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Stephen: Adil Ray looks solemn as he takes on the role of Imran Khan in the Stephen Lawrence drama

Adil Ray looked solemn while taking on the role of Imran Khan in newly-released images from ITV’s upcoming drama, Stephen.

First look pictures from Stephen Lawrence murder investigation drama show the 47-year-old wearing a navy suit while transforming into the solicitor.

Khan had only been working as a lawyer for 18 months when he took on the case and was awarded the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 2018.

Serious: Adil Ray looked solemn as he took on the role of solicitor Imran Khan in the ITV drama which detailed Stephen Lawrence’s murder probe

Working hard: Unseen pictures from the first episode of the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation drama show Steve Coogan (playing Clive Driscoll) with his team

Working hard: Unseen pictures from the first episode of the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation drama show Steve Coogan (playing Clive Driscoll) with his team

Stabbed to death in a 1993 racist attack in South-East London, it was not until 2012 that justice was brought to the family of 18-year-old Londoner Stephen. 

Two men were convicted of his murder only after a campaign for justice was launched by his parents Doreen and Neville.

Set in 2006 and due on ITV later this month, the drama tells the story of how detective chief inspector Clive Driscoll, played by Steve Coogan, led the probe that finally secured the convictions.

Coming soon: Unseen pictures from the first episode of the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation drama show the 47-year-old wearing a navy suit while transforming into the solicitor

Hero: Khan had only been working as a lawyer for 18 months when he took on the case and was awarded the rank of Queen's Counsel in 2018 (Real-life Imran in 1998)

Hero: Khan had only been working as a lawyer for 18 months when he took on the case and was awarded the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 2018 (Real-life Imran in 1998, right, Adil as Imran in 2021, left) 

In character: Steve Coogan is playing the role of DCI Clive Driscoll - who put together an investigation that secured the convictions of the two gang members

In character: Steve Coogan is playing the role of DCI Clive Driscoll – who put together an investigation that secured the convictions of the two gang members

Talented: Stephen's mother, now Baroness Lawrence, is played by Sharlene Whyte (right) and his father by Hugh Quarshie (left)

Talented: Stephen’s mother, now Baroness Lawrence, is played by Sharlene Whyte (right) and his father by Hugh Quarshie (left)

It also stars Sian Brooke as Met Police chief Cressida Dick – acting deputy commissioner at the time of the verdict – and Jorden Myrie as Stephen’s brother Stuart.

Stephen’s mother, now Baroness Lawrence, is played by Sharlene Whyte and his father by Hugh Quarshie.

Both actors said they did not meet the Lawrences while researching the roles as they felt it would be unfair to make them relive the case again.

Will the real Cressida Dick please stand up? The Metropolitan Police Commissioner folds her arms for the camera (pictured)

The senior officer: It also stars Sian Brooke (pictured)as Met Police chief Cressida Dick – acting deputy commissioner at the time of the verdict

The senior officer: It also stars Sian Brooke (right) as Met Police chief Cressida Dick (left)  – acting deputy commissioner at the time of the verdict

In charge: Clive Driscoll headed the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force

Close-likeness: Steve Coogan playing Clive

In charge: Clive Driscoll (left) headed the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force and is played by Steve Coogan (right)

The family: Stuart Lawrence (left), Doreen Lawrence (middle) and Neville Lawrence (right)

The family: Stuart Lawrence (left), Doreen Lawrence (middle) and Neville Lawrence (right)

‘I was trying to keep a respectful space,’ Miss Whyte added. 

The drama is a sequel to The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, which was screened in 1999.

Actor Quarshie said he spoke to Neville Lawrence ‘the first time around’.

He added: ‘I was very aware of the fact that I don’t sound anything like him, I don’t look anything like him so it was important to grab his essence or some aspect of it.

Respectful: Both actors said they did not meet the Lawrences while researching the roles (Hugh Quarshie plays Neville Lawrence)

Considerate: They felt it would be unfair to make the parents relive the case again (Sharlene Whyte plays Doreen Lawrence)

Respectful: Both actors said they did not meet the Lawrences while researching the roles as they felt it would be unfair to make them relive the case again (Hugh Quarshie plays Neville Lawrence, left, and Sharlene Whyte plays Doreen Lawrence, right)

Doting mum: Sharlene Whyte, in character, poses alongside a photo of Stephen Lawrence

Doting mum: Sharlene Whyte, in character, poses alongside a photo of Stephen Lawrence

Success: The drama tells the story of how detective chief inspector Clive Driscoll, played by Steve Coogan, led the probe that finally secured the convictions.

Success: The drama tells the story of how detective chief inspector Clive Driscoll, played by Steve Coogan, led the probe that finally secured the convictions.

‘This time around I felt that I had his impersonation in the bank, so to speak. But I had a feeling that it was going to be kind of intrusive to ask a man whose son had been murdered, ‘how did you feel about the second investigation?’.

‘And it was pretty clear that this script is less a reconstruction and more of a dramatic interpretation of events, so it was less about trying to imitate or impersonate Neville and more about trying to interpret the script.’

On not meeting Doreen, Miss Whyte added: ‘I didn’t feel that it was right that I go to her and start asking her questions and asking her to relive the experience yet again, because I can imagine how raw and traumatic that would be. 

On the phone: Actor Quarshie said he spoke to Neville Lawrence 'the first time around'

On the phone: Actor Quarshie said he spoke to Neville Lawrence ‘the first time around’

Holding back: On not meeting Doreen, Miss Whyte added: 'I didn't feel that it was right that I go to her and start asking her questions'

Holding back: On not meeting Doreen, Miss Whyte added: ‘I didn’t feel that it was right that I go to her and start asking her questions’

Skilled: 'I was very aware of the fact that I don't sound anything like him, I don't look anything like him so it was important to grab his essence or some aspect of it,' Hugh said

Skilled: ‘I was very aware of the fact that I don’t sound anything like him, I don’t look anything like him so it was important to grab his essence or some aspect of it,’ Hugh said

Also in the cast is Richie Campbell as Duwayne Brooks, who was a friend of Stephen’s and who was with him at the time he was murdered. 

Stephen was killed on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

Even though Doreen and Neville Lawrence knew the identity of their son’s killers, the original investigation had failed to convict those responsible.

Frustrating: Even though Doreen and Neville Lawrence knew the identity of their son’s killers, the original investigation had failed to convict those responsible

Frustrating: Even though Doreen and Neville Lawrence knew the identity of their son’s killers, the original investigation had failed to convict those responsible

Captivating: Yazmin Mwanza plays Georgina Lawrence, Stephen's sister

Captivating: Yazmin Mwanza plays Georgina Lawrence, Stephen’s sister

Spellbinding: Sharlene Whyte as Doreen Lawrence (left), Jorden Myrie as Stuart Lawrence (middle) and Hugh Quarshie as Neville Lawrence (right)

Spellbinding: Sharlene Whyte as Doreen Lawrence (left), Jorden Myrie as Stuart Lawrence (middle) and Hugh Quarshie as Neville Lawrence (right)

The killers: David Norris, played by Rob Witcomb (left) and Gary Dobson, played by Stephen Patten (right)

The killers: David Norris, played by Rob Witcomb (left) and Gary Dobson, played by Stephen Patten (right)

The family’s extraordinary campaign for justice led to a public inquiry which branded Metropolitan Police institutionally racist.

It also brought about sweeping changes in the law and police practices, transforming thinking and understanding of racial inequality in the UK.

Yet six years on from the Inquiry no progress had been made into the case.

The ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville to achieve justice is documented in the series.

Gripping: The drama tells the story of the ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville to achieve justice

Gripping: The drama tells the story of the ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville to achieve justice

Justice: DCI Driscoll puts together an investigation that finally – more than 18 years after his death – secures the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder of Stephen

Justice: DCI Driscoll puts together an investigation that finally – more than 18 years after his death – secures the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder of Stephen

The drama has been produced by HTM (Hat Trick Mercurio) Television in association with Baby Cow Productions and executive produced by Mark Redhead, who produced the original drama in 1999.

Paul Greengrass, award winning screenwriter and director, who wrote and directed the Murder of Stephen Lawrence will also serve as an Executive Producer. Jimmy Mulville and Jed Mercurio are also executive producers.

Stephen was directed by Alrick Riley and produced by Madonna Baptiste. The sequel is written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Cottrell Boyce.

Tragic: Stephen (pictured) was killed on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham

Tragic: Stephen (pictured) was killed on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham

The production team are producing this sequel with the full support of the Lawrence family, most notably Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence, who have given the drama their blessing.

Producer Madonna Baptiste said: ‘The Lawrences’ campaign for justice totally transformed attitudes to race and equality in the UK and it’s an honour to be able to help tell what is an untold chapter in their story.

‘Current events only highlight how relevant and important Stephen’s case remains and it is such a privilege to work with Hattrick, Frank and Joe Cottrell-Boyce, Alrick Riley and our amazing cast to bring this important story to screen.’

Stephen will air on ITV later this month.

Family: Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence (pictured in 2018) have supported the new ITV drama about their son

Family: Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence (pictured in 2018) have supported the new ITV drama about their son

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