First look: Roger Nsengiyumva’s starring role in the BBC’s new thriller Informer
PUBLISHED: 15:43 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 10 October 2018
Take a first look at Norwich’s Roger Nsengiyumva’s starring role in new BBC One primetime drama Informer which starts on Tuesday.
Here is the first glimpse of former City of Norwich School actor Roger Nsengiyumva in BBC One’s new counter-terrorism thriller Informer.
The drama, which starts on Tuesday, is a complex, character-driven thriller about Raza, a young second generation British-Pakistani man from East London who is
coerced by Gabe, a Counter-Terrorism Officer into informing for him.
Gabe, who has a past he wants to remain secret, is joined by Holly, his new and ambitious partner whose endless curiosity becomes a threat to him. And as the central counter-terrorism investigation heats up, the stakes for all three, their families and relationships, get higher and higher.
Roger plays Dadir Hassan, a third generation British-Somali who was raised in the concrete tower blocks of East London. Charismatic, ebullient but a half-cocked hand grenade, any interaction with Dadir could end in a hug or a fist fight.
Although he was two when he left Rwanda, Nsengiyumva grew up knowing his country’s history. He was born in Kigali to Tutsi parents in the same month violence broke out. His father, John, was murdered by Hutu neighbours who had attended their wedding only a month earlier and his mother Illuminée went on the run with Roger strapped to her back. She survived homelessness, malnutrition and rape before the Tutsi-dominated rebels defeated the Hutu militia.
Illuminée moved to the UK and brought up Nsengiyumva in Norwich, speaking a mix of English and their native language of Kinyarwanda.
In 2004, for the 10th anniversary of the atrocities, Nsengiyumva made an emotional return to Kigali (turned into the BBC3 documentary, Roger: Genocide Baby) to visit the place his father was killed.
Growing up, Roger wanted to be a professional footballer and later started to train for a role in the Army - but when film producer Mark Blaney saw an article in the EDP about him when he was 16, he knew he’d found the right person to play Fabrice, the football fanatic in Africa United.