Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo is an English actress, singer, and songwriter. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Daytime Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, a Tony Award, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards.
Erivo began acting in a 2011 stage production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and had her first screen role in the British television series Chewing gum (2015). She gained recognition for starring in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple from 2015 to 2017, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Erivo ventured into films in 2018, attaining roles in the heist film Widows and the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. For her portrayal of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet, Erivo received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She also wrote and performed the song “Stand Up” on its soundtrack, which garnered her a nomination in the Best Original Category. Erivo starred in the crime drama miniseries The Outsider in 2020 and portrayed American singer Aretha Franklin in National Geographic’s miniseries Genius the following year.
We are proud of you Cynthia, Congratulations!!!