Letitia Wright

Letitia Michelle Wright (born 31 October 1993) is a Guyanese-born British actress. Beginning her professional career in 2011, she has played roles in 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 with her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, both of which stand amongst the highest-grossing films of all time. In 2019 she received the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

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Letitia Wright
Wright at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Letitia Michelle Wright

(1993-10-31) 31 October 1993 (age 25)
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress
Years active2011–present

Letitia Michelle Wright (born 31 October 1993)[1] is a Guyanese-born British actress. Beginning her professional career in 2011, she has played roles in 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.[2] In 2018, she achieved global recognition with her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, both of which stand amongst the highest-grossing films 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.[1] Having been brought up in Tottenham, and attending Duke's Aldridge Academy, she has stated, "I'll always be a north London girl."[3]

Career

Wright's interest in acting was inspired when she saw the 2006 drama film Akeelah and the Bee and found the lead, Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), to be a positive role model. Determined to act, she sent emails to different agents about her acting experience until she was picked for small parts. She starred in My Brother the Devil, where she was recognized by Screen International as one of its 2012 Stars of Tomorrow. Michael Caton-Jones cast her in Urban Hymn (2015), which brought her to the attention of Hollywood.[1][4] She has played in numerous episodes of British TV series (see table below).

Wright co-starred in Black Panther, playing the role of Shuri, King T’Challa’s sister and princess of Wakanda.[5] The film was released worldwide in February 2018, and starred Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman.[6][7] She reprised the role in the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in April 2018.[8] Also in 2018, Wright appeared as Reb in Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of the 2011 science-fiction novel Ready Player One.[9] Wright features as one of the cameos in Drake's music video for "Nice for What".[10]

Personal life

Wright has been vocal about her struggles with depression. In 2018 she told Vanity Fair, "I was in the dark going through so many bad things, when the world didn’t know about Shuri and Letitia and whatever is happening now."[11] Wright took a break from acting until 2015 after she encountered Christianity at a London actors' Bible study.[11] On the UK talk show This Morning, she explained, "I needed to take a break from acting, because I really idolized it. So I came off from it and I went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian."[12]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Victim Nyla
2012 My Brother the Devil Aisha
2015 Urban Hymn Jamie Harrison
2018 The Commuter Jules Skateboarder
Black Panther Shuri
Ready Player One Reb
Avengers: Infinity War Shuri
2019 Avengers: Endgame Post-production
TBA Guava Island Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Holby City Ellie Maynard Episodes: "Tunnel Vision" and "Crossing the Line"
Random Girl 3 TV movie
Top Boy Chantelle 4 episodes
2013 Coming Up Hannah Episode: "Big Girl"
2014 Glasgow Girls Amal TV movie
Chasing Shadows Taylor Davis Episode: "Only Connect"
2014–2017 City 17 Street Vanessa Pade Recurring role
2015 Banana Vivienne Scott 3 episodes
Cucumber 4 episodes
Doctor Who Anahson Episode: "Face the Raven"
2016 Humans Renie 7 episodes
2017 Black Mirror Nish Episode: "Black Museum"

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 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won

References

  1. 1 2 3 Alberge, Dalya (4 April 2015). "Letitia Wright, Britain's newest rising screen star, says black actors need more positive roles". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2017. Wright, 21....
  2. "BAFTA and Burberry Reveal 2015 Breakthrough Brits". BAFTA.org. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  3. Aron, Isabelle (8 February 2018), "Black Panther' star Letitia Wright: 'I’ll always be a north London girl’. Time Out. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. Wiggan, Dylan (15 April 2015). "Rising star Letitia Wright 'Black Actors need more positive roles'". House of Black. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  5. "Who is Letitia Wright? The 'Black Panther' breakout star is just getting started". South China Morning Post. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  6. Pape, Stefan (26 September 2016). "Exclusive: Letitia Wright on Urban Hymn and working with Spielberg on Ready Player One". heyuguys. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  7. Kroll, Justin (20 October 2016). "'Black Panther' Adds 'Ready Player One' Actress Letitia Wright (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  8. Childs, Joi (16 February 2018). "'Black Panther': How Letitia Wright Became a Marvel Breakout". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  9. Carr, Mary Kate (16 February 2018), "5 things to know about Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright", EW. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  10. Maicki, Salvatore (7 April 2018). "A breakdown of all the cameos in Drake's 'Nice For What' video". The FADER. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  11. 1 2 Robinson, Joanna (7 February 2018). "Black Panther Breakout Letitia Wright Smashes Disney Princess Expectations". HWD. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  12. "'Black Panther' Breakout Star Letitia Wright Shares How Christianity Changed Her Life". RELEVANT Magazine. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
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