Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman

Cynthia Erivo is a Tony®, Emmy® and Grammy® Award-winning actress who burst onto West End and Broadway stages in The Color Purple and has taken the big screen by storm. Upcoming, Erivo will star alongside Daisy Ridley and David Oyelowo in in the anticipated sci-fi thriller, Chaos Walking, from director Doug Liman. She will also star in John Ridley’s Needle in a Timestack alongside Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. The story follows a husband whose marriage is destroyed by a time-travel rival and who will do whatever it takes to get his wife back. In addition, Erivo is set to executive produce and star in Warner Bros.’ musical take on the American folk tale of Rip Van Winkle

On the television side, Erivo is currently in production on her first television project, the HBO series “The Outsider,” based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Erivo stars alongside Ben Mendelsohn as Holly Gibney in the series, which follows an unorthodox investigator and a seasoned cop investigating a gruesome murder of a local boy. 

Continuing to push the boundaries of her versatile career, Erivo stars in John Cameron Mitchell’s music-driven podcast anthology, “Anthem: Homunculus,” which combines music, drama and theater to create a dense and masterful musical journey in the style of a radio play, produced by Topic. Erivo also leads the voice cast and co-produced the QCode scripted thriller podcast, “Carrier.” Erivo stars as a long-haul truck driver who discovers she’s transporting a trailer with disturbing, mysterious contents. The podcast premiered on July 1. 

In 2018, Erivo made her film debut in Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale, opposite Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth and Jon Hamm, among others. Erivo also starred as Belle in Steve McQueen’s drama, Widows, opposite Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. She rounded out the year with a 2019 BAFTA EE Rising Star Award nomination for her exceptional work in film and on stage. 

Erivo made her Broadway debut reprising her starring role as Celie in the critically acclaimed revival of The Color Purple. She first played the role in 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, earning rave reviews and an Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination for Best Musical Performance and a WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Her performance on Broadway earned her several awards, including the Tony® Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, a Grammy® Award as a principal soloist on original cast recording of The Color Purple (Best Musical Theater Album), a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the Drama Desk Award, Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Awards. 

In spring 2015, Erivo appeared as Puck in the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Nick Bagnall. In fall 2014, she returned to her classical roots in the Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed all-female production of Henry IV, opposite Dame Harriet Walter, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. In summer 2014, she played the lead in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical, Dessa Rose, at Trafalgar Studios. 

Erivo’s additional theatre credits include the Perfect Pitch musical, Lift, directed by Steven Paling; Kneehigh Theatre’s production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at the Gielgud Theatre; the starring role of Deloris Van Cartier in the UK tour of Jerry Zaks’ production of Sister Act; Harry Hill and Simon Cowell’s critically acclaimed musical, I Can’t Sing, at the London Palladium in the West End; Simon Stephens’ Marine Parade, which premiered at the 2010 Brighton Festival, John Adams’ experimental song play, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky, at Theatre Royal Stratford East; and Dominic Hill’s The Three Musketeers and The Princess of Spain at Traverse, Belgrade and English Touring theatres. 

In addition to her stage career, Erivo is an accomplished songwriter, having written the song, "Fly Before You Fall," for the 2014 feature film Beyond the Lights. In March 2015, she made her solo concert debut with the show titled Hear My Soul at Kings Place in London. In September 2016, Erivo starred as Cathy alongside Joshua Henry in a one-night benefit concert performance of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, with proceeds going to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In February 2017, Erivo performed alongside John Legend at the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards. She also performed at the 2017 Governors Ball, the official post-Oscars® celebration, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. 

A UK native, Erivo graduated from the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2010. 

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Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman

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#Repost @gettyentertainment: Golden Globe nominee Cynthia Erivo walks the red carpet at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards. Erivo is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her performance as Harriet Tubman in @harrietfilm. | January 5, 2020 | 📷: @stevegranitz | #GettyEntertainment⁠
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Janelle Monáe as Marie Buchanon

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#Repost @urbanworldfilmfest:@cynthiaerivo slaying our red carpet for the #Urbanworld premiere of @harrietfilm. #HARRIET

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At last night’s DC premiere of #HARRIET, our cast and crew were joined by Harriet Tubman’s great-great-grandniece Judith Bryant and great-great-great-grandniece Ernestine "Tina" Wyatt.
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Co-Writer/Director Kasi Lemmons

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Hiding in plain sight, Harriet Tubman would often use disguises to avoid getting caught. #HARRIET
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Kasi Lemmons (Co-Writer/Director) and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet Tubman)

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The incredible women who brought Harriet Tubman’s story to life. #HARRIET #TIFF19
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"Stand Up" Featurette

“I will give every last drop of blood in my veins until this monster called slavery is dead.”

Cynthia Erivo
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#HARRIET in Hollywood. ✨ Swipe for more from the film’s red carpet premiere in LA.📸: @lestudiophoto
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“My illustration tribute of #Harriet Tubman reflects the strength, courage and dedication to the freedom of not only herself but hundreds of others…The faces represent the enslaved that she freed as well as the feeling of bond and kinship that I have always shared with her through my heritage.She was a beacon of light that still shines and her legacy is one that should be celebrated. That is why I am excited to see the @HarrietFilm and seeing @cynthiaerivo depict the struggle, resilience and heroism of Harriet Tubman on the big screen.”🎨: @bpeppersart#HarrietInspires
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"I'm Going To Be Free Or Die" Clip

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#Repost @instagram: It’s #GoldenGlobes weekend and we are spending the day with first-time nominee Cynthia Erivo (@cynthiaerivo), who’s portrayal of Harriet Tubman in the new film “Harriet” has earned her not one, but two nominations. But the actress and singer-songwriter is a seasoned pro when it comes to playing strong female leads — from Broadway to film and now television, she is on an unstoppable roll. 🎭🎬📺⁣⁣⁣“Because of all the characters I’ve played — Celie, Harriet and now Aretha — I have been lucky enough to learn about resilience and the power of the woman and the strength within. And to learn about the fact that I’m enough, and you’re enough.” 💕✨⁣⁣⁣Head over to our story to see what the actress is up to before the @goldenglobes ... and trust us, you’ll want to listen with sound on. 🔉🎶😉
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Leslie Odom Jr. as William Still

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Director @officialspikelee hosts a special screening of #HARRIET in NYC.
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#Repost @officialsbiff: Today at #SBIFF's Cinema Society we were joined by @cynthiaerivo following a screening of @harrietfilm from @focusfeatures #cynthiaerivo #harriet #harriettubman
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Joe Alwyn (Left) as Gideon Brodess

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#TIFF portrait from @vanityfair: The beautiful Cynthia Erivo, star of Harriet. 📸 by @PeterHapak. #HARRIET
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#Regram // @lala: “Kiyan and I went to see Harriet last night to support our girl @cynthiaerivo ♥ incredible movie and an incredible performance by Cynthia and the entire cast. Loved that this movie taught Kiyan about Harriet Tubman & gave him a deeper look into our history. A MUST SEE ON NOV 1st. I’m so proud of you @cynthiaerivo ‼‼ YOU DID IT 💕
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Composer Terence Blanchard discusses process, inspiration and his score for Harriet.

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#HARRIET at #TIFF19.📸: @lestudiophoto
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Cynthia Erivo (Harriet Tubman) and Leslie Odom Jr. (William Still)

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At the #TIFF19 world premiere of #HARRIET with our shining star @cynthiaerivo. ✨📸: @lestudiophoto
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Vondie Curtis Hall as Reverend Green

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Co-Writer/Director Kasi Lemmons

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Last night at #LFF with our #HARRIET crew.-#repost @universalpicturesuk
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Vanity Fair discusses how Cynthia Erivo found her voice.

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"Her Time Is Now" Featurette

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Celebrating #HARRIET last night in NYC. More photos in our story ⬆

“God don't mean people to own people.”

Cynthia Erivo
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As we move forward on this journey with Harriet and @harrietfilm I feel it important to shine a light on this incredible, beautiful woman here @kasi_lemmons my director. My friend and my confident. Hollywood and black girl royalty. She exemplifies what it is to be a guide, what it is to be kind and she is a genius. Just thought you all should know!! X I should also mention I love her.
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Pride's Valerie Complex breaks down the details within the details of Kasi Lemmon's Harriet.