Pearl Priscilla Prescod (28 May 1920 – 25 June 1966) was a Tobagonian actress and singer. She was one of the earliest Caribbean entertainers to appear on British television and was the first Black woman to appear at London's National Theatre.
Pearl Priscilla Prescod
|Died||25 June 1966 (aged 45/46)|
Kensington, London, England
Prescod arrived in Britain in the early 1950s and resided in Notting Hill, London. During her time in Britain, she was cast in numerous television roles and theatre productions, and was active in the anti-racism struggle in London in the late 1950s and early '60s. With her close friend, journalist and activist Claudia Jones, Prescod helped co-ordinate London's first "Caribbean Carnival" event, which took place in St Pancras Town Hall in January 1959, and is considered a precursor of the Notting Hill Carnival.
Pearl Prescod was a trained classical singer and had aspirations to pursue a classical music education in England. She arrived in Britain in the early 1950s after winning a musical scholarship to Guildhall School of Music.
In 1955, the secretary of the West India Committee in London helped Prescod secure a job as a switchboard operator in his office and an audition at the BBC. She successfully procured a number of BBC contracts and landed many television roles and plays over the years.
Prescod was part of a West Indian singing group called The New World Singers and was the leader of the sopranos in the choir. The others were Patricia Williams (St Vincent), Bonica Fletcher (Jamaica) and Joyce Jacobs (British Guiana). Impressed with hearing a group of West Indian singers, conductor and composer Avril Coleridge-Taylor formed the choir.
Prescod's contributions to the struggle for racial equality in Britain was recognised. She played an active role alongside Claudia Jones, and was involved in organising the March on Washington solidarity demonstration in London on 31 August 1963. Prescod was among the Black artistes in England who supported Claudia Jones's appeals for funds for the West Indian Gazette by organising and performing at fundraising concerts. When Jones died in 1964, Prescod sung "Lift Up Your Voice and Sing" at the funeral.
|1956||A Man from the Sun||Cast member||TV Movie|
|1957||The Buccaneers||Nanny Macao||TV Series|
|1958||Storm Over Jamaica||Mrs. Morgan|
|1958||BBC Sunday-Night Theatre
The Green Pastures
|Ward Nurse||TV Series|
|1959||ITV Television Playhouse||Mrs. Jackson||TV Series|
|1960||Saturday Playhouse||Sarah||TV Series|
|1960||No Kidding||Coloured mother|
|1960||Eugene O'Neill: Three Plays of the Sea
The Moon of the Caribbees, Bound East for Cardiff & In the Zone
|1960||Beware of Children||Black Mother|
|1961||Flame in the Streets||uncredited|
|1961||Hurricane||Marie Robinson||TV Series|
|1962||Dark Pilgrimage||Three street-walkers||TV Movie|
|1962||BBC Sunday-Night Play||Esther||TV Series|
The Arrow of God
|Hotel Maid||TV Series|
|1963||Jezebel ex UK||Miss Philpott||TV Series|
|1963||Harold Was Alright||Nurse|
|1963||Your World||Mrs. Williams||TV Series|
|1963||Friday Night||Nurse||TV Series|
Sharp at Four
|1965||Barney Is My Darling||TV Series|
|1965||Parallel Lines Sometimes Meet||Madame Celeste|
|1967||The Deadly Affair||Play Spectator||uncredited|
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