Ward will play one of the two leads in the third episode of the anthology drama, which tells five stories from within London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s.
The British actor told Deadline that he originally auditioned for a part in episode three and failed to land the role, but McQueen saw something in him and gave him a role earlier in the series.
Ward was coy about revealing too much detail on his storyline, but said he plays a character who falls in love with a female lead over the course of one day. His co-star has not yet been announced.
“It’s actually an early memory from Steve McQueen.