Uncle Clifford is a fan-favorite character in P-Valley, with fans enjoying her unapologetic personality and head-turning fashion sense. Clifford owns The Pynk, a strip club in the Mississippi Delta that houses most of the characters. Uncle Clifford faces difficulties keeping the club afloat and finds comfort in Lil Murda’s affection.

Nicco Annan, the actor who plays Uncle Clifford, told Essence: “Whether you are gay, whether you are a straight man or woman, I think sometimes you can forget that you need touch, that you need love and Uncle Clifford to me operates from such a place of loving others that she hs definitely neglected herself.”

Nicco Annan is a gay man in real life

Nicco Annan is proudly and openly gay. Annan told Essence that he jumped at the opportunity of playing Uncle Clifford because the LGBTQ+ community needs representation on television. He said:

“As a Black man and as a Black gay man, it’s very seldom that I get the opportunity to tell such a rich, lush story that really means something and that I really feel speaks to my community and can uplift us.”

The actor has opened up about his sexuality but has kept his love life hidden. In P-Valley, Uncle Clifford falls for Lil Murda’s unexpected romantic approach. “It’s not a new thing for men on the low [to engage] with nonbinary of queer women or men,” Annan said. He continued:

“But what I think is new is people starting to own their desire, own their identity. So, for me, as Uncle Clifford, I think it was a little jarring to see someone who has this hypermasculinity approach her unapologetically just as she is unapologetic in how she moves. I think that’s the part that threw her off.”