Real name: Letitia Michelle Wright
Born: 31 October, 1993
Place of birth: Georgetown, Guyana
Alma mater: Duke’s Aldridge Academy
Years active: 2011–present
Early, Family, and Educational
Letitia Michelle Wright (born 31 October 1993) in Georgetown, Guyana. She is a Guyanese-born British actress.
Her family moved to London when she was seven years old, and she attended school there. Having been brought up in Tottenham, and attending Duke’s Aldridge Academy, she has stated, “I’ll always be a north London girl.
She Began her professional career in 2011, she has played roles in several British TV series, including Top Boy, Coming Up, Chasing Shadows, Humans, the Doctor Who episode “Face the Raven” and the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum”; for the latter she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Career and Success
As a child, Wright performed in school plays but credits her desire to be a professional actress to the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee. She found Keke Palmer’s performance inspiring, remarking that the role “resonated. It’s one of the reasons why I’m here”.
She attended the Identity School of Acting, enrolling at the age of 16. She appeared in two episodes of Holby City and Top Boy in 2011. She had a small role in My Brother the Devil in 2012, where she was recognized by Screen International as one of its 2012 Stars of Tomorrow.
Michael Caton-Jones cast Wright in her first leading role in Urban Hymn (2015), which brought her to the attention of Hollywood.The same year, she appeared in an episode of Doctor Who, and the following year, she began a recurring role as Renie on Humans. During this time, she also appeared in the play Eclipsed on the West End.
In 2017, Wright starred in the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum”; her performance earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Wright co-starred in the 2018 film Black Panther, playing the role of Shuri, King T’Challa’s sister and princess of Wakanda. Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film also starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. She reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, which was released later that year.
Also in 2018, Wright appeared as Reb in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the 2011 science-fiction novel Ready Player One. Wright features as one of the cameos in Drake’s music video for “Nice for What”. In 2019, Wright won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts named Wright among the 2015 group of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for her role in the award-winning film Urban Hymn. In 2018, she achieved global recognition with her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, both of which stand amongst the highest-grossing films of all time. In 2019 she received the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Wright opened up about her struggles with depression. In 2018, she told Vanity Fair that when she first experienced depression at the age of 20, she “was in the dark going through so many bad things”.
Wright credits her Christian faith for helping her overcome her depression, which she discovered after attending a London actors’ Bible study meeting. To focus on her full recovery and her faith, she declined many film roles. She later explained she “needed to take a break from acting” and “went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian.
- 2011 Victim
- 2012 My Brother the Devil
- 2015 Urban Hymn
- 2018 The Commuter
- 2018 Black Panther
- Ready Player One
- Avengers: Infinity War
- 2019 Avengers: Endgame
- Guava Island
- 2011 Holby City
- 2013 Coming Up
- 2014 Glasgow Girls
- 2014–2017 City 17 Street
- 2015 Banana
- 2016 Humans
- 2017 Black Mirror