Oscar Actors: Erivo, Cynthia–Harriet (Cumulative Advantage)

Best Actress nominee, Harriet

Age at nomination: 32

Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo was born 8 January 1987, is a multi-talented English actress, singer, and songwriter.

She is known for her performance as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

Erivo in The Musical The Color Purple.

She also won for that role the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the latter two she shared with the rest of the cast.

Erivo ventured into films in 2018, with roles in the heist film “Widows” and the thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

In 2019, she portrayed abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet, for which she earned nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.