Kensal Green resident turns his back on crime and wins part in ILL Manors with Plan B

12:45 09 June 2012

Lee Allen, who lives and grew up in Kensal Green, is one of the stars of ILL Manors a new film starring rapper Plan B

Lee Allen, who lives and grew up in Kensal Green, is one of the stars of ILL Manors a new film starring rapper Plan B

Archant

Lee Allen went to prison for drug offences in 2004

A resident who became embroiled in violence and drug dealing during a tough upbringing has turned his life around and landed a lead role in a movie.

Lee Allen, of Hiley Road, Kensal Green, spent three years in prison after living a life of crime on the streets of Brent.

The 32-year-old appears in ILL Manors, the directorial debut of rapper and songwriter Plan B which was released last week.

Speaking to the Times, Mr Allen described how he was cast for the film.

He said: “I already knew him [Plan B] from working on the production of another film and he told me he was working on new a script and that he had a character in mind for me.”

The film centres on eight characters and their own personal stories, interspersed with rap music.

Mr Allen plays Chris, who is out to avenge the murder of his sister.

He said: “It focuses on decisions people take in life and how they affect them. Sometimes you take the right one and sometimes not.”

“I think I made a lot of bad decisions in my life so I can relate to the character in that sense,” he added.

Mr Allen was jailed in 2004 for intent to supply drugs including Ecstasy and Cocaine

However, he believes it was the decisions he made in his early life which led to him spending time inside.

He said: “My parents died of cancer when I was still at college, I had hopes and dreams like anyone else but I became angry and frustrated and so turned to crime.

“I would have drugs on me and would be dealing and always getting into fights on the street or a night out.”

However, he said it was three years spent in prison which he described as “torture” that encouraged him to better his life.

He said: “People have a misconception of prison that it is full of violence and bullying but the worst thing is not being able to do anything all day.

“You have so much time to think yet don’t have the opportunity to take steps towards achieving your goals.

“It really is like a form of torture so I made up my mind that I would pursue something creative when I got out.”

After securing the role in the film, his aim now is to pursue his acting career and encourage youngsters to achieve their goals in life.

He said: “Every young person out there has a dream and ambition, no matter what you might think of them.

“I think schools need to be encouraged to offer more in terms of work experience to young people; I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity and other people should be given the chance to discover their passion too.”

Mr Allen is keen to visit local schools to talk to them about his experience, to contact him call 07405964617 or email leeactorallen@gmail.com

ILL Manors is out at cinemas now.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Rio Ferdinand, Kieron Richardson and a microphone sounds like a recipe for disaster.

Read more

Stereo Kicks could be set to shrink to improve its chances of X Factor success.

Read more

First it was the rain that was out to get him. Now, seven years later, it’s Steve McClaren versus the wind.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

From birds and insects to a frog, iguana and lions: the beautiful shots of the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition.

How does 3D gaming really affect video game aficionados?

It’s blown off course and back up the hill.

There’s not many worse places that you can mistake a bar for than a prison.

Quirky London