Black Panther frontman Chadwick Boseman started his whole career in Oxford almost 20 years ago with an acting course paid for by Denzel Washington.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show on Friday about paying for Boseman’s tuition fees, double Oscar winner Washington, 67, said it “worked out very well for him”.

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“When I found out it was him, he wasn’t known yet, but it obviously worked out very well for him and he had great success and was a brilliant actor," he said.

Oxford Mail: Denzel Washington was interviewed remotely for the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)Denzel Washington was interviewed remotely for the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

“It was a very sad end to his life – he was a brave, talented young man.”

Boseman revealed in 2018 that Washington had paid his fees for the course.

He was at university in the US when he attended a summer course at the British American Drama Academy (Bada) in the UK.

Boseman later went on to play the lead role in Marvel’s ground-breaking superhero blockbuster Black Panther and earned posthumous acclaim for his final role in the Netflix drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

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The star died aged 43 in August 2020 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer.

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