Created by legendary director John Singleton, Snowfall has skyrocketed Damson Idris’ star power in the US!
Snowfall is a drama series set in Los Angeles, during the 80s against the backdrop of the birth of crack and the impact it subsequently has. Following main characters Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata, a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald, a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Lucia Villanueva, the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord. Their stories drive Snowfall’s narrative of money, power, and influence.
Nigerian, British, Peckham born Damson Idris, plays one of Snowfall’s leads, Franklin Saint and has owned the character, playing him with a quiet humility underpinned with strong determination and resilience. Snowfall’s first season which aired July last year in America and in the autumn on BBC 2 here, was quickly renewed for a second season, which kicked off July 19th this year.
Following in the footsteps of his peers, John Boyega, Malachi Kirby, Daniel Kaluuya and such Damson has charmed American audiences and has already secured his first lead in a feature film in fellow British Nigerian actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s debut feature, Farming.
We caught up with Damson to talk about Franklin’s journey in season 2, the World Cup, and how he’s spending his summer break…