Eleventh Hour Films has announced that Welsh stage and screen actress, Rakie Ayola is among the new names joining Alex Rider season two.

Based on the YA book series from author Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider stars Otto Farrant as Alex Rider, a London based teenager who has unknowingly been trained since childhood for the dangerous world of espionage. Otto will once again be joined by season one co-stars Vicky McClure, Stephen Dillane, Brenock O’Connor, and Ronke Adekoluejo.

Season two will be based on Eagle Strike, the fourth novel in the best-selling franchise, and will once again stream exclusively as an Amazon Original on Prime Video in the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Latin America, and as an IMDb TV Original in the US.

Rakie Ayola (Holby City, Noughts and Crosses) appears as Jo Byrne, the tough new Deputy Director of the CIA who is brought to the UK ahead of a visit by the US President. Other newcomers include Toby Stephens (Die Another Day; Lost in Space) joins the cast as tech billionaire Damian Cray, and newcomer Charithra Chandran steps in as smart, confident teenager Sabina Pleasance whose journalist father is writing a book on Cray.

Eve Guiterrez, Exec Producer, Eleventh Hour Films, says “We are beyond thrilled to have Toby, Rakie, and Charithra on board to bring to life these key characters for season two of Alex Rider. We’ve been incredibly lucky that viewers have enthusiastically embraced the casting of season one and can’t wait to evolve the dynamic further with a fresh mission and even higher stakes”

As with season one, Horowitz, the author will serve as an Executive Producer alongside Jill Green, Eve Gutierrez, and series writer Guy Burt. The series is currently in production.


Listen here to our TBB Talks interview with Rakie Ayola about her role in the BBC Drama Anthony a one-off drama based on the true events of Liverpudlian teenager Anthony Walker who was murdered in a racist attack. Rakie played Anthony’s mother Gee Walker.

Watch Anthony here.