Exclusive: Backstage with ‘But She Is My Student’ Actress Shanika Ocean

AfterEllen had the chance to snag a few exclusive backstage interviews with the cast of ‘But She Is My Student,’ a lesbian drama currently in production that is based on Kiki Archer’s best-selling debut novel.

Our first exclusive ‘Backstage at But She Is My Student’ interview comes from the super hot Shanika Ocean, who plays teacher Kat Spicer’s best friend, Lucy Lovett.

Ocean answers some questions about her character with the author herself, Kiki Archer, and there’s a shocker (but don’t worry, no spoilers)  toward the end about Lucy. We will be bringing you two more exclusive interviews in the next two weeks as we get excited for the production of this highly-anticipated film. Watch the video and click to page two for an exclusive excerpt from the novel!

Shanika Ocean is a British Actress & TV Presenter from London. Shanika’s career started at the tender age of 11, when she appeared on CBBC Shows such as “Short Change” & “Exchange”. She later went on to appear in the first BBC2 series of “The Choir”, travelling to China to represent Great Britain in the World Choir Olympics alongside Choirmaster MBE Gareth Malone.

Taking a break from acting, she embarked on a career in presenting, which saw her cover high profile events including London Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week and the MOBO Awards whilst on the red carpet interviewing the likes of Rita Ora, Emeli Sande & Krept & Konan.

She later went on to present her own TV show “Unplugged” on Sky’s OHTV, hosted for the online channel SBTV, as well as co-hosted the weekend breakfast show on Capital Xtra Radio with Kojo the comedian.

The last few years have seen Shanika refocus on her acting career starring in Netflix’s “The Weekend Movie”, appearing in comedy series The T-Boy Show and working on various other projects with several in the pipeline.

Shanika was delighted to have been cast as the role of Lucy Lovett in “But She is my Student” and playing Kat’s best-friend and flat mate, Shanika couldn’t be better for the part.


An exclusive Lucy-focused excerpt from the novel ‘But She Is My Student’ can be read on page 2.