The year is 2011. BBC Three has just launched a new fantasy mini-series entitled The Fades. With the departure of Nathan (Robert Sheehan) from the second season of Misfits, fans of the Channel 4 show are swarming towards the new series with hope of a possible alternative.
And it looks promising with the show creator and writer Jack Throne – fresh from working on Skins – at the helm.
Much darker and more horror-oriented than Misfits, the BBC series was made up of a recognisable young cast including Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and, of course, Daniel Kaluuya, seen most recently in Get Out.
Born in London to Ugandan parents, Daniel Kaluuya attended North London catholic school St Aloysius, whose prestigious alumni includes Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon and rapper Dappy.
After starring in a number of local shows, Kaluuya bagged a small but recurring role in the first generation of Skins. As well as incarnating Posh Kenneth, the hard worker also helped to pen two episodes ("Jal" and "Thomas") and made regular appearances on series podcast "Skinscast".
Skins to Fades
With the first round of Skins done and dusted, Daniel Kaluuya went on to pick up parts in a number of British hits, such as Doctor Who, Silent Witness and Lewis.
Between 2007 and 2011, Kaluuya took on a range of projects from rapping to writing sketches with friends before landing the part in The Fades.
As a reminder, the show told the story of Paul Roberts (Iain De Caestecker), a 17-year-old with terrible nightmares filled with apocalyptic visions. He goes to therapy and opens up to his best friend Mac (Daniel Kaluuya), but nobody is able to come to his aid.
Eventually, the mysterious young man learns that he is in fact able to see the spirits of dead people called 'fades'. With the help of his friends, Paul has to push back the forces of evil and send them back to hell.
In The Fades, Daniel Kaluuya plays super talkative Mac who contrasts with his quiet and tortured friend Paul. Full of pop culture references, Mac is is pretty useless when his friend starts developing superpowers.
Nevertheless he remains a solid wingman whose value only fans of The Fades will know the true meaning of.
Daniel Kaluuya has gone from strength to strength since appearing in the show. In the same year, he also had a part in Black Mirror's first season in the episode "Fifteen million Merits".
His first step onto the big screen came with Kick-Ass 2, before he went on to cross paths with emerging directors Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) and Jordan Peele (Get Out) in 2017.
Not one to stay still for too long, the actor's schedule is pretty packed over the coming months. Kaluuya's set to play a character in Watership Down, before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Black Panther.
You'll also be able to catch him alongside Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell in Steve McQueen's upcoming Widows. Phew.