Olly Alexander to Star in 80s AIDS Drama ‘Boys’ from the Creator of ‘Queer As Folk’

Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander has been cast in the lead role of Queer As Folk creator Russell T. Davies’ upcoming new show Boys.

The musician will play Ritchie Tozer, an 18-year-old gay man starting a new life in London in 1981, arriving at the beginning of the UK’s AIDS crisis.

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“I feel like the luckiest boy in the world to be a part of this project,” Alexander said in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of Russell T Davies ever since I watched Queer As Folk in secret at 14 years old. His work helped shape my identity as a gay person so I’m absolutely over the moon we’ll be working together.”

The five-part series will follow Alexander’s character – the “golden boy” keeping secrets from his family – along with his new friends, 17-year-old party lad Roscoe Babatunde (Omari Douglas), quiet and unassuming Welsh boy Colin Morris-Jones (Callum Scott Howells), and straight-talking Jill Baxter (Lydia West) as they grow up “in the shadow of AIDS.”

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AGGHH SO I HAVE SOME COOL NEWS ……meet my new family for the next few months…. IM SO EXCITED to be a part of “Boys” !!!!!!!!!!!! an original five part series by the incredible @russelltdavies63 for @channel4 , filming starts on monday and i really hope i remember how to act ! the show is about a group of friends and their loves and lives and it takes place in the 80’s and …. …: it’s really really really REALLY AMAZING i wish i could tell you what happens but you’ll just have to wait and see 🙂 i can’t believe this is happening and with such an amazing group of people yay i’m excited i can post about it from now on :-)))))) lol actor olly begin initiation sequence !!! here we goooooo💜💙💛💜💙💛#Boys #SometimesAGirlJustNeedsOne happy 🙂 but a bit scared :)))))))) eeeeeeeeee

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