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Marcus Smith is pictured kneeling to the right of the bus door between rapping giants Stormzy and Headie One, who are in the foreground (Photograph from YouTube)

Bermudian dancer, model, actor and creative director Marcus Smith has landed a part in a music video by two of Britain’s most high-profile rappers.

Mr Smith features in Stormzy and Headie One’s new single, Cry No More, as a passenger on a London bus who helps a woman in labour.

He secured the coveted gig after submitting an application on the casting-call site Star Now and found out it was for the chart-topping duo’s new collaboration only after he arrived on set at the Golden Lion in Romford, London.

Mr Smith, who recently moved to England after spending a year in Bermuda during which he performed for and hosted a series of Pride events, told The Royal Gazette: “I said wow, would you look at that! It was exciting.

“I had to hold the hand of our pregnant mother as she was going into labour.

“We had to let the paramedics know what was going on. We did about 35 takes until was perfect. My on-set experience came in handy. She had to go into labour so many times and make it believable.”

Mr Smith said he was sporting a Loquat shoulder bag by Jordan Carey, a Bermudian designer, during the shoot.

Marcus Smith, right, plays the role of a passenger helping a woman in labour as part of a music video by Stormzy and Headie One (Photograph from YouTube)

Music streaming platform Spotify describes Stormzy as “one of the UK's most successful artists”. His second studio album, Heavy Is the Head, released in 2019, broke records as it instantly debuted at No 1 on the Apple Music UK albums chart.

The album dominated the British charts, simultaneously reaching the No 1 spot on both the official singles and album charts.

The artist boasts a following on Instagram of 3.4 million.

Headie One is a London-born rapper whose debut album, Edna, went straight to the top of the UK album chart in 2020.

Mr Smith is no stranger to fame, having featured in the single Trampoline by David Guetta and Afrojack, featuring Missy Elliott, BIA and Doechii.

“I was the only one to be featured twice and was the first and last dancer in the video. None of the celebrities were on set but they posted it on their story.”

Mr Smith studied theatre with minors in dance and child and adolescent mental health studies at New York University. He was recognised last year as part of the US Consulate’s Study with US campaign, intended to spotlight Bermudians who excelled at US institutions.

He describes himself as “human sunshine” and shone on the local stage in 2023, starring in back-to-back theatre performances — first in October as Donkey in Shrek, then as Buttons in Cinderella for the Christmas panto.

Having won a Bermuda Arts Council grant, he is working on a documentary about his mother’s Bermudian majorette group, the Dynamic City Rockettes.

The group have featured more than 135 majorettes and have been in existence for more than 25 years. Mr Smith hopes it will be ready in time for the Bermuda Day Parade, when he plans to visit the island and screen it.

• For updates, visit Mr Smith’s Facebook and Instagram pages

Marcus Smith with other actors featured in a music video by Stormzy and Headie One (Photograph supplied)

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Published April 27, 2024 at 7:58 am (Updated April 27, 2024 at 7:58 am)

Bermudian artist in music video by Stormzy and Headie One

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