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27 July 2020 14:38

The docu-drama focuses on the racially charged murder of 18-year-old aspiring lawyer Anthony Walker.

THE murder of 18-year-old Anthony Walker shook the nation back in 2005. Walker, who dreamed of being a lawyer, was struck down by Michael Barton and Paul Taylor in an unprovoked racist attack. 5 Anthony Walker was 18-years-old at the time of his murder Credit: Collect Who was Anthony Walker? Anthony Walker was born on February 21, 1987, in Merseyside. Walker was eighteen years old and in his second year of A-levels.

when his life was cut short. He dreamed of one day becoming a lawyer. Walker lived with his parents, Gee and Steve Walker, his two sisters and one brother. 5 Anthony dreamed of becoming a lawyer Credit: check copyright In an interview with The Guardian, Anthony's mum Gee, who was a special needs teacher, said: "My Anthony was the epitome of goodness. "He was loving, caring, selfless, wise beyond his years.

He was even helping me to pay the bills. "He got his first job in McDonald's, and gave me his first wage packet – about £50. "He said we needed to replace the car because it was always breaking down. 5 Gee Walker describes her son as 'the epitome of goodness' Credit: PA:Press Association "So we went down to the car dealership and paid a deposit because I wanted him to take responsibility. "We got a seven-seater Jeep and I made him think he'd purchased it. He was elated. "I put in the rest, of course. He was in training to be a good man." On April 8, 2008, the Crown Prosecution Service created a legal scholarship in Walker's memory. The scheme offers one place in Merseyside to a BAME trainee solicitor who wants to become a fully-fledged solicitor or barrister. 5 Joey Barton's brother Michael was caged over the killing Credit: check copyright What happened to Anthony Walker? On July 29, 2005, Anthony and his cousin Marcus were walking Anthony's girlfriend Louise to a bus stop around 11pm. While walking past a pub, Michael Barton hurled racist abuse at the group, which they ignored. 5 Paul Taylor drove an axe through his skull Credit: PA:Press Association Michael Barton and Paul Taylor then decided to ambush the trio in McGoldrick Park. Marcus and Louise managed to get away, but Anthony wasn't so lucky. Taylor drove an ice pick into his head. Anthony unfortunately died from his wound in the early hours of July 30. The trial took place between November and December 2005, and on December 1, 2005, they were convicted of the murder. The pair were sentenced to minimum terms of 23 years and eight months for Taylor and 17 years and eight months for Barton Lord Justice Leveson said that the pair had perpetrated a "terrifying ambush" and a "racist attack of a type poisonous to any civilised society." black lives matter Merseyside murderer Where is Anthony Walker's killer Paul Taylor now? PROTEST DEATH BLM protester shot dead was seen pushing fiancee's wheelchair moments before ANT DECKED SAS star Ant Middleton faces sack as Navy's Chief Cadet after calling BLM 'scum' Exclusive STUART LAWRENCE Anthony Walker drama shows how a bright life was taken away by racist thugs 'unique' ITV launches Black Lives Matter series Unsaid Stories from creators of Bulletproof When is the Anthony Walker film on TV and what is it about? The drama, simply called Anthony, was written by celebrated screenwriter Jimmy McGovern (best known for Cracker, The Street, and Broken). McGovern worked closely with Anthony's mother Gee on the film. The 90 minute drama will air tonight, July 27, at 8.30pm on BBC One. McGovern and Gee imagine what Anthony's life would have been like had he not been murdered. TOHEEB Jimoh is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young actors, appearing in programmes with the BBC, Amazon, and Apple TV. Jimoh is best known for his portrayal of Anthony Walker in the BBC One docu-drama Anthony. 4 Tobeeb Jimoh has worked with Amazon, BBC, and Apple TV Credit: BBC Who is Toheeb Jimoh? Toheeb Jimoh is a young British actor, who trained at the Guildhall School of Drama. He graduated in 2018. Though he is young, Jimoh's acting career already spans stage, TV, and film. He played Marcus in Amazon Original sci-fi The Feed. He later worked with Amazon again playing Tunde in The Power. 4 Toheeb Jimoh on ITV's This Morning Credit: Rex Features Toheeb also starred in Ted Lasso alongside Jason Sudeikis as Sam. Jimoh stars as a Cadet in the upcoming Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch, starring Timothée Chalamet, Willem Dafoe, and Saoirse Ronan. Jimoh is best known, however, for playing Anthony Walker in the BBC One TV movie Anthony. The docu-drama focuses on the racially charged murder of 18-year-old aspiring lawyer Anthony Walker. 4 Toheeb Jimoh as Anthony Walker in the BBC docu-drama Anthony Credit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Is Toheeb Jimoh dating anyone? It is unclear whether or not Jimoh is dating anyone, as of July 2020. Jimoh's social media shows no signs of anyone special in his life right now. Toheeb seems quite private, and uses his social media to promote his acting jobs. Perhaps the young actor is focusing on his career, which is set to soar. 4 It is unclear whether Toheeb is currently dating anyone Credit: Instagram MORE FROM BBC ONE a long wait Killing Eve season 4 postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic seeing double A Suitable Boy director replaced star after injury made filming impossible chilling I May Destroy You fans' 'blood runs cold' as they spot figure after bedroom scene TOO MANY COOKS Celebrity MasterChef 2020 cast: Who's in the lineup? CHAOS IN CORK Who is in the cast of The Young Offenders on BBC One? Exclusive celeb pals The Young Offenders cast reveal shock links to Paul Mescal and Cillian Murphy What did he say about playing Anthony Walker? In an interview with the RadioTimes, Jimoh said: "One thing I was painfully aware of was that, had I been born at a different time, and had I been at that bus stop in Liverpool, that could have been me, that could have been anyone." "A lot of people look at the Black Lives Matter movement and think it's an American problem. It isn't. We have a lot to look at and talk about ourselves. I'm just glad that this film gets to be part of the conversation – it's super important that we deal with it well." In an interview with the BBC, Jimoh said: "Everyone I spoke to about Anthony mentioned his confidence, his charm, his sense of humour, his ambition, his heart, his love for sport and his love of people. All of this started to come about very organically after realising how much we had in common - we are both young black kids with very similar dreams and aspirations." Anthony's mum Gee, who was heavily involved in the BBC drama, told This Morning that Toheeb 'captured Anthony's character so well'.