Channel 4 and Onyx Collective have unveiled a sneak peek and fresh visuals from the highly anticipated adaptation of Candice Carty-Williams' bestselling novel, "Queenie." The forthcoming eight-part drama series, featuring Dionne Brown (known for "Criminal Record" and "The Walk-In") in the lead role, is scheduled to air on Channel 4 and Hulu in 2024.
Meet Queenie Jenkins, a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman navigating the complexities of straddling two cultures without fitting neatly into either. A resilient South Londoner, she's a journalist, a loyal friend, a not-so-loyal daughter and granddaughter, an occasional catastrophist, and often an underestimated success—always, always enough.
"Queenie" promises to be a razor-sharp, brutally honest, uproariously funny, and deeply relatable series, reflecting the heart and soul of its protagonist. At its essence, it explores the value of a young Black woman and the relentless challenges of life.
Following a tumultuous breakup with her long-term boyfriend Tom (played by Jon Pointing), Queenie embarks on a journey to find solace in unconventional places, realizing that confronting her past is essential for rebuilding.
Samuel Adewunmi takes on the role of Frank, a community-oriented man with big aspirations who has known Queenie since their high school days. Bellah makes her screen debut as Kyazike, Queenie's steadfast friend from school.
The cast also includes Sally Phillips as Gina, Queenie's no-nonsense editor at The Daily Read, Tilly Keeper as Queenie's colleague Darcy, Elisha Applebaum as Queenie's university best friend Cassandra, and Mim Shaikh as the resident wideboy Adi.
For Queenie's family, Llewella Gideon portrays Grandma Veronica, Michelle Greenidge is Aunty Maggie, and Cristale De'Abreu makes her TV debut as Queenie's cousin Diana. Joseph Marcell has been announced for the role of Grandad Wilfred.
New additions to the cast include Joseph Ollman, Melissa Johns, and Laura Whitmore.
"Queenie" was created by Candice Carty-Williams, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer. The series was commissioned by Channel 4, produced by Further South Productions in association with Lionsgate TV, and features a writing team comprising Candice Carty-Williams, Ryan Calais Cameron, Yolanda Mercy, Natasha Brown, and Thara Popoola. Directors Joelle Mae David and Makalla McPherson bring the story to life, with executive producers Steve November and Sarah Conroy from Further South Productions, co-executive producer Lisa Walters, and series producer Ivor Novello-nominated producer Swindle handling the score.
"Queenie" is set to premiere in 2024 on Channel 4 in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with exclusive streaming on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in all other territories.