Meet the Birmingham actor who has been cast in an international Shakespeare film

Antonio Aakeel on set of The Hungry 01

Antonio Aakeel is flying the flag for young Midlands actors after landing himself a lead role in an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

The 21-year-old recently wrapped up shooting feature filmThe Hungry, an adaptation of Titus Andronicus. The production which marks Bornilla Chatterjee’s debut was green-lit as part of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday celebrations last year, making Birmingham’s Antonio the perfect choice for the Bard’s first tragedy.

Playing a leading role as primary character Chirag Joshi, the contemporary adaption follows Tulsi Joshi – played by Indian film and stage actress Tisca Chopra – who exacts a plan of revenge against business tycoon Tathagat, portrayed by cinema legend Naseeruddin Shah, after believing him to be responsible for the death of one of her sons.

As her plan unfolds, Tulsi finds herself battling her inner darkness whilst trying to protect her other son, Antonio’s character Chirag, after he returns home unannounced and thwarts her calculated plan on a journey of self-destruction.

Antonio has previously starred in British TV dramas including Skins and Doctors. His film credits include The Line of Freedom and The Contract and City of Tiny Lights, which is due to hit cinemas on April 7.