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Letizia Wright burst onto the scene in Hollywood as Shuri in Marvel’s Black Panther. But long before she was building Gadgets and saving Wakanda, Wright was making a name for herself in her native UK, starring in plenty of emotional drama and comedy and becoming one of the emerging talents of the 2010s.
Be the center of attention Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Wright becomes the first black woman to lead an MCU film, and her wide range is showcased to the full. To see what else the actress is capable of as showcased in her past and recent projects, here are 10 of her best movies and TV shows starring her groundbreaking film City Anthemand her Emmy-nominated performance in black mirror.
banana is a sister series to cucumber, and is widely loved and loved by many fans, having gained a cult following over the years. The series was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie or Limited Series, viz cucumber follows a man, Henry, banana is an anthology series exploring the lives of several Manchester-based LGBTQ+ characters and their struggles and triumphs. Wright plays a lesbian named Scotty who is introverted and unlucky in love due to her obsessive nature. She was praised for her performance in the role.
Wright starred in the second season of the sci-fi thriller show, people, as Renie, a human pretending to be a synthesizer. The show is set in an alternate future Earth where rich families can buy artificially intelligent anthropomorphic robots called Synths. The synthesizers are usually used as household servants or status symbols, but when a family buys a damaged synthesizer, they realize there’s more to the machines than meets the eye.
8th. My brother the devil
My brother the devil tells a dramatic story of family ties and choosing one’s own path. The film follows two London-based Egyptian immigrant brothers named Rashid and Mo who become drug smugglers in shady businesses to make some money on the side. When Rashid decides that he no longer wants to lead a life of crime, a fight ensues between him and his brother, as the latter is not willing to give up their life. In her second film appearance of her career, Wright played Mo’s girlfriend Aisha and My brother the devil received rave reviews and numerous awards.
7. top boy
top boy is one of the most popular British shows of recent years and one of the most prolific Wright has starred in. The series aired on Channel 4 but was eventually canceled and picked up by Netflix. top boy is a crime drama series that focuses on the lives of two drug dealers who live in a house called the Summerhouse Estate. Wright had a recurring role in the show’s first season as Chantelle, a drug dealer who also lives on the estate.
6. Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile is a mystery film based on the popular novel by Agatha Christie and is a sequel to the 2017 film, Murder on the Orient Express. The film follows Detective Hercule Poirot on a Nile cruise when a wealthy heiress is found murdered shortly after her marriage. He tries to find the killer among the ship’s various guests and crew before it reaches its destination. Wright plays Rosalie Otterbourne, Salome Otterbourne’s niece and business manager. This is one of her best-known roles outside of the MCU, as she joined an ensemble cast that included Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Sophie Okonedo, Emma Mackey, Russell Brand, and more.
5. The silent twins
The silent twins is Wright’s latest project and she stars as June Gibbons alongside Tamara Lawrance, who plays her twin sister, Jennifer. The film is based on the lives of the real Gibbons sisters who were known as The Silent Twins because they only spoke to each other. Rejecting society from a young age due to neglect and isolation, the sisters decided to speak only to each other. This led to them being committed to a psychiatric hospital where they were threatened with separation.
4. black mirror
Netflix Anthology Series, black mirror, blends sci-fi with dystopian elements to depict alternate realities where advanced technology and artificial intelligence are the norm. Each episode of the anthology series contains a self-contained story with offbeat plots that usually leave viewers thoughtful or even disturbed. Wright starred in the season four finale with the title Black Museum, an episode that knit together several subplots for a great ending. She played a seemingly interested visitor named Nish at the museum who listens to the owner as he tells the gruesome tales of the various artifacts on display. However, Nish is on a mission for revenge and carefully awaits the moment when she strikes. Although the episode did not receive the critical acclaim of many of its predecessors, Wright’s performance was hailed as outstanding, and she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
3. City Anthem
Her first leading role in a film, City Anthem is considered by many British media and fans to be Wright’s breakthrough. Before he gained an international fan base as Shuri Black Panther, the actress won hearts for her moving role in this coming-of-age drama. She plays Jamie, a troublesome delinquent with a remarkable singing voice. When her caregiver tries to nurture this gift and put her on a musical path to keep her out of trouble, her loyalty is tested when her explosive and possessive best friend wants her all to herself.
2. Small ax
In this story about the Mangrove Nine, Wright plays Altheia Jones-LeCointe, the Trinidadian restaurant owner and one of the key protesters following the raid on The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill. Her performance, as well as that of the entire cast, received critical acclaim. This particular episode of the Small ax Anthology film series named one of the best films of 2020.
1. Black Panther
Black Panther is undoubtedly the film that put Letitia Wright on the world map, turning the iconic superhero blockbuster into a cultural and historical event. Wright plays Princess Shuri, sister of King T’Challa, King of Wakanda. She is a genius prodigy who runs Wakanda’s technology and research departments and designs the suits and weapons T’Challa wears as Wakanda’s protector. Her performance was highly acclaimed and she reprized her role in the sequel. Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverwho takes over the leading role after the death of Chadwick Boseman.