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Cynthia Erivo

Birth Place: Stockwell, South London

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Erivo is an English actress, singer, and songwriter. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Grammy Award and a Tony Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award.



Erivo began acting in a 2011 stage production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. She gained recognition for starring in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple from 2015 to 2017, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Erivo ventured into films in 2018, playing roles in the heist film Widows and the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. For her portrayal of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet (2019), Erivo received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress; she also wrote and performed the song "Stand Up" on its soundtrack, which garnered her a nomination in the Best Original Song category.

On television, Erivo had her first role in the British series Chewing Gum (2015). She went on to star in the crime drama miniseries The Outsider (2020), and received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of American singer Aretha Franklin in National Geographic's anthology series Genius: Aretha (2021).

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Cynthia Erivo STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
2024
Guest star

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2015
Celie

[Off-Broadway]
St. Ann's Warehouse and Donmar Warehouse Off-Broadway Revival, 2015
Poins/The Earl of Douglas

[West End]
West End Original Production, 2014
Chenice


Cynthia Erivo Movies

Widows
[ 2018 ] Belle
Bad Times at the El Royale
[ 2018 ] Darlene Sweet
Harriet
[ 2019 ] Harriet, Minty
Chaos Walking
[ 2021 ] Hildy
Needle in a Timestack
[ 2021 ] Janine Mikkelsen
Pinocchio
[ 2022 ] Blue Fairy
Wicked
[ 2024 ] Elphaba
Wicked: Part Two
[ 2025 ] Elphaba

Cynthia Erivo TV Shows

Broad City
Lisa

Cynthia Erivo Awards and Nominations


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Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple


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Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Evening Standard Awards - 2013 - Best Musical Performance

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Arts Garage in Delray Beach is Offering Two Theatrical Productions in June

Arts Garage will present two stirring and thought-provoking theatrical events next month. Learn more about them here!
Kristin Chenoweth Reveals Vocal Tip She Shared with Ariana Grande for WICKED Movie

In a new interview, Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth shared one of her favorite practices for keeping her singing voice healthy- a tip she also shared with Ariana Grande, who plays Glinda in the upcoming Wicked film. She and Grande have known one another for years since Grande attended the original Broadway production of Wicked at age 10.
WICKED Movie to Collaborate on New Products With Funko, Hasbro, & More

It looks like LEGO won't be the only Wicked product that will be available to purchase this fall. It has just been announced that a plethora of Wicked-themed merchandise will hit shelves to coincide with both entries of the highly-anticipated film adaptation. The merchandise spans several categories including apparel, accessories, footwear, home décor, beauty, toys, role play, publishing, collectibles, and more. 
Andy Nyman to Play Governor Thropp in WICKED Movie

Actor Andy Nyman took to social media on Monday to reveal that he will be playing the role of Governor Thropp in the upcoming Wicked movie. In the musical, Thropp is the 'father' of Elphaba and Nessarose and the governor of Munchkinland. He appears in the opening number 'No One Mourns the Wicked,' which serves as a flashback of Elphaba's birth.
Video: LEGO Teases New Sets Inspired by the WICKED Movie

In October, LEGO Group will introduce four sets inspired by the first film that will allow fans to delve deeper into some of the most iconic scenes straight out of Oz and explore core themes, characters, and songs from the upcoming film. On the official LEGO X/Twitter page, the fan-favorite building block toy company teased the new line of products. In the 15-second video, pink, white, and green LEGO pieces spill out the words 'Pink clicks good with green,' with background music playing the song Popular, sung by Glinda in the musical. Watch the teaser here!
Photos: Ariana Grande Shares Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Filming of WICKED

Following the released of the latest Wicked movie trailer yesterday, #ArianaGrande shared BTS photos from the filming process, featuring her co-star @CynthiaErivo
WICKED Cast Recording Streams Continue to Increase Ahead of Film Following New Trailer

As we prepare for the highly-anticipated Wicked movie musical, fans are returning to the iconic Original Broadway Cast Recording. The day after the new trailer dropped, over a dozen songs from the album received significant spikes on Spotify in the U.S. Check out how songs like 'Dear Old Shiz' and 'No One Mourns the Wicked' have increased in streams!
Video: Ryan Vasquez Dives Into What Makes THE NOTEBOOK So Magical

In this video, Ryan Vasquez dives into his journey from his early Survival Jobs as a fresh college graduate to bringing the character of ‘Middle Noah’ to life alongside his co-stars John Cardoza and Tony nominee Dorian Harewood. Ryan also shares the magic behind this original Broadway production, how it’s different from the 2004 film and why audiences are flocking to see it!
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 16, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 16, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Video: The Cast of WICKED on Broadway Reacts to New Movie Musical Trailer

Earlier today, the movie musical adaptation of Wicked released a new trailer for the film Watch as the Broadway cast of Wicked reacts to the new teaser!
Video: Madame Morrible Invites You to Apply to Shiz University

In a new promo video for the Wicked movie, Madame Morrible, played by Michelle Yeoh, invites prospective students to apply for enrollment at Shiz University. Shiz is the school attended by Galinda and Elphaba in the musical and film of Wicked, which just dropped a new trailer. In the video, Morrible details the subjects offered at Shiz including Logic, Literature, Linguification, and Sorcery, which she teaches. Watch the video and apply now!
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 15, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 15, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
See the Poster and New Promo for WICKED Movie With Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo Ahead of Tomorrow's Trailer

A new poster and promo for part one of the Wicked movie has been released, ahead of the new trailer coming tomorrow. The poster features a new look at Ariana Grande's Glinda and Cynthia Erivo's Elphaba reaching for one another, with Emerald City in the background. Look at the poster here!
Cast Members From THE WIZ, STEREOPHONIC, and More Honored With 2024 Theatre World Awards

The 2024 Honorees have been announced for the Theatre World Award for an Outstanding Debut Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production. Learn more about the honorees here!
Video: Jonathan Bailey Calls Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo 'Amazing Talents' on THE TONIGHT SHOW

Jonathan Bailey, who will be playing the character of Fiyero in the two-part film adaptation of Wicked, stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday to discuss his upcoming projects which include Bridgerton, Jurassic World, and Wicked. Watch the interview!
A Guide to the WICKED Movie Trailer: Here's What's New

Check out a look at the new Wicked movie musical trailer, showcasing what's new for the film adaptation and what you may have missed on your first watch, including new scenes for the film, what may be expanded, and what we can assume are iconic moments from the stage show brought to the big screen.
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 14, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 14, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Video: Watch Preview of New WICKED Trailer With Jon M. Chu, Ariana Grande & Cynthia Erivo

Following the announcement of a new trailer later this week, a preview of new footage and a behind-the-scenes look at the film has been revealed. The video opens with director Jon M. Chu discussing his dream project: 'Whenever anyone asks me, 'What's the one movie you want to do?' If there was one, I'd always say that it'd be Wicked.' Watch the preview now!
New Trailer for the WICKED Movie to Debut Later This Week

New reports suggest that an extended first look at the Wicked film, totaling between three and four minutes, will premiere online later this week. The new footage was first shown to ad buyers at Radio City Music Hall on Monday during NBCUniversal's upfront presentation. The footage in question showcased new visual effects as well as the dynamic between Ariana Grande's Glinda and Cynthia Erivo's Elphaba. It reportedly received a 'warm response' from the audience.
Video: Watch the New WICKED Movie Musical Trailer With Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo & More

The first full trailer for part one of the Wicked movie has been released. Watch the video featuring new looks at Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo, Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater, Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, and more! Plus, check out the new theatrical poster photo. Wicked: Part One will be released on November 27, 2024.

Cynthia Erivo FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Cynthia Erivo been in?

Cynthia Erivo has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Cynthia Erivo been in?

Cynthia Erivo has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Cynthia Erivo's first West End show?

Cynthia Erivo's first West End show was I Can't Sing: The X Factor Musical which opened in 2014

What awards has Cynthia Erivo been nominated for?

Cynthia Erivo has been nominated for several awards for her role in "The Color Purple," including Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards, Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards, and Best Musical Performance at the Evening Standard Awards.

What awards has Cynthia Erivo won?

Cynthia Erivo has won the following awards for her role in The Color Purple: Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards.

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