Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo is an English actress, producer and singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in 2015 with her Broadway debut as Celie in The Color Purple and won a Tony Award for her performance in 2016. Erivo also received two Oscar nominations in 2020 — one for Best Actress and another for Original Song — both for the period drama Harriet. Her other famous films and TV series include WidowsBad Times at the El Royale and Genius, celebrating Aretha Franklin's life and legacy. She will star as Elphaba in the upcoming movie adaptation of Wicked.
Cynthia Erivo
Full Name
Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo
London, England
Notable Projects


Why does it matter that Cynthia Erivo was cast in ‘Wicked’ as Elphaba?

Originally played by Idina Menzel, the character of Elphaba is a social outcast who experiences hardships, discrimination and oppression both economically and socially. "Anyone who is of an ethnic minority, who is Black or Jewish or gay, or a woman feeling she grew up in a man's world...will identify with Elphaba," said composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz in his biography, 'Defying Gravity.'

What nationality is Cynthia Erivo?

Cynthia Erivo was born in the Stockwell district of London, England. Erivo's parents are Nigerian.

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Ariana Grande Won't Make a New Album Until Wicked Is Finished: 'Spending All of My Time with Glinda'
"The truth is, I have not begun an album," Ariana Grande told fans in a video posted to her cosmetics brand R.E.M. Beauty's YouTube Channel on Thursday
Cynthia Erivo Says They're Deciding 'How Green We're Gonna Go' as Elphaba for Wicked Movie 
"I think it will help me perform," Cynthia Erivo said of transforming into Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the upcoming Wicked film
Behind the Scenes at the 2022 Grammys: See Celebrities Inside the Show
The next best thing to actually being at the Grammys? Scrolling through these photos and pretending you're there!
Rachel Zegler, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. Perform Special 'In Memoriam' Grammys Segment
The artists performed a medley of songs by musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim
Cynthia Erivo Reveals Which Wicked Songs Helped Her Nail Her Elphaba Audition: 'All the Big Ones'
Cynthia Erivo also revealed on the Grammys red carpet which Wicked song she's excited to sing with co-star Ariana Grande in the upcoming film adaptation

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Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Jon Batiste, Chris Stapleton, and Nas Join 2022 Grammys Performer Lineup
Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, Rachel Zegler, and more will perform at the 64th Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3
Kristin Chenoweth Told Ariana Grande to 'Find Her Own Glinda' for Wicked Movie: 'We Talk About It'
"I am a mentor. I am also a mentee because I am learning from her as well," she said
Idina Menzel Congratulates Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo on Wicked Casting News: 'So Much Love'

Idina Menzel was an original cast member when Wicked debuted on Broadway in October 2003