The First Purge is a film that is enriched by its social commentary, steeped in American culture and politics. But in the centre of proceedings is a younger actor hailing from England, in the form of Joivan Wade, best known to British audiences for roles in Eastenders and Doctor Who.

He’s now crossed the Pond to star in The First Purge, the fourth instalment into a successful franchise that dresses up powerful themes in a survivalist thriller genre. We spoke to the actor about entering into the series and what it was like to be only Brit in the leading cast.

He then discusses why he feels black British actors feel the need to set off to the States to search for roles, pointing a lack of opportunities over here in the UK. He tells us of his long-term plans as an actor, why it’s nice to spread his wings and move away from the comedy genre, and he tells us about his next venture – the rap battle drama VS., which is released later on this year.

Watch the full interview below:


To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the others, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

The First Purge is released on July 4th.