Peacock’s “Bel Air” is one of the biggest shows to hit streaming as of recently and that’s no surprise considering the show is a spin off of one of the biggest comedies from the 90’s “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”!!
Will Smith knew exactly what he was doing with choosing this cast for the show because they all work so well together.
One of the actors that doesn’t get enough credit is Jimmy Akingbola who plays Geoffrey. His spin on the character is iconic nonetheless.
So who’s the star behind the character?
Jimmy recently spoke about being adopted by White parents at the age of 2 years old.
Speaking with Deadline, he opened up about making a “positive story about adoption” to help inspire Black children in care in the upcoming ITV documentary Handle with Care.
“I have had to overcome a lot of difficulties but overall my experience was positive,” Akingbola said of his time growing up after being adopted by a white family at age 2, when he left his Nigerian parents. “There is nuance here — we need to go beyond the clickbait and ‘black and white’ view of these stories.”
“When I was younger it was like watching [Will Smith] play me,” he went on to say. “And now here I am telling my story and playing Geoffrey at the same time. You can’t really make it up. I was told the other day that he’s the mist iconic British TV character in the U.S. and am so proud to be playing him.”
Handle with Care tells the story of a heartwrenching, emotional and educational journey taken by Akingbola, who meets other Black people who grew up in care along the way such as Save Me star Lennie James and athlete Kriss Akabusi.
We never knew this news about Jimmy and it’s nice that he’s opening up! We can’t wait to see the documentary.