Although his professional career is just beginning, Kayode says he’s always been drawn to acting, right down to inventing funny voices on the football pitch as a child. He attributes a lot of his talent to growing up on London’s Aylesbury Estate, and although it was tough at times he says he wouldn’t have had it any other way, recalling that “growing up there taught me the art of understanding and communicating with every kind of person, every creed and colour.”
After graduating, Kayode and two friends bought a camera and decided to shoot a mockumentary. With a grand budget of £3, they made two episodes of #HoodDocumentary, released them on YouTube, and shortly thereafter found themselves with over two million viewers. This attracted BBC Three, who commissioned Kayode and his friends to create six five-minute #HoodDocumentary shorts, broadcast online in June 2016. Since then Kayode has been busy, appearing as a lead in Are You Being Served? and shooting for White Gold and Crackanory.
Kayode now wants to encourage other young people to get a camera and make things which are authentic to them, saying “this time last year I was about to complete a theatre course, and now I’m here as a Breakthrough Brit, it’s amazing.”