TBB Talks to … new star of Riviera, Alex Lanipekun

Alex Lanipekun is an all round creative. Actor, writer, producer, and director.

With a CV boasting credits on stage, and screen starring in well-rated shows including Spooks (BBC), 24: Live Another Day (Sky 1), and Homeland (Channel 4) and acclaimed stage productions – Wig Out (Royal Court) and Hamlet (National Theatre). Along with Radio plays including a serial written by playwright Roy Williams OBE Interrogation (BBC Radio 4) Lanipekun is a highly sought after creative.

Though he’s branching out into the filmmaker realm with his recently completed short film Run, starring Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, Lanipekun finds himself back on our screens in Sky Atlantic thriller series, Riviera.

Picking up from where season 1 left off, Lanipekun plays Raafi, husband of ‘the impossibly stylish‘ Daphne (Poppy Delevingne). They’ve both sailed to the shores of the Cote d’Azur along with Daphne’s mother Lady Cassandra Eltham and brother Nico (Jack Fox). The Elthams come with secrets of their own.

Grieving and trying to pick up the pieces after her billionaire husband’s mysterious yacht death Georgina (Julia Stiles) not only has to contend with the new and troublesome Elthams, she’s also battling to retain some sort of control of her world.

TBB Talks spoke to Lanipekun about what his character will bring to the popular series and about his career path thus far …

Riviera returns to Sky Atlantic Thursdays at 9pm. First episode airs 23rd May. Find out more about the series here.


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