The BBC’s Trend of Casting Black People in White Roles

Dawn French is to play Diane Abbott in a new TV drama! Actually... As much as we would all like that to be true, it sadly is not. However, given the path television and film is currently taking, do not be surprised to see Black actor, Idris Elba, take on the role of David Cameron at some point. There is an increasingly growing trend of historical European people being portrayed by actors who clearly do not fit the bill. This is not a slight on the acting abilities of the ethnic actors, more trying to understand why TV companies are so desperate to cast ethnic actors in White roles.     The recent BBC/Netflix production "Troy: Fall of a City" featured David Gyasi (above) playing Achilles. As anyone who has studied history, or has at least looked at a book, will kn...

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