Cynthia Erivo (born 8 January 1987) is a British actress, singer, songwriter, and film producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Grammy Award and a Tony Award, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. 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. Erivo began acting in a 2011 stage production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. She gained recognition for starring in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple from 2015 to 2017, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. On television, she had her first role in the British series Chewing Gum (2015). She made her film debut in 2018 in the neo-noir thriller film Bad Times at the El Royale. That same year, she also starred in the heist thriller film Widows, which marked the first film she had ever shot. In 2019, she produced and starred in the scripted science fiction thriller podcast Carrier, voicing the lead role of Raylene Watts, a long-haul truck driver transporting a trailer with "disturbing, mysterious contents". In 2020, she starred as investigator Holly Gibney in the HBO miniseries The Outsider, a television adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Also in 2020, for her portrayal of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet (2019), she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress; she also wrote and performed the song "Stand Up" on its soundtrack, which garnered her a nomination in the Best Original Song category. She received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of American singer Aretha Franklin in National Geographic's anthology series Genius: Aretha (2021). In 2022, she played The Blue Fairy in Disney's live-action film adaptation of Pinocchio, directed by Robert Zemeckis. She is slated to produce and star in a film adaption of her podcast Carrier, reprising the role of Raylene. She is attached to star in a film continuation of the series Luther and as Elphaba in a two-part film adaptation of the musical Wicked. She will star in and produce sci-fi film Blink Speed for Netflix.