For CBBC, Jordan Adene has most recently been seen playing Finn in their new sci-fi series Silverpoint, which aired earlier this year and has since been picked up by Hulu for a global release, and he filmed as Malcolm of Vyrad in Heirs of the Night, with both of his characters appearing in all episodes of their respective series. Jordan has worked on the upcoming feature film Catherine Called Birdy and his previous projects have included playing Ibra in Young Wallander, having a guest role in Holby City as Peter Woodward and making his series regular debut as Sam Morton in the 2018 release of the TV series Wanderlust. Recently, Jordan told us about playing Finn in CBBC’s Silverpoint, filming as Malcolm of Vyrad in Heirs of the Night and appearing as Ibra in Young Wallander.
What is Finn like to play in the new CBBC series Silverpoint and was there anything that drew you to the role?
I really enjoyed playing Finn – I saw different ways in which I could relate to the character which is always a plus – Finn makes the most of where he is, his main objective in camp was to have as much fun as he could, being his last year of camp, which is exactly what he tried to do.
Can you tell us about the series and your character?
Silverpoint is a sci-fi fantasy teen series; mainly focused on four kids and their discovery of an extra-terrestrial presence within the camp. I play Finn, one of the older members at camp, who through the series becomes increasingly suspicious of the strange happenings in the camp and later becomes more entangled with this himself.
What was it like on set of the show and how was it working with the rest of the cast?
We filmed in Belfast for about six months during the pandemic, with all the usual restrictions on and off set. There was a good vibe with the cast and crew, which is always helpful with large-scale projects such as this. We made the most of the time we had and got on well.
How was it seeing the series be released on CBBC earlier this year and what’s it been like seeing the fan response?
It’s been great seeing the final product and how well the show has been received. Watching back a production that you’ve been a part of is a humbling experience and gives you a better appreciation of all the time and effort put in by the cast and production crew. The series is also growing in global presence with the take-up by Hulu, which is great to see.
Do you have any stand-out highlights from your time filming Silverpoint that you can tell us about?
I particularly enjoyed the scenes in Ep 7, where we had to run from a ‘dinosaur’, it was quite surreal. Seeing how the scene comes to life on screen, even more so.
You played Malcolm of Vyrad in Heirs of the Night, what was the show like to film?
Heirs of the Night was my first real experience filming away from home for a considerable amount of time, and a rather sizeable project too. We filmed for about ten months; shooting Seasons 1 and 2 at once, at several locations in Europe (Latvia, Lithuania, Norway Croatia). Malcolm was an interesting character to play. He is the oldest of the Heirs and wants to do the right thing but prone to jealously and rage, which causes him to rebel from time to time.
Is there anything you enjoyed most about working on the series and how was it getting into character for the first time?
I loved doing the stunts, the fight scenes and underwater scenes. With Heirs, costumes and makeup played a big part in getting into character; Malcolm had his signature suit, contact lenses and fangs, which made the emotional transition and honing into Malcolm’s mindset and behaviour much easier.
What are some of your favourite memories from being in the cast of Heirs of the Night and playing Malcolm of Vyrad?
There was a great bond with the cast and crew; the Heirs bonded really well too. We had a lot of fun on and off set. Saying our goodbyes at the end of the shoot was the hardest part. We all got together and watched a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary of our time on set, which was just awesome. The International Emmy Kids Award 2021 nomination is a testament to all the hard work and expertise that went into putting it all together.
In 2020, you were seen as Ibra in Netflix series Young Wallander, how was the experience filming for this role?
Playing Ibra was quite different to any of the other roles I had played prior to it – Young Wallander is for a more mature audience in comparison to some of my previous roles. Ibra had some real-life issues to deal with – a young lad trying to make it as a professional footballer, but held back by negative influences around him. In this role, I got to work with the lead (Adam Pålsson) and had to dig deeply in some emotionally-charged scenes.
What was it like having a guest role on Holby City and can you tell us about your character Peter Woodward?
Holby City is a popular, long-standing British TV series, so for me, it was an honour to be cast in it. I was involved in a teenage pregnancy storyline. The cast and crew were very welcoming, which made the experience less daunting and more enjoyable for me.
Do you remember how you felt booking your first series regular role of Sam Morton in Wanderlust and what was the show like to work on?
I was excited when I got the call regarding Wanderlust. I was 16 and it was a first major role for me. I was particularly excited about being in a show alongside notable actors like Toni Collette, Steve Mackintosh and Zawe Ashton. We filmed in Manchester – studio and on location, the cast and crew were professional and I learnt a lot from the experience. It further deepened my passion for cinema.
How did you get into acting and is it something you always wanted to do?
I’ve had a passion for acting from a really young age. My parents helped nurture this by putting me in stage school from age seven to ten. I was fortunate to be cast in theatre productions like South Pacific, The Wiz and a few commercials (BT, VW), which helped boost my passion and gave me an early taste and feel into the craft and the industry.
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch?
I’m a huge fan of cinema. My favourite film is The Pursuit of Happyness – great storyline and brilliant acting! I’m also a fan of the Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad universe, Stranger Things is also a top choice for me, the Harry Potter series are great too – my favourite is The Prisoner of Azkaban.
How do you like to spend your time away from acting?
I just graduated from university, with a BSc in Business Management. When I’m not filming, auditioning or studying, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching films/TV and travelling.
Are you able to say anything about your upcoming project Catherine Called Birdy and what are you hoping the rest of the year brings for your career?
Catherine Called Birdy was a great project to be a part of, though I had only a small role in it. I look forward to seeing it in the cinema when it’s released. I’m hoping to grow my career as an adult actor, and looking forward to taking on more challenging roles and expanding my versatility and skills as an actor.
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