Hollyoaks' Rachel Adedeji shares next project after soap exit

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Hollyoaks star Rachel Adedeji left the role of Lisa Loveday in September of last year, and has now revealed her next project.

The actress and former The X Factor contestant will be appearing in a BBC pilot for Dreaming Whilst Black, based on a web series of the same name from a few years ago.

The project is the baby of Adjani Salmon, and is partly based on his life. He'll be playing a wannabe filmmaker called Kwabena, who tries to get his script picked up while balancing his personal life and the expectations of his disappointed family.

Photo credit: BBC/Big Deal Films/Anup Bhatt - BBC
Photo credit: BBC/Big Deal Films/Anup Bhatt - BBC

Salmon is quoted by Chortle as saying: "After such a phenomenal response to the web series, where we found an audience who really connected to Kwabena's journey, I'm happy we've made our show for TV. I'm excited to share this story with our earliest and new audiences alike."

"The semi-fictional depiction of the journey towards recognition and finally making it is so on point," the BBC's commissioning editor, Sarah Asante, added. "Most viewers will relate to the rollercoaster adventures of our leading man."

Sharing the announcement on Twitter, Adedeji wrote: "Such a great cast, such a great team. So glad to be involved."

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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As well as Salmon himself and Adedeji, the pilot will feature fellow up and coming comedians like PlsLike's Tom Stourton and Ian Hislop's son Will Hislop, and Tom Byrne, who The Crown fans will recognise as Prince Andrew.

The pilot for Dreaming Whilst Black will drop on BBC iPlayer on April 19.

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