Egyptian actor Ahmed Malek joined on January 30th the cast of BBC’s new television series BOILING POINT. The series, which began filming in Manchester, UK, is co-directed by Philip Barantini and Mounia Akl, who directed COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON.
The five-episode series is set to air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and is a continuation of the award-winning film BOILING POINT (2021), which followed the head chef of a restaurant, Andy (Stephen Graham), who wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year.
The series picks up six months after the film left off and sees Carly (Vinette Robinson), who was previously a sous chef, now a head chef at her own restaurant, with many of Andy’s original team alongside her.
As the pressure mounts to keep the restaurant full, Carly begins to feel the magnitude of responsibility that comes with running an establishment.
As previously revealed, Robinson, Graham, and Hannah Walters will reprise their roles from the multi-award-winning film. They will be joined by the film’s co-stars Ray Panthaki, Gary Lamont, Taz Skylar, Daniel Larkai, Stephen McMillan, Hannah Traylen, and Izuka Hoyle.
The film received much critical acclaim when it released in 2021 and was nominated for over 30 awards, scoring four British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) nominations, 11 British Independent Film Awards nominations and four wins, and four Taormina Film Festival Awards.
Among Malek’s latest international artworks is Sally El-Hosaini’s THE SWIMMERS alongside Kinda Alloush and Ali Suliman, which opened the 47th Toronto International Film Festival and is currently available on Netflix.
Before that, he played the leading role in the Australian film THE FURNACE in 2020. The film was written and directed by Roderick MacKay. Malek was nominated for Best Leading Actor for this role, and the film was also nominated for Best Film at the AACTA in 2021. The AACTA is the Australian counterpart for the Oscars in the US and the BAFTA in the UK.