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Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright

British actress
Letitia Wright
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Quick Facts

Intro British actress
Is Actor Film actor
From Guyana United Kingdom
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 31 October 1993, Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana
Age 27 years
Star sign Scorpio
Peoplepill ID letitia-wright
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Biography

Letitia Michelle Wright (born 31 October 1993) is a Guyanese-British actress. Beginning her professional career in 2011, she has played roles in Black Panther and several British TV series, including Top Boy, Coming Up, Chasing Shadows, Humans, the Doctor Who episode "Face the Raven" and the Black Mirror episode "Black Museum"; for the latter she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts named Wright among the 2015 group of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for her role in the award-winning film Urban Hymn. In 2018, she achieved global recognition for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther. She reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which is the highest-grossing film of all time. In 2019, she received the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Early life

Wright was born in Georgetown, Guyana. Her family moved to London when she was seven years old and she attended school there. Having been brought up in Tottenham and attending Northumberland Park Community School, she has stated, "I'll always be a north London girl."

Career

Wright performed in school plays, but credits her desire to be a professional actress to the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee. She found Keke Palmer's performance inspiring, remarking that the role "resonated. It's one of the reasons why I'm here". She attended the Identity School of Acting, enrolling at the age of 16. She appeared in two episodes of Holby City and Top Boy in 2011. She had a small role in My Brother the Devil in 2012, where she was recognized by Screen International as one of its 2012 Stars of Tomorrow. Michael Caton-Jones cast Wright in her first leading role in Urban Hymn (2015), which brought her to the attention of Hollywood. The same year, she appeared in an episode of Doctor Who, and the following year, she began a recurring role as Renie on Humans. During this time, she also appeared in the play Eclipsed in the London's Gate Theatre. In 2017, Wright starred in the Black Mirror episode "Black Museum"; her performance earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Wright co-starred in the 2018 film Black Panther, playing the role of Shuri, King T'Challa's sister and princess of Wakanda. Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film also starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Danai Gurira. Wright won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture for her work in the film, and reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, which was released two months later. Also in 2018, Wright appeared as Reb in Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of the 2011 science-fiction novel Ready Player One. Wright features as one of the cameos in Drake's music video for "Nice for What".

In 2018 Wright was also featured in a play called The Convert, which was played at the Young Vic theatre in England/London. The play was based on an English-speaking missionary in the 19th century, where the Africans were trained to speak Victorian English and engage in Christianity. This play was set in 1895, when a Black male catholic teacher and missionary called Chilford occupies a mission house in Rhodesian Salisbury. Wright plays the character of a Jekesai, a young Rhodesia girl that is being forced into marriage by her uncle, but luckily is saved by Chilford.

In 2019, Wright won the BAFTA Rising Star Award. In April 2019, Wright appeared alongside Donald Glover and Rihanna in Guava Island, a short musical film released by Amazon Studios, before reprising her role as Shuri in Avengers: Endgame.

In November 2018 it was announced that Wright would be starring alongside John Boyega in a novel adaptation of Hold Back The Stars. Wright will appear in 2020's Death on the Nile. She was also cast in Steve McQueen's mini-series Small Axe, set in London's West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. In the first episode, Mangrove, which premiered on BBC One on 15 November 2020, Wright plays British Black Panther leader Altheia Jones-LeCointe, who, along with eight other Black activists, was arrested and charged with inciting a riot after a peaceful protest in 1970.

In February 2020 it was announced that Wright had accepted to play twin sisters June and Jennifer Gibbons in the film The Silent Twins, based on the 1986 book of the same name by Marjorie Wallace, with shooting beginning in April. The official release date has yet to be announced.

Personal life

Wright has been vocal about her struggles with depression. In 2018, she told Vanity Fair that when she first experienced depression at the age of 20, she "was in the dark going through so many bad things". Wright credits her Christian faith for helping her overcome her depression, which she discovered after attending a London actors' Bible study meeting. To focus on her recovery and her faith, she declined film roles. She later explained she "needed to take a break from acting" and "went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian." On 4 December 2020 Wright faced backlash after she publicly shared an anti-vaccination video on her Twitter account. She has since stated that she, “wasn't against vaccines but it was important to ‘ask questions’”.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Victim Nyla
2012 My Brother the Devil Aisha
2015 Urban Hymn Jamie Harrison
2018 The Commuter Jules Skateboarder
2018 Ready Player One Reb
2018 Black Panther Shuri
2018 Avengers: Infinity War
2019 Guava Island Yara Love Short film
2019 Avengers: Endgame Shuri
2021 Death on the Nile Rosalie Otterbourne Post-production
TBA Surrounded Moses Washington Filming; also producer

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Holby City Ellie Maynard Episodes: "Tunnel Vision" and "Crossing the Line"
2011 Random Girl 3 TV movie
2011 Top Boy Chantelle 4 episodes
2013 Coming Up Hannah Episode: "Big Girl"
2014 Glasgow Girls Amal TV movie
2014 Chasing Shadows Taylor Davis Episode: "Only Connect"
2015 Banana Vivienne Scott 3 episodes
2015 Cucumber Vivienne Scott 4 episodes
2015 Doctor Who Anahson Episode: "Face the Raven"
2016 Humans Renie 7 episodes
2017 Black Mirror Nish Episode: "Black Museum"
2020 Small Axe Altheia Jones Episode: "Mangrove"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Black Mirror Nominated
2018 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Black Panther Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team Nominated
Scene Stealer Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress Won
Choice Breakout Movie Star Nominated
2019 British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Award Won
2019 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture Black Panther Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 04 Dec 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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