Ace Ruele Aristotles, 33, was born in London and has only ever visited Jamaica twice as a child.
Eastenders actor could be deported to Jamaica. His Jamaican mother has never had British citizenship. The former Eastenders star now faces deportation.
The actor, who has appeared in New Blood and the Legend of Tarzan, spent 5 months in an immigration centre in 2008 after being convicted of robbery.
Aristotles said he got in with the “wrong kind of people” when he was younger however sucessfully managed to challenge a deportation order at the last moment.
He got his legal status changed to limited leave in 2016 meaning he has to pay £2,389 every 30 months to enable him to stay living in Great Britain. He said “I feel like I am being punished twice for a mistake I made years ago.
I take responsibility for my actions but, at the end of the day, I’ve served my time, have never reoffended and I’m not a threat to society.” A judge ruled in his favour over the decision to withdraw his status, however an appeal was made by Government to overturn the ruling.
They claimed he was unable to demonstrate “family ties” in the UK. Mr Aristotles said “At the point where my Indefinite Leave to Remain was revoked in 2016, I’d been out of prison for four-and-half years, completed my license, worked with the community and was genuinely moving forward with my life.”
After his deportation ruling was successful he went on to appear in TV shows and films.
A few years ago the Home Office sent him a letter threatening him with deportation and he now has no nationality, as he was never a citizen of Jamaica.
He said “I’m effectively stateless – viewed as neither a citizen of the UK or Jamaica. I try not to sit down and dwell on this situation because it’s a lot to go through, feelings will flair up.
I’m bound to the limitations that the Home Office has dished out and thinking about all of the work I missed out on, which could’ve gone to make my name more established, is upsetting.”
A spokesman for the Home Office said “Mr Aristotles Indefinite Leave to Remain was revoked as a result of criminality. He was subsequently granted Limited Leave to Remain which enables him to stay and work in the UK. It is incorrect to report that he is facing deportation.”