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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.

Letitia Wright
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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

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.

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Early lifeEdit

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, she has stated, "I'll always be a north London girl."[3]

CareerEdit

Wright's interest in acting was inspired when she saw 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 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 novel Ready Player One.[9] Wright features as one of the cameos in Drake's music video for "Nice for What".[10]

Personal lifeEdit

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]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Victim Nyla
2012 My Brother the Devil Aisha
2015 Urban Hymn Jamie Harrison
2018 The Commuter Jules Skateboarder
2018 Black Panther Shuri Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Scene Stealer
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best On-Screen Team
2018 Ready Player One Reb
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Shuri
2019 Avengers: Endgame Post-production
TBA Guava Island Post-production

TelevisionEdit

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 4 episodes
2015 Doctor Who Anahson Episode: "Face the Raven"
2016 Humans Renie 7 episodes
2017 Black Mirror Nish Episode: "Black Museum"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ "Black Panther' star Letitia Wright: 'I’ll always be a north London girl’. Time Out. Retrieved 22 February 2018
  4. ^ Wiggan, Dylan. "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. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  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. ^ "'Black Panther': How Letitia Wright Became a Marvel Breakout". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  9. ^ "5 things to know about Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright". EW. Retrieved 22 February 2018
  10. ^ "A breakdown of all the cameos in Drake's "Nice For What" video". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  11. ^ a b Robinson, Joanna. "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. Retrieved 2018-03-03.

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