Inside life of Top Boy star Ashley Walters from So Solid Crew to his 8 kids

Top Boy: Season 3 official trailer on Netflix

Top Boy star Ashley Walters is at the heart of the London drug-dealing drama and fans cannot help but want to know all there is about the star away from the cameras.

Season three will spell the end of the Netflix series once and for all, wrapping up kingpins Dushane (played by Ashley Walters) and Sully’s (Kane “Kano” Robinson) stories for good.

With the show ready to take its final bow, subscribers are curious to know all there is about Walters’ life before and during his time on Top Boy.

Music lovers will best recognise him as Asher D in the British rap group So Solid Crew.

A 17-year-old Walters and the rest of his bandmates won a Brit Award for their No.1 hit song 21 Seconds which came out in 2001.

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Just one month after accepting the prestigious award though, Walters was sentenced to 18 months behind bars for possession of a converted air pistol which was loaded with ammunition.

It was following his release from prison that he decided to take a step back from the world of rap and pursue acting instead.

Walters went on to get his big break as Rick in the 2004 movie Bullet Boy which was inspired by his own experience as an ex-offender trying to rebuild his life after prison.

He has since been in Safe House, Bulletproof, Cuffs and Truckers, just to name a few, prior to starring in the hit Channel 4-turned-Netflix series Top Boy.

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Away from the small screen, Walters spends much of his personal time as a doting dad to eight children.

The 41-year-old has two sons, Shayon, 21, and 18-year-old Panera, as well as daughter China, 20, with his ex-partner Natalie Williams.

He went on to have daughters Antonia and Ashleigh with another woman before eight-year-old Amaiya-Love and five-year-old River with Danielle Isaie who he married in 2013.

He is also the step-father to his wife’s child from another relationship and so is a father-of-eight, in addition to becoming a grandfather to Neveah Jade Walters, when he was 38.

Living in Hernhill with Danielle and his children, Walters opened up about their lifestyle to the Guardian.

He said: “It can be crazy, juggling it all, both of us working, too.

“I’ve called two of my children this week, but I need to call the others.

“ I find it a challenge sometimes to have all that responsibility.”

Top Boy season three premieres on Thursday, September 7, on Netflix.

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