My Name Is Leon

BBC releases first-look images of My Name Is Leon

Cole Martin as Leon (credit: BBC)

Adapted into a screenplay by Shola Amoo (The Last Tree) and directed by Lynette Linton, the series will star Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Malachi Kirby (Small Axe), Monica Dolan (A Very English Scandal), Olivia Williams (Counterpart), Christopher Eccleston (The A Word), Poppy Lee Friar (In My Skin), Shobna Gulati (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) and Cole Martin, who will play the lead, Leon, in his first TV role.

Lenny Henry’s production company acquires rights to My Name is Leon

Sir Lenny Henry’s production company, Douglas Road Productions, has acquired the broadcast­­ rights to the novel which follows the story of nine-year-old Leon discovering a new family where he leasts expects it.

Told from Leon's point of view, My Name is Leon is a story of love, identity and loss, seeing the process of foster care and adult decisions through the eyes of a child in 1980s Britain.