If you are going to talk about your life it helps if you have a compelling back story. Darren Harriott has hinterland with knobs on. His Rastafarian father was a drug dealer who committed suicide in prison: “My family tree is a cannabis plant,” he chuckles in his breakthrough debut show, Defiant.
Harriott, 28, is passionate, articulate, witty and bursting with streetwise confidence. He is from Oldbury in the West Midlands but lives in a London houseshare. His flatmate upstairs is nicknamed North Korea because “he doesn’t trust anyone south of him.”
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