Cynthia Erivo is an English actress, as well as a singer-songwriter. In 2015, she made her TV debut in Chewing Gum. She next played Alberta Hunter in 2 episodes of Mr Selfridge. The following year, she portrayed Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. For her performance, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2018, she ventured into movies with her roles in Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale. Her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in the biographical film Harriet won her acclaim, for which she received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. She recently starred as Holly Gibney in the miniseries The Outsider. It was also announced that she’ll portray Aretha Franklin in the upcoming drama Genius.