myrie claims he doesn’t “lean towards anything in particular” when choosing projects, he admits that “versatility is what really excites me about acting.” Being able to explore different styles and approaches is what he “enjoys most”, he adds, and in these two shows, he displays a natural ability to provide both smile-inducing moments of humour and hard-hitting beats of emotion. 

I want to do this for the rest of my life, I’m really passionate about it

So, with a clear knack for delivering drama, comedy and everything in between, Myrie has the world of film and TV at his feet. But what does he hope to achieve in the future? Where does he see himself in ten years’ time? “That’s a big question!” he laughs. “I obviously want to do this for the rest of my life, I’m really passionate about it. But honestly, I’m trying to live in the moment and not think too much about what the future could hold.” Whatever it has in store, we imagine he’ll have no trouble justifying that ‘Star’ title going forward - whether he’s focused on the praise or not. 

Mood is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer 

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