UK Actress Cynthia Erivo says British Producers Restrict Roles for Black Women

Cynthia Erivo (Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian)
Cynthia Erivo (Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian)

The British actor Cynthia Erivo has said that British film and TV producers are unwilling to make roles for black female British talent.

In an interview with the New York Times, she said that, while her race hadn’t limited her opportunities for stage work, “the thing that disturbs me the most, being in England, is that on the screen we don’t see very many of us – there aren’t very many black girls. They don’t make the roles for us, or they don’t see us in those roles.”

Erivo is currently starring with Jennifer Hudson in a Broadway production of The Color Purple, which follows an earlier run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Erivo has received rapturous reviews for the performance, and has also had acclaimed roles in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Henry IV and the portmanteau musical Songs for a New World.

She also told the New York Times: “I don’t think it’s different to be a black girl in England than it is to be a black girl in America. We all collectively share in a pain of displacement and not feeling like we quite belong in places.”

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SOURCE: Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The Guardian