Here are 5 fast facts on Cynthia Erivo, the Broadway and movie star that has been making major strides in the entertainment industry over the past few years. And while you know her for her acting, you may be surprised to learn these 5 facts about Cynthia Erivo. Check them out below.
Her full name is Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo. Say that one time slow
Erivo, who was born to Nigerian parents in Stockwell, South London attended an all-girl school before going to college. She attended the La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School the began a music psychology degree at the University of East London. However, a year into her degree, she trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
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Role of Firsts
While she is most known for her Broadway roles, her first professional role was actually a TV gig. She starred on the British TV series Chewing Gum and The Tunnel. Her first stage role was in Marine Parade by Simon Stephens at the Brighton Festival. Her first musical role was in John Adams’ and June Jordan’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
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We all know she can sing (musicals, amiright?) but did you know she actually released an album in 2015. The self-released album: Cynthia Erivo and Oliver Tompsett Sing Scott Alan (with Oliver Tompsett & Scott Alan).
Outside of acting on stage and in movies, Erivo co-produced and was cast as the lead voice actor in the scripted thriller podcast Carrier from the audio firm Qcode Media. She played the series lead role of Raylene ‘Ray’ Watts, a long-haul truck driver transporting a trailer with “disturbing, mysterious contents”.