TBB Talks to … Cynthia Erivo star of Harriet

Harriet is the biopic about the iconic Harriet Tubman, a woman renowned for escaping slavery and dedicating her life to freeing other slaves.

Harriet was an activist and advocate for the civil rights of women and black people. Multi-award winning actress British-Nigerian, Cynthia Erivo plays the titular character in the film. Coming from a background in theatre, infamously playing Celie in the West End and Broadway productions of The Color Purple, Cynthia has been a powerhouse to reckon with for a while. With a Grammy, Tony, and Emmy already under her belt, Cynthia has been stacking up memorable screen roles which will only see her soon up for an Oscar and being one of the few to be a hallowed EGOT recipient.

Hailing from the UK, and of Nigerian heritage, being cast as Harriet Tubman hasn’t faired well with some critics, however, in TBB’s opinion Cynthia pulls off the challenge with believable dignity. We spoke to the actress about what it means to her to play Harriet and how she’s dealt with some of the naysayers…

Harriet comes to UK cinemas Friday 22nd November 2019.

Post Production – Lauren Rose Andrews


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