He wears a shirt by MARGARET HOWELL and a jacket by MHL MARGARET HOWELL. There was a time when Paapa Essiedu’s talent was a secret known only to the British theater establishment. The actor, who was born in East London, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012 and played a string of roles both there and at the National Theatre. He played Hamlet in 2016 with “a priceless vitality, ” according to The Guardian, and won best performance in a play at the UK Theatre Awards.1 In 2020, that all changed when Essiedu took This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Three Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Stage Frights The logic of theater superstitions. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Audience Participation The new rules for watching movies. Arts & Culture Issue 33 Waris Jewelry designer. Wes Anderson regular. Environmental crusader. The many marvelous lives of Waris Ahluwalia. Arts & Culture Issue 23 Elisa Humble, hard-working and taking on Hollywood: Rising actor Elisa Lasowski talks to Pip Usher. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Yoga with Adriene The internet’s best friend is—finally—finding her own flow. Arts & Culture Garden Issue 45 Piet Oudolf The Dutch designer bringing life—and death—to traditional gardens.