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Cynthia Erivo


Cynthia Erivo is a multiple award-winning actress & singer who made a huge splash on
Broadway in her 2015 debut as ‘Celie’ in the critically acclaimed revival of “The Color
A new name to many at the time of her debut, the Nigerian-British actor & singer quickly
caught the attention of Broadway fans, critics and celebrities alike. Oprah Winfrey, Anna
Wintour, and Diane Von Furstenburg are just a few of the those who sing Erivo’s
praises, with Oprah calling Erivo’s performance as Celie “transcendent.”
Notably, Erivo is well on her way to being the fastest (and youngest) person to achieve
EGOT status, having received 3 of the 4 awards in less than a year to date for her
performance in the Color Purple - a Tony, Grammy and most recently, a daytime Emmy.
Erivo recently performed alongside John Legend at the 2017 Grammy Awards and last
year performed at The 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors for an audience including
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Also an accomplished songwriter, Erivo wrote and and performed the song, "Fly Before
You Fall," for the 2014 feature film “Beyond the Lights.” Erivo is also the featured
vocalist on the anthem “Jump” from the acclaimed upcoming documentary “STEP”
which follows a group of inner-city Baltimore teens as they navigate thru their transition
from senior year of high school to college. The film is slated to come out in August
Erivo is currently working on writing and recording original music in her downtime while
simultaneously co-starring opposite Viola Davis in the Steve McQueen directed movie
“Widows”, expected to premiere in 2018. She is also set to star in the biopic film about
Harriet Tubman to be directed by Seith Mann, also slated to premiere in 2018.
A UK native, Erivo graduated from the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
and takes great pride in her craft.
Outside of music and acting, Erivo is a self-professed fitness and wellness devotee.
Working out daily and sometimes twice a day, Erivo regularly shares her routines,
practices and vegan lifestyle across her social media.
There is so much more to come from the force of nature that is Cynthia Erivo.
Cynthia Erivo