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Cynthia Erivo is known as a British actress, singer, and songwriter. She is most famous for her award winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway presentation of The Color Purple.



Cynthia Erivo was born on January 8, 1987. She encountered her adolescence phase in Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom. Her folks are from Nigeria.

For her education, she went to La Retraite R.C Girls School. A short time later, she started a music theory qualification at the University of East London. A year into her degree, she studied and prepared at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Cynthia started her acting career on British TV, appearing in shows like Chewing Gum and The Tunnel. Her first segment before an audience came in 2010 when she featured in Marine Parade at the Brighton Festival. From that point forward, Cynthia was given an essential part as Sister Mary Clarence in the musical Sister Act, which was based on the popular 1992 comedy film.

She featured as Celie Harris in The Color Purple with Jennifer Hudson. The on-screen character won her first Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. After many great roles on different plays on Broadway, it was announced in November 2016, that Cynthia would star with Viola Davis in Steve McQueen's new film Widows. Later in February 2017, Cynthia was given a role as Harriet Tubman in the drama film.

Erivo performed "God Only Knows" as a tribute to artists who had passed away earlier in year alongside John Legend at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Erivo and the cast of The Color Purple were nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for their performance on NBC's The Today Show in May 2016.

Personal Life


Cynthia Erivo is in a relationship with a British actor Dean John-Wilson. On June 6, 2013, the award winning actress uncovered her sweetheart’s identity and wished him a happy birthday. He is most famous for his role as Aladdin in the Broadway show Aladdin. The couple did not reveal how they met but it is widely assumed that they fell in love because they run in the same stage acting circles.

They have not announced any marriage details but after a long relationship, most of her fans claim that the couple have been married for a while. Fans are expecting news of a baby soon because of how much the couple loves each other.

Date modified: Aug 2, 2019
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