The Black British Actress List

by jazdakandake | created - 10 Apr 2017 | updated - 10 Apr 2017 | Public

Uncompleted list of Black British Actresses. With minimal representation of black women in British television, it is important to look at actresses in who are working actively in the industry. List is in no particular order, and is constantly updated.

1. Adelayo Adedayo

Actress | Unlocked

Adelayo Adedayo is an actress, known for Unlocked (2017), Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016) and Some Girls (2012).

2. Faith Alabi

Actress | Grantchester

Faith Alabi is an actress, known for Grantchester (2014), Agatha Raisin (2014) and Vera (2011).

3. Clare-Hope Ashitey

Actress | Children of Men

Clare-Hope Ashitey was born on February 12, 1987 in Enfield, Middlesex, England as Clare-Hope Naa K. Ashitey. She is an actress, known for Children of Men (2006), Beyond the Gates (2005) and Exodus (2007).

4. Lashana Lynch

Actress | Brotherhood

Lashana Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed.

Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later ...

5. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

6. Tamara Lawrance

Actress | Corvidae

Tamara Lawrance is an actress, known for Corvidae, On Chesil Beach (2017) and National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night (2017).

7. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

8. Jade Anouka

Actress | Cleaning Up

Jade Anouka is an actress, known for Cleaning Up (2019), Turn Up Charlie (2019) and Fisherman's Friends (2019).

9. Shanika Warren-Markland

Actress | 4.3.2.1.

Shanika Warren-Markland is an actress, known for 4.3.2.1. (2010), Fedz (2013) and Victim (2011).

10. Susan Wokoma

Actress | Year of the Rabbit

Susan was born in Southwark, London to Nigerian parents. Her television debut was at 14 years old as one of the eight children selected for CBBC's Serious Jungle (2002). Susan was a member of The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. At 18, whilst studying for her A Levels, she landed her first ...

11. Bumni Mojekwu

Actress | EastEnders: E20

Bumni Mojekwu is an actress, known for EastEnders: E20 (2010).

12. Tiana Benjamin

Actress | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Tiana Benjamin was born on October 5, 1984 in Enfield, London, England as Tiana Opium Benjamin. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and EastEnders (1985).

13. Ann Ogbomo

Actress | Wonder Woman

In both film and theatre Ann has been involved in ground-breaking productions. These include Phyllida Lloyd's Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse, Michael Boyd's History Plays at the RSC and most recently Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman for Warner Bros. In her current TV role for Warner TV she can be seen...

14. Naomie Harris

Actress | 28 Days Later...

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

15. Louise Rose

Actress | Dorian Gray

Louise Rose is an actress, known for Dorian Gray (2009), Luther (2010) and Diamonds (2009).

16. Nikki Amuka-Bird

Actress | Jupiter Ascending

Amuka-Bird was born in Nigeria, but grew up in the UK and in Antigua. She abandoned her dancing aspirations after suffering a back injury. After attending LAMDA, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst on tour with the RSC in Japan, she met her husband, actor Geoffrey Streatfield. In ...

17. Christine Adams

Actress | Batman Begins

Film and television actress Christine Adams was born in London, United Kingdom.

She starred on several British and American films and television series since early 2000s.

On television, she is known for roles as "Katherine Williams Osgood" on the British miniseries, NY-LON (2004); "Simone Hundin" on ...

18. Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actress | Without a Trace

Marianne Jean-Baptiste was born on April 26, 1967 in London, England as Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste. She is an actress and director, known for Without a Trace (2002), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Spy Game (2001). She has been married to Evan Williams since 1997. They have two children.

19. Savannah Gordon-Liburd

Actress | My Brother the Devil

Savannah Gordon-Liburd is an actress, known for My Brother the Devil (2012), One Night (2012) and Honeytrap (2014).

20. Modupe Adeyeye

Actress | EastEnders

Modupe Adeyeye is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Hollyoaks (1995) and EastEnders: E20 (2010).

21. Rakie Ayola

Actress | Been So Long

Rakie Ayola was born in 1968 in Cardiff, Wales. She is an actress and producer, known for Been So Long (2018), Twelfth Night (2018) and No Offence (2015). She is married to Adam Smethurst. They have two children.

22. Alisha Bailey

Actress | Doctor Who

Alisha Bailey was born on April 13, 1987 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Chewing Gum (2015) and C.B. Strike (2017).

23. Phina Oruche

Actress | Taken Down

Completed shooting Taken Down a six part drama for RTE in Dublin. playing the role of dastardly Marvellous which garnered critical acclaim. Her one woman show called Identity Crisis debuted at International Edinburgh Festival and NYC Soho's Fringe festival garnered great five star reviews. She ...

24. Nicola Hughes

Actress | Jonathan Creek

Nicola Hughes was born on May 10, 1975 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. She is an actress, known for Jonathan Creek (1997), National Theatre Live: Allelujah! (2018) and EastEnders (1985).

25. Wunmi Mosaku

Actress | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Wunmi Mosaku was born on July 31, 1986 in Zaria, Nigeria as Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku. She is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Philomena (2013).

26. Sharon Duncan-Brewster

Actress | Rogue One

Sharon Duncan-Brewster was born on February 8, 1976 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Imagine Me & You (2005) and Bad Girls (1999).

27. Caroline Chikezie

Actress | Æon Flux

Caroline Chikezie was born on February 19, 1974 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Æon Flux (2005), Eragon (2006) and The Double Deal (2014).

28. Kelle Bryan

Actress | EastEnders

Kelle Bryan was born on March 12, 1975 in London, England. She is an actress and talent agent, known for EastEnders (1985), The Brothers (2009) and The Naked Poet (2016). She has been married to Jay Gudgeon since September 17, 2010. They have two children.

29. Velile Tshabalala

Actress | Utopia

Velile Tshabalala was born in 1984 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Utopia (2013), Doctor Who (2005) and Kerching! (2003).

30. Diane Parish

Actress | Babyfather

Diane Parish was born on November 1, 1969 in Chelsea, London, England as Jemima Diane Parish. She is an actress, known for Babyfather (2001), The Bill (1984) and Alive and Kicking (1996).

31. Ellen Thomas

Actress | EastEnders

Ellen Thomas was born on February 3, 1964 in Sierra Leone as Ellen Dorothy Thomas. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Basic Instinct 2 (2006).

32. Josette Simon

Actress | Wonder Woman

Josette Simon was born in 1960 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Josette Patricia Simon. She is an actress, known for Wonder Woman (2017), Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) and Red Lights (2012). She was previously married to Mark Padmore.

33. Ayesha Antoine

Actress | Doctor Who

Ayesha Antoine was born on May 8, 1981. She is an actress and writer, known for Doctor Who (2005), Skins (2007) and Holby City (1999).

34. Tanya Moodie

Actress | Sherlock

Tanya Moodie is an actress, known for Sherlock (2010), Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet (2016) and Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (2003).

35. Kehinde Fadipe

Actress | Misfits

Kehinde Fadipe is an actress and director, known for Misfits (2009), Spirit Children (2011) and Ma Kelly Goes to the Games (2011).

36. Nina Baden-Semper

Actress | Love Thy Neighbour

Nina Baden-Semper (born 1945) is a British actress of Trinidadian descent, best known for her role as Barbie Reynolds in the controversial sit-com of the 1970s, Love Thy Neighbour (co-starring Rudolph Walker) for Thames Television.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Nina Baden-Semper was a dancer when she...

37. Sharla Smith

Actress | The Glowing Hours

Sharla Smith is an actress, known for The Glowing Hours (2012) and Little Miss Jocelyn (2006).

39. Babirye Bukilwa

Actress | Neighbors

Babirye Bukilwa is an actress, known for Neighbors (2012), Strawberry Fields (2012) and Hot Pepper (2015).

40. Cynthia Erivo

Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale

Cynthia Erivo was born on January 8, 1987 in Stockwell, London, England as Cynthia Chinasaokwu O. Erivo. She is an actress, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Widows (2018) and Step (2017).

41. Llewella Gideon

Actress | Spice World

Llewella Gideon was born on September 27, 1967. She is an actress and writer, known for Spice World (1997), Black Sea (2014) and Paddington (2014).

42. Naomi Campbell

Actress | Zoolander 2

Naomi Campbell was born on May 22, 1970 in Streatham, London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Zoolander 2 (2016), To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) and I Feel Pretty (2018).

43. Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence

Actress | EastEnders

Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence was born in 1956 in Bermondsey, London, England as Jacqueline Anne Lawrence. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Strapless (1989) and Close Relations (1998). She has been married to Horace G. Notice since 1992. They have two children.

44. Zaraah Abrahams

Actress | Payback Season

Zaraah Abrahams was born in 1987 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Payback Season (2012), Waterloo Road (2006) and Girls in Love (2003).

45. Angie Greaves

Actress | Construction Site

Angie Greaves is an actress, known for Construction Site (1999), Pointless Celebrities (2010) and The A Force (1996).

46. Dawn Hope

Actress | Melody

Dawn Hope was born in 1960 in Middlesex, London, England. She is an actress, known for Melody (1971), Waiting for God (1990) and National Theatre Live: Follies (2017).

47. Jocelyn Jee Esien

Actress | Little Miss Jocelyn

Jocelyn Jee Esien was born on March 2, 1979 in Hackney, London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Little Miss Jocelyn (2006), 1 Non Blonde (2010) and Big School (2013).

48. Rosalyn Wright

Actress | Hetty Feather

Rosalyn Wright is an actress, known for Hetty Feather (2015), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Star Stories (2008).

49. Emi Wokoma

Actress | Trexx and Flipside

Emi Wokoma is an actress, known for Trexx and Flipside (2008), EastEnders (1985) and Holby City (1999).

50. Sharlene Whyte

Actress | Burnside

Sharlene Whyte is an actress, known for Burnside (2000), Spooks (2002) and Second Coming (2014).

51. Amelia Parillon

Actress | P.O.E. Pieces of Eldritch (P.O.E. 3)

Amelia Parillon is an actress, known for House of Ravens (2014), Gideon (2010) and Housemates (2015).

52. Cecilia Noble

Actress | The Lady in the Van

Cecilia Noble is an actress, known for The Lady in the Van (2015), Mumatar (2018) and Danny and the Human Zoo (2015).

53. Sarah Niles

Actress | London Boulevard

Sarah Niles is an actress, known for London Boulevard (2010) and Happy-Go-Lucky (2008).

54. Olivia Musangi

Actress | Top Boy

Olivia Musangi is an actress, known for Top Boy (2011).

55. Dani Moseley

Actress | Dreaming Whilst Black

Dani Moseley is an actress, known for Dreaming Whilst Black (2018), Brothers with No Game (2012) and Gates (2012).

56. Dominique Moore

Actress | Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans

Dominique Moore was born in 1986 in London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019), Sadie Sparks (2019) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019).

57. Emilyne Mondo

Actress | U.F.O.

Emilyne Mondo is an actress, known for Alien Uprising (2012), Housefull 3 (2016) and Kindred (2019).

58. Marsha Millar

Actress | The Love Child

Marsha Millar is an actress, known for The Love Child (1987), Top Boy (2011) and Kavanagh QC (1995).

59. Petra Letang

Actress | EastEnders

Petra Letang was born in 1979 in Plaistow, London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for EastEnders (1985), Holby City (1999) and The Naked Poet (2016).

60. Aicha Kossoko

Actress | Skins

Aicha Kossoko is an actress, known for Skins (2007), Beloved (2011) and Radiator (2014).

61. Kezrena James

Actress | Crash

Kezrena James is an actress, known for Crash (2009), Ordinary Lies (2015) and 15 Days (2019).

62. Judith Jacob

Actress | EastEnders

Judith Jacob was born on December 13, 1961 in England. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), The Five (2016) and The Mark Steel Lectures (2003).

63. Doreen Ingleton

Actress | Within These Walls

Doreen Ingleton was born on January 11, 1956 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Within These Walls (1974), Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (2008) and The Afternoon Play (2003).

64. London Hughes

Actress | Beyonce Wants Groceries

London Hughes is an actress and writer, known for Beyonce Wants Groceries (2011), At Home with Beyonce (2011) and BBC Comedy Feeds (2012).

65. Diveen Henry

Actress | National Theatre Live: Hamlet

Diveen Henry is a British actress of stage and screen. She was born in South London and studied at Webber Douglas Academy. She is best known for for roles in All Or Nothing (2002) The Thick of It election special (2007) and Prosperity (2007) directed by Lenny Abrahamson. In addition to her numerous...

66. Keicha Greenidge

Actress | In the Club

Keicha Greenidge is an actress, known for In the Club (2014), Waterloo Road (2006) and Three Girls (2017).

67. Patricia Gibson-Howell

Actress | Burke and Hare

Patricia Gibson-Howell is an actress, known for Burke and Hare (2010), Doctors (2000) and Casualty (1986).

68. Michelle Gayle

Actress | EastEnders

Michelle Gayle was born on February 2, 1971 in London, England as Michelle Patricia Gayle. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Press Gang (1989) and Grange Hill (1978). She was previously married to Mark Bright.

69. Lorna Gayle

Actress | The Dark Knight

Lorna Gayle is known for her work on The Dark Knight (2008), One Day (2011) and Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007).

70. Maxine Finch

Actress | Coronation Street

Maxine Finch is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), Spine Chillers (2003) and Burn It (2003).

71. Estella Daniels

Actress | Sinbad

Estella Daniels is an actress, known for Sinbad (2012), Ashes to Ashes (2008) and Death in Paradise (2011).

72. Rayna Campbell

Director | Lapse of Honour

Rayna Campbell is an actress and director, known for Lapse of Honour (2015), Layla Fourie (2013) and Dhaka (2019).

73. Anniwaa Buachie

Actress | Holby City

2007 winner of Alan Bates Outstanding Newcomer Award,Anniwaa is a British born actress of Ghanaian decent, the youngest child out of four. From age 6, she was scouted by renowned ballet dancer Rhian Robins, who believed her dance skills were of an exceptionally high standard and encouraged ...

74. Lorna Brown

Actress | Les Misérables

Lorna Brown is an actress, known for Les Misérables (2012), Little Soldier (2008) and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018).

75. Jacqueline Boatswain

Actress | Bloodborne

Jacqueline Boatswain was born in Bedford on June 22nd 1962 and as a child demonstrated a musical talent, attending ballet school in London at age seventeen. For some fifteen years she sang and danced on the West End stage in the RSC's 'Kiss Me, Kate', 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' and the revivals of '...

76. Donna Berlin

Actress | In Darkness

Donna Berlin is an actress, known for In Darkness (2018), Monochrome (2016) and Requiem (2018).

77. Pippa Bennett-Warner

Actress | Wakefield

Pippa Bennett-Warner was born on July 23, 1988 in Banbury, England. She is an actress, known for Wakefield (2016).

78. Ninia Benjamin

Actress | Big Fat Gypsy Gangster

Ninia Benjamin is an actress and writer, known for Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2011), The Lenny Henry Show (2004) and Huge (2010).

79. Floella Benjamin

Actress | Rendition

One of the most famous presenters of Play School (1964) she has recently devoted her life to charity work. As well as sitting on the Board of Governors of Britain's National Film & Television School, she was awarded the OBE by the Queen for services to broadcasting and charity in 2001.

As of 28th ...

80. Michele Austin

Actress | Another Year

Michele Austin is an actress and producer, known for Another Year (2010), Secrets & Lies (1996) and The Last Detective (2003).

81. Michelle Asante

Actress | London Boulevard

Michelle Asante is an actress, known for London Boulevard (2010), Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016) and Identicals (2015).

82. Madeline Appiah

Actress | Partners in Crime

Madeline Appiah is an actress, known for Partners in Crime (2015), In the Long Run (2018) and EastEnders (1985).

83. Adi Alfa

Actress | 'Til Death

Adi was born Adi Natasha Alfa in London to a Nigerian father and Jamaican Chinese British mother.. However she grew up in the city of Liverpool were she studied Performance studies at A level standard and was also awarded achievement of excellence. She then went on to study. Drama and English and ...

84. Chizzy Akudolu

Actress | Holby City

Chizzy Akudolu was born on October 7, 1973 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Holby City (1999), Dead Set (2008) and Jinx (2007).

85. Andrea Ama Aboagye

Actress | Meet the Adebanjos

Andrea Ama Aboagye is an actress, known for Meet the Adebanjos (2012), Murder Capital (2015) and Venus vs. Mars (2015).

86. Yasmin Bannerman

Actress | Killing Me Softly

Yasmin Bannerman was born in 1972 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. She is an actress, known for Killing Me Softly (2002), Life on Mars (2006) and Doctor Who (2005).

87. Doña Croll

Actress | Eastern Promises

Doña Croll was born on August 29, 1953 in Jamaica. She is an actress, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Doctor Who (2005) and EastEnders (1985).

88. Josie D'Arby

Actress | The Glass Man

Josephine d'Arby was born and raised in South Wales. As a teenager she studied advanced improvisation at the Anna Scher Theatre, London. before moving on to graduate the 3 year acting course at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked extensively in the UK as a TV host and in 1999 became ...

89. Noma Dumezweni

Actress | Mary Poppins Returns

Noma Dumezweni was born in 1969 in Swaziland. She is known for her work on Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and The Kid Who Would Be King (2019).

90. Tracy Ifeachor

Actress | Doctor Who

Tracy Ifeachor was born and raised in the sea-side city of Plymouth in Devonshire, England. After being crowned Senior Verse Speaking Champion of the South-West at the age of 15, Tracy was keen to go to drama school to study acting but her father, a Professor of Electronic engineering, an ...

91. Jenny Jules

Actress | Up 'n' Under

Jenny Jules was born in London, England. She is an actress, known for Up 'n' Under (1998), Skins (2007) and EastEnders (1985). She is married to Ralph Brown.

92. Ginny Holder

Actress | The Saint

Ginny Holder is an actress, known for The Saint (1997), Wing Commander (1999) and London Has Fallen (2016).

93. La Charne Jolly

Actress | Holby City

La Charne Jolly is an actress, known for Holby City (1999), Doctors (2000) and Magic Grandad (1993).

94. Danielle Vitalis

Actress | Attack the Block

Danielle Vitalis is an actress, known for Attack the Block (2011), Youngers (2013) and Afro Punk Girl (2016).

95. Hope Olaide Wilson

Actress | Wonderland

Hope Olaide Wilson was born on August 16, 1985 in the UK as Hope Adjoko Olubunkonla Olaide Wilson. She is an actress and producer, known for Wonderland (2019), Solace (2018) and I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009).



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