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Walters not planning to risk US TV

Ashley Walters has revealed he won't be following the stream of British actors trying their luck across the pond.

The former So Solid Crew rapper is now a successful actor, with roles including Top Boy, the hit drama about life in inner-city London which focuses on drug dealing, gangs and murders. But he's happy to stay working in the UK.

Ashley said: "I'm not a big fan of America. It might be my insecurities but I find it quite daunting.

"Everyone's gone over there and been a success - Idris Elba, David Harewood - I don't want to be the one who goes and has to come back, I've got bad luck like that."

The 31-year-old actor revealed he gets recognised a lot by Top Boy fans, and viewers include everyone from the police to gang members, young and old. "That's one of the things I've been proud of - it's crossed boundaries," he said.

"If you're not from this area it's an eye-opener, and if you are from the area then you know this stuff goes on, probably a bit worse than it is on Top Boy."

:: The new series of Top Boy starts on Channel 4 on Tuesday August 20.

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