Highlife: Meet the cast of Channel 4's new reality series

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Channel 4 has revealed the cast for Highlife, described as "the first Black British premium reality series".

The series will debut on Friday, 10 September at 10PM as part of Channel 4 Represents: Black to Front.


Channel 4 share: "Highlife follows the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamourous young Nigerian Brits all chasing their own idea of success.

"Highlighting a community where high family expectations often impact career choices, relationships and even friendship groups, the four-part docu-ality series is an aspirational but utterly relatable authentic portrayal of British life."

Meet the Highlife cast

The cast, pictured above (L-R) features Toni, Kamille, Tomi, Chiefer, Bernicia, Cuppy, Kiddwaya and Irene.

Cuppy (Instagram: @cuppymusic) is a 28-year-old ambitious DJ and musician, entrepreneur, and a philanthropist from arguably the most prominent Nigerian family living in the UK - The Otedolas.

Born in Nigeria but raised in Oxford, Tomi (Instagram: @tomimusic) is a 30-year-old music producer and self-taught DJ. Signed to Sony BMG he has worked with the likes of popstars Ellie Goulding and Mabel.

Kamille (Instagram: @kamille) is a Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter/producer, born and bred in South London


Toni (Instagram: @t0nit0ne) is known for sharing the highs, lows, and growing pains of self-discovery on social media

Chiefer (Instagram: @chieferdcypha) is a successful Mayfair based conceptual designer, with Ghanaian heritage. Growing up in London as one of six boys, Chiefer soon established himself as the aspiring neighbourhood jeweller.

Bernicia Boateng (Instagram: @berniciaboateng) is an efficacious and well-connected beauty content creator and celebrity make-up artist. Her notable clientele includes award-winning actress Michaela Coel, model Leomie Anderson and TV and Radio presenter Clara Amfo.

Kiddwaya or Kidd (Instagram: @kiddwaya) is a company director, entrepreneur, brand ambassador, presenter, aspiring actor and Emotion Content Creator. He was born in Nigeria but moved to the UK at the age of six with his mum after his parents divorced.

Irene (Instagram: @irenettya) is a global tastemaker, opinion former, cultural creator and founder of the TTYA franchise. Irene does a lot within BAME communities to help educate and inform. She has worked with talent such as Skepta, Burna Boy, Wizkid as well as many well-known brands.

Highlife begins on Friday, 10 September at 10PM on Channel 4 and All 4. Episodes will continue Fridays at 10PM.

Channel 4 commissioning editor Vivienne Molokwu, who is one of the forces behind Black To Front said: “This four-part series represents an exciting opportunity to portray young Black Britain without a gun or gang in sight.

"Glossy, ambitious and unapologetic, just like it’s cast, this confident new series will look different both in front of and behind the camera whilst still reflecting the highs and lows of life in a way we can all relate to.”


Daps, CEO of co-producers CR8TIVE ROW, added: “There remains a lack of representation on British television. There are systemic issues that have disabled, or not enabled, certain groups to get key opportunities within the industry.

"This reality-doc series combats both these issues celebrating a group of young successful Black Brits and highlights issues this demographic face in an accessible way.”

Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby of co-producers Optomen commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with the incredibly talented Daps and Luti on such a bold and visually exciting new series. Together we hope we can make something that’s totally different, giving a voice to a new generation of Black talent.”

Other shows confirmed for Channel 4's Black to Front include a one-off special of The Big Breakfast fronted by Mo Gilligan.


Meanwhile shows such as Celebrity Gogglebox, Countdown and Channel 4 News will feature all Black talent while Hollyoaks will be an hour-long special entirely written, directed and performed by its Black talent.

Picture: Toni, Kamille, Tomi, Cheifer, Bernicia, Cuppy, Kidd and Irene

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