Jack Rowan

Noughts + Crosses renewed for second series

Series two will dive back into the alternate history of Malorie Blackman’s bestselling novels, where black ‘Cross’ people rule over the white ‘Noughts’.

Jack Rowan and Masali Baduza will return as forbidden lovers Callum and Sephy, who are now attempting to escape Albion in search of a better, safer life together.

Filming begins on BBC One's Noughts + Crosses adaptation

The six-part series will follow the love story between two teenage protagonists Sephy Hadley (Baduza) and Callum McGregor (Rowan) who are divided by the colour of their skin in a dystopian world. 

Childhood friends Sephy, a member of the black ruling class the 'Crosses' and the daughter of the Home Secretary, and Callum, a member of the white underclass the 'Noughts', must overcome violent forces trying to tear them apart as their relationship becomes more complex and romantic as they grow up. 

Jack Rowan: I hit the jackpot with Peaky Blinders

Yet playing a villain in his first leading role was perfect for the 21-year-old newcomer. “I love it because it’s so far removed from who you really are,” he tells the RTS.

His chilling portrayal of teenage psychopath Sam Woodford secured Rowan a nomination for an acting award at this year's RTS Programme Awards alongside “two kings” Stephen Graham and Sean Bean.

“Even to be in the same sentence [as them] is beyond me, I’m just kind of pinching myself.”