Death of England: The former prisoner turned leading man
Michael Balogun was serving a jail sentence when he was allowed to work on licence in the kitchens at RADA, the famous drama school, where his acting talents were discovered.
He has since gone on to forge a successful career as an actor, which reached a high point this summer when the National Theatre asked him to step-up from being the understudy to taking the lead role in a new play called Death of England: Delroy.
The play is due to return to the National Theatre stage in Spring 2021.
Michael and the writers spoke to the BBC's Arts Editor, Will Gompertz.