“Acting is a really good way to get away from myself, and music is a really good way to express myself.”
Growing sideways means a lot of things to different people. To British actor and musician Raleigh Ritchie, it means branching out in multiple creative directions all at once. Exposing all his talent and creativity. His outlets being music as well as acting, both of which he is incredibly talented at. If you don't know him for his catchy music and charismatic performance on the music stage, you may know him as handsome leader of slaves, Grey Worm, in TV series 'Game Of Thrones'.
Raleigh Ritchie, also known as Jacob Anderson, is one of these multi-talented people that you definitely want in your lives for more than one reason. Incredibly handsome and with an irresistible, deep and velvety voice, our meeting with Raleigh reveals his charming and funny personality, as well as a genuine and honest side. The hour long conversation is detailed in issue 9, as well as a longer series of images than you can see in the preview below. Raleigh is everything you hoped he would be and more, and it's hard not to be influenced by the creativity and energy he brings to the room. Whether it's chatting in a small livingroom in North London, or performing on stage to a sold out night at Brixton Electric.
Photographed and interviewed by Cecilie Harris for our latest print issue, and styled by David Nolan, Raleigh's persona is captured light heartedly and beautifully in a sequence of monochromatic portraits. His strength, his playfulness, his humbleness. To see his full feature, Boys by Girls Issue 9 'Growing Sideways' is available to buy in stores or online now.
Photography CECILIE HARRIS
Fashion DAVID NOLAN
Talent RALEIGH RITCHIE
Photography Assistant KATY THOMAS
Words by India Opie Meres.