Principal cast members revealed for Channel 4’s new series HIGHLIFE
Channel 4 is delighted to reveal the principal cast members of the Black British premium docu-ality series Highlife, made in partnership with Google Pixel and co-produced by CR8TIVE ROW and Optomen.
Highlife follow the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamourous young British West Africans 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 CAST OF HIGHLIFE
All about Cuppy:
Cuppy 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. As a charismatic, open minded and bubbly socialite, she is never afraid to dig deeper and use her multiple platforms to discuss issues such as mental health, body image and a representation of Black women in higher education. Cuppy has a degree from Kings College, a masters from NYU and is heading off to get a second masters from Oxford.
Tomi 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. Born in Nigeria but raised in Oxford, Tomi is the only son of the Adenle family and considers his sisters, Toni and Tara, his closest friends. This summer, he's due to marry his soulmate Kamille, who he proposed to after a whirlwind romance of just seven months! They've been together since 2019 and met via Instagram.
Kamille is a Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter/producer, born and bred in South London. Kamille's song writing credits have contributed to over 8 billion streams, 5 x UK #1 singles; 10x UK #1 albums; 18 x Top 10 singles, and 24 UK Platinum records (including two Triple-Platinum and three Double-Platinum);
Her father is Jamaican whilst her mother is Jamaican & Cuban. Kamille is due to marry Tomi this summer. After a connection was made on an Instagram DM, the rest is history.
Toni is known for sharing the highs, lows, and growing pains of self-discovery on social media. She is the eldest sibling in the Adenle family where no topics are barred from discussion and a 'virtual bestie/big sister' to her followers. Toni launched a career as a female empowerment content creator. After a series of life changing moments - including a breakup and health discovery - her motto has become '2021 is my year'!
Chiefer 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. Chiefer was born with sickle cell anaemia, a hereditary red blood cell disorder which most commonly affects people form African or Caribbean backgrounds.
Despite losing his vision in one eye, Chiefer has dominated the jewellery industry, becoming the leading go-to bespoke jeweller creating innovative and contemporary designs. He’s also built up a growing list of celebrity clientele, including Anthony Joshua and Jorja Smith.
Bernicia Boateng is an effacious 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. Born and raised in East London, she grew up with Ghanaian parents and her two sisters - all of whom are business owners in their own right. Bernicia has been doing make-up for 11 years but was able to really launch her brand and studio after she was finally able to persuade her father to invest in her unconventional vision.
Kidd 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. A self-professed mummy's boy, Kidd says that his dad gives him 'the lifestyle' whilst his mum gives him 'values and love'. Kidd graduated from university with his first degree in business management and marketing followed by a Masters in international business and management. He then went to work as a broker and lobbyist.
Following his own personal experiences, Kidd plans to launch a charity, The Kiddwaya Foundation; with its first mission to tackle the UK's knife crime amongst black youths.
Irene 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.
Irene is the founder of the TTYA franchise her umbrella brands include her Nigerian fashion brand, events programme and more recently her podcast series which focuses on championing black women in the creative space. She started her podcast series TTYA Talks during lockdown as a means to inspire a younger generation looking to understand more about careers in the creative space. Irene profiles guests including; Model and Designer Leomie Anderson, Musician FKA Twigs, Model Neelam Gill, global broadcaster and lead DJ for Beats 1 and Apple's 24/7 Julie Adenuga.
Highlife will launch its four-part run on the 10th September as part of the 10pm slot for the Black To Front Project.
Notes to Editors
Highlife is series directed by Daps, who also executive produces alongside Daniella Berendsen and Luti Fagbenle.
Georgina Hinds is showrunner and Shurwin Beckford series producer. Lucy Palmer is Series Editor and Zuelika Brown Series Edit Producer
Highlife is made in partnership with Google Pixel and co-produced by CR8TIVE ROW and Optomen.