The 29-year-old singer will be joining the I May Destroy You actor Aml Ameen, who’s making his directorial debut with the film, Deadline reports.
Although Pinnock has filmed numerous videos with Little Mix and has appeared on multiple reality shows, she has never played anyone other than herself on screen.
New role: Leigh-Anne Pinnock, of Little Mix fame, will appear in the upcoming romantic Christmas comedy Boxing Day with writer–director–star Aml Ameen, Deadline reports; seen in January
Ameen co-wrote the Christmas comedy with Bruce Purnelln, and it’s reportedly based on some of his own experiences.
He stars as the British author Melvin, who comes home to London for Christmas and introduces his family to his American fiancée Lisa, played by Aja Naomi King.
The couple’s relationship is put to the test by Melvin’s unusual British-Caribbean family, and Lisa learns more about her fiancé’s past life than her ever shared with her.
In addition to Pinnock and King, Marianne Jean-Baptiste also stars.
New challenge: Boxing Day will be the film debut for Pinnock, and the first time she’s played a character other than herself on screen; pictured in March in London
New role: The comedy is the directorial debut of Ameen, and is partially based on his own life experiences; pictured in London in 2018
In addition to Pinnock and Ameen, Aja Naomi King will star as Ameen’s fiancée, while Marianne Jean-Baptiste also stars
‘It is such an honor to be teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures, Film4 and BFI to bring Black British Culture to the world in this universal holiday rom-com,’ Ameen said of the production.
‘It’s long been a dream of mine to capture films that reflect the wonderfully multi-cultural city that raised me while sharing stories from the diary of my life.’
Pinnock’s time with Little Mix began in 2011, when the group, which also includes Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall, was formed on the eighth series of The X Factor, eventually becoming the first group to win the competition.
Despite the hodgepodge way in which the group was assembled, they’ve proved themselves to be one of the most successful girl groups ever by selling more than 60 million albums.
Pinnock, who’s Jamaican and Barbadian, was born in Buckinghamshire, near London.
Strong star: Pinnock’s time with Little Mix began in 2011, when the group was formed on the eighth series of The X Factor, eventually becoming the first group to win the competition; shown in March
Rising star: Pinnock, who’s Jamaican and Barbadian, was born in Buckinghamshire, near London. Her group has sold more than 60 million records since their founding; seen in September
Ameen recently made waves with his supporting role in Michaela Coel’s acclaimed dramedy I May Destroy You for BBC One and HBO.
Coel stars as a social media star trying to become a novelist who navigates her professional and personal lives after being sexually assaulted.
Ameen plays her friend Simon, who takes her out on the night she’s assaulted, but leaves her at the end of the night when she’s incapacitated in order to carry on an affair.
Critically acclaimed: Ameen recently made waves with his supporting role in Michaela Coel’s acclaimed dramedy I May Destroy You for BBC One and HBO
King is best known for her work on ABC’s legal thriller How To Get Away With Murder, which she’s appeared on since 2014.
She was also featured in the film Birth Of A Nation, as well as the inspirational comedy The Upside.
Jean-Baptiste’s breakthrough role was the 1996 Mike Leigh film Secrets & Lies, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
More recently, she appeared in the horror–comedy In Fabric.