"The best career advice I received was actually when I was quite young," Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù tells us. "Another actor said to me, that the only thing we needed to do was be nice and do good work. I've held on to that piece of advice the whole way through my career.
"Being excellent at what you do and being good to people are hopefully a recipe for success, but also just a recipe for being proud of yourself and the work you do and the way you treat people."
The advice has clearly served him well; the actor's career is flourishing. Following stints at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Youth Theatre, Dirisu transitioned into TV and film, and is arguably best known for his role in crime series Gangs of London - which he describes as "the job that changed my life".
"It was the first time I was playing the lead in a TV series that was going to be really widely distributed, both in the UK and the States and around the world," he says. "It's the one that people remember me for the most, at the moment. Hopefully there will be others that supersede it in the future."
But it's his latest role as Bol in horror film His House which has garnered the 30-year-old much critical acclaim; culminating in a British Independent Film Award and a nomination for the EE Rising Star Award at this year's BAFTAs - the eventual winner of which will be decided by the British public.
"It's so overwhelming for me, and I feel so incredibly blessed," he tells us. "It feels like an investment and an acknowledgement of one's potential. Like, look at what you've done so far, and we believe that you're going to go on to do so much more."
From his guilty pleasure to his strangest audition experience and what makes him happiest, discover everything you don't know about Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù in our exclusive video above.
Public voting for the EE Rising Star Award is now open at ee.co.uk/BAFTA and the winner will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 11 April 2021.
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