Up-and-coming actor Adam Deacon, who starred in the Channel 4 drama Babylon, has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

On Friday, Deacon was due to appear at Thames magistrates court in Bow, east London, but the court was told that he was being held under section two of the Mental Health Act and was being treated in hospital. 

In a case that had been adjourned from 6 March, Deacon was to face charges of affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. As a result, his lawyers asked for a six-week adjournment and the case will now be heard at the same court on 30 April.

The charges that Deacon faces are to do with an incident in January when police were called to the east London street where he lives after they received reports that a man armed with a long-bladed knife was threatening passers-by.

The day before, a warrant had been issued for Deacon’s arrest after he failed to appear at a magistrates court in west London. He stood accused of harassing Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke, who wrote and directed the films Kidulthood and Adulthood.

In both films, Deacon starred as the character Jay and went on to earn the Bafta rising award for directing the the urban comedy Anuvahood. The award, which was based on votes by customers of a mobile phone network, saw him defeat Chris O’Dowd, Tom Hiddleston and recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

On 20 December 2014, Deacon was charged with one count of harassment without violence between 5 March and 19 December. His bail conditions stated that he was not to contact Clarke or any member of Clarke’s family or friends. He was also told not to post anything on any social media website relating to Clarke.

Raised on a council estate in Hackney, east London, Deacon won a scholarship to the renowned Anna Scher stage school, which boasts an alumni of EastEnders actors Natalie Cassidy, Tameka Empson, Gillian Taylforth and James Alexandrou, Birds Of A Feather Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson, and Spandau Ballet siblings Gary and Martin Kemp. 

Deacon’s  first roles were on ITV dramas The Bill and London’s Burning and at the age of 19 he played the leader of the East Staines Massiv in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2002 film Ali G Indahouse.