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The Bay series 3: Jamal actor Nadeem Islam on how he ‘used emotion’ of personal family loss to ‘tell the story truthfully’

‘I’d like this to pay tribute to my father,’ the actor said (Picture: ITV)

The Bay star Nadeem Islam, who plays Jamal in series 3 of the ITV police drama, has opened up about a personal family loss he experienced in his own life, saying that he ‘used the emotion’ of grief to ‘tell the story truthfully’.

In the new episodes of the programme, new lead DS Jenn Townsend (Marsha Thomason) is tasked with helping to support the Rahman family after the middle son, promising boxer Saif Rahman, is murdered.

Saif’s family are grief-stricken by Saif’s death, including Mariam Rahman (Rina Mahoney), oldest son Adnan Rahman (Michael Karim) and Jamal, who is still at school.

During a recent conversation with Metro.co.uk, 25-year-old Nadeem shared that he lost his dad at a young age, explaining how the Rahman family in The Bay reminded him of his own relatives.

‘The family tragedy is very close to me, as my father passed away when I was very young. So the idea of grief is very personal and I used this emotion to tell the story truthfully,’ he said.

The actor continued: ‘Nevertheless, I tried to carefully detach the tragedy from my personal life as it’s two different matters, but the idea of grief is still there. The family getting through it together reminds me a lot of my own family, I’m very grateful for them.

‘I’d like this to pay tribute to my father.’

Nadeem praised his talented co-stars on the series (Picture: ITV/Tall Story Pictures)

Nadeem’s shares many of his scenes in The Bay with his on-screen mother and brother, several of which become quite heated as they each cope with their loss in different ways.

Describing Rina and Michael as ‘mind-blowingly talented actors’, Nadeem said that he was able to ‘fire up’ his emotions during filming ‘because of their portrayal of the characters, the way they performed and the way they remembered that I’m not Nadeem, I’m Jamal who they had to neglect at times due to the distraction of their own grief’.

‘I became Jamal because of them,’ he said. ‘After the takes, we’d check in with each other and make sure that we’re still cool. Me and Michael would fist bump, in recognition that we proudly got the scene.’

Jamal’s brother, Adnan, has a fractured relationship with their mother (Picture: Ben Blackall/ITV/Tall Story Pictures)

Ahead of The Bay’s series three release, Nadeem spoke to Metro.co.uk about Deaf representation in the entertainment industry, stating that there are ‘not many shows that are willing to show Deaf talents or Deaf storylines’.

‘We make up a large portion of the population of the UK. So for The Bay, I’m so proud to be part of that history, especially in a police drama environment,’ he said.

‘These types of storylines happen to many Deaf people too – it’s time to be realistic. Hopefully the decision by The Bay, and particularly the Casting Director Kelly Valentine Hendry, to cast a Deaf actor will encourage this industry to change for the better.’

When filming began, Tall Stories Pictures – the company that produces The Bay – created a short clip about British sign language, which members of the crew watched so they could learn how to sign.

Nadeem said that it felt like ‘such a massive relief’ and ‘incredibly emotional’ when everyone started communicating with him using sign language, saying: ‘It means the world to me that they were able and willing to do that.’

The Bay returns tonight at 9pm on ITV and is available to watch on ITV Hub.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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