LETITIA Wright is making quite a name for herself following her roles in ground-breaking films like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. And t
LETITIA Wright is making quite a name for herself following her roles in ground-breaking films like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
And to top it all off, the actress has now gone and bagged a Bafta under her belt. So how exactly did the rising star break into film and why did she almost give up acting? Here’s what we know…
Letitia Wright won the Bafta Rising Star 2019 Award[/caption]
Who is Letitia Wright?
Letitia Wright is a Guyanese-born British actress who was born on October 3, 1993.
The 25-year-old moved to London with her family at the tender age of seven.
She was brought up in Tottenham and has since said that “I’ll always be a North London girl”.
The actress claims her passion for acting was first inspired by the film Akeelah and the Bee (2006) and its leading star Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), who she viewed as a positive role model.
Letitia went on to send several emails to different agents until being eventually picked for cameo roles.
By 2011, Letitia then just only a teen, had already carved out her acting career, bagging roles in numerous British TV series including Top Boy, Coming Up and Humans.
She also starred in the Doctor Who episode Face the Raven.
The young actress went on to receive a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her iconic role in Netflix’s Black Mirror episode Black Museum.
The actress also bagged the chance to feature as one of the cameos in Drake’s music video Nice for What.
In her winner’s speech, the actress addressed her struggle with depression[/caption]
Did she win a Bafta?
On Sunday, February 10, 2019, Letitia Wright took home the Bafta Rising Star Award.
The EE Rising Star Award, previously known as the Orange Rising Star Award, is a Bafta category which acknowledges new talents in the acting industry.
The award was created following the death of British casting director Mary Selway in 2004 and pays tribute to how Selway helped bring numerous stars to fame.
The five nominees are chosen regardless of gender, nationality and whether they have made a breakthrough in film or television.
Though the nominees are chosen by the Bafta juries, the winner is chosen entirely by the public.
The first winner was James McAvoy in 2006.
In her winner’s speech, Letitia Wright addressed her battle 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.”
The rising star took a break from acting until 2015 after developing a faith in God.
Speaking at the BAFTAs, Letitia said “A few years ago I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I literally wanted to quit acting.
“The only thing that pulled me out of it was God, my belief, my faith and my family, and an email from BAFTA asking me to become part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits”.
Letitia starring alongside Lupita Nyong’o in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther[/caption]
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What films has Letitia Wright been in?
Letitia was named in the 2015 group of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts following her role in the award-winning film Urban Hymm (2015).
But it was the actress’ portrayal of Shuri in the cinema blockbusters Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) which saw her being recognised on a global scale.
Other films the actress has starred in include:
- Victim (2011)
- My Brother the Devil (2012)
- The Commuter (2018)
- Ready Player One (2018)