THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED - SERIES TWO
Throughout our history, Belstaff has had a deep connection with those who have gone off the beaten path - the unconventional, bold and determined figures whose journeys in life have left a legacy. Che Guevara, Amelia Earhart and T.E. Lawrence to name a few. In uncertain times, stories of hope, independence and possibility, feel more important than ever.
The Road Less Travelled, hosted by Reggie Yates, explores and celebrates the characters that take the unfamiliar roads in life. Challenging who they were meant to be and where they find themselves today. How do you define a life less ordinary? Is it bold individuality or conquering personal fears? Sheer bravery or pure determination to succeed?
Listen with Reggie, no stranger to hard work and going his own way, as he sets out on a mission to truly understand what the road less travelled means in the modern world. In conversation with the creators whose work, attitudes and lives inspire us.
Our second series features: Riz Ahmed, James Norton, Holliday Grainger, Ben Ainslie, and Mark Strong.
“The Road Less Travelled” playlist curated by our guests from Season 2 is available to download. Listen now by clicking on the Spotify link below.
In this episode, actor and rapper Riz Ahmed discusses his creative path from a Pakistani household in North London, to satirising stereotypes in Four Lions, before making it to the heights of Hollywood.
Riz’s life, his belief that his art is personal not political, and his will to be unapologetic in every performance - has led him to have a diverse, international fanbase who avidly follow his every move.
In this episode we meet BAFTA-nominated actor James Norton who discusses setting up a theatre company at 18, playing the lead in a British Drama and finding humanity in psychotic characters.
James believes that exploring the darker depths of the population, making stories that provoke opinion and creating conversation on a mass scale is vital to the progression of society and its understanding of the human psyche.
In this episode we meet the star of stage and screen, Holliday Grainger. We discuss her road to stardom starting early, growing up in the TV industry and her acclaimed role as DI Rachel Carey in British series ‘The Capture’.
Holliday is known for playing roles in shows that are re-writing the scripts for modern women. She talks to women's independence from the 19th century to now - and how the experience of creating something new keeps evolving and changing her own character.
SIR BEN AINSLIE
In this episode we meet the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Ben discusses making Team GB at only Nineteen, putting his life at risk day in, day out, and the honour of being awarded a CBE.
Ben is fearless in his determination to win every time he competes. His patriotism, devout work ethic and record-breaking talent - set him apart as one of the world’s greatest olympians.
In this episode we meet Mark Strong, Olivier award-winning actor and Ridley Scott’s favourite villain. Mark discusses breaking out of law school and falling in love with theatre, starring in a breadth of Hollywood blockbusters from Kick-Ass to 1917, and how our tech-driven world has become a stage of its own.
Mark’s success is often defined by the wide-range of characters he has played. His efforts to stand outside the spotlight off screen - is perhaps credit to his remarkable ability to reinvent his own character on screen.