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Cynthia Erivo Biography

Birth Place:
Stockwell, London, United Kingdom
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Majored in psychology during her brief stint at the University of East London
  • Applied to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts at the behest of a former director, not expecting to actually get in
  • Played the starring role of Sister Mary Clarence in a United Kingdom run of Sister Act
  • Won a Daytime Emmy for her performance on a May, 2016 episode of NBC's The Today Show
  • Won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the Broadway production The Color Purple, and a Grammy in 2017 for the cast album of the same production
  • Cowrote and sang "Fly Before You Fall" on the soundtrack for the film Beyond the Lights
  • Did a one-night show of the musical The Last Five Years, in 2017, the proceeds of which were donated to The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence


  • 2020Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2020Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2019Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated