Letitia Michelle Wright is a Guyanese-British actress. She began her career with guest roles in the television series Top Boy, Coming Up, Chasing Shadows, Humans, Doctor Who, and Black Mirror. For the latter, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. She then had her breakthrough for her role in the 2015 film Urban Hymn, for which the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) named Wright among the 2015 group of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits.
In 2018, she attained global recognition for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, for which she won an NAACP Image Award and a SAG Award. She reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022). In 2019, she received the BAFTA Rising Star Award. She also appeared in Steve McQueen‘s 2020 anthology series Small Axe, which earned her a Satellite Award nomination.
Nick Name: Tish
Years active: 2011–present
Born: 31 October 1993, 30 years old and 1 months, Georgetown, Guyana
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 5’6″, 1.67.5 cm
Measurements: 32-23-32 in – 81.28-58.42-81.28 cm
Bra Size: 32A US – 70A EU
Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever with Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guria et Angela Bassett.
Mother – a teacher
Siblings – Possibly have two half-siblings from her mother second marriage, one of them being a brother.
She has African Guyanese ancestry.
Letitia might possibly have a distant connection to Hispanic ancestry, owing to the location of her birth country which is surrounded by nations rich in Latino culture.
(Elementary/ Primary) Finsbury Park primary school
Letitia finished her high school education from London.
At the age of 16, she enrolled for a part-time acting course at Identity School of Acting in East London. Upon graduating, she started getting acting jobs.
She also studied for a Bachelor degree in Arts and Psychology.
Early life and education
Letitia Michelle has one brother, Ivan Bombokka. Her family moved to London, England, when she was eight years old, and she attended Northumberland Park Community School while her brother relocated to Europe.
On 1 February 2023, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Letters from the University of Guyana at an Extraordinary Convocation Ceremony.
Wright performed in school plays, but she credits her desire to be a professional actress to seeing the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee. She found Keke Palmer‘s performance inspiring, remarking that the role “resonated. It’s one of the reasons why I’m here”. She attended the Identity School of Acting, enrolling at the age of 16.
In 2011, she appeared as a recurring role in the series Top Boy and in two episodes of Holby City. She had a small role in the 2012 film My Brother the Devil, for which she was recognized by Screen International as one of its 2012 Stars of Tomorrow. Michael Caton-Jones cast Wright in her first leading role in Urban Hymn (2015), which brought her to the attention of Hollywood. The same year, she appeared in the Doctor Who episode Face the Raven, and the following year, she began a recurring role as Renie on Humans. During this time, she also appeared in the play Eclipsed (written by Danai Gurira) at London’s Gate Theatre. In 2017, Wright starred in the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum“; her performance earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Wright co-starred in the 2018 film Black Panther, playing the role of Shuri, King T’Challa‘s sister and princess of Wakanda. Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film also starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. Wright won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture for her work in the film, and reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, which was released two months later. Also in 2018, Wright appeared as Reb in Steven Spielberg‘s film adaptation of the 2011 science-fiction novel Ready Player One. Wright features as one of the cameos in Drake‘s music video for “Nice for What“.
In 2018, Wright was also featured in a play called The Convert, which was staged at London’s Young Vic Theatre. The play was the story of an English-speaking missionary in the 19th century, where the Africans were trained to speak Victorian English and engage in Christianity. This play was set in 1895, when a Black male Catholic teacher and missionary called Chilford occupies a mission house in Rhodesian Salisbury. Wright plays the character of a Jekesai, a young Rhodesia girl who is being forced into marriage by her uncle, but luckily is saved by Chilford.
In 2019, Wright won the BAFTA Rising Star Award. In April 2019, Wright appeared alongside Donald Glover and Rihanna in Guava Island, a short musical film released by Amazon Studios, before reprising her role as Shuri in Avengers: Endgame.
In November 2018, it was announced that Wright would be starring alongside John Boyega in a novel adaptation of Hold Back The Stars. Wright appeared in 2022’s Death on the Nile. She was also cast in Steve McQueen‘s mini-series Small Axe, set in London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. In the first episode, Mangrove, which premiered on BBC One on 15 November 2020, Wright plays British Black Panther leader Altheia Jones-LeCointe, who, along with eight other Black activists, was arrested and charged with inciting a riot after a peaceful protest in 1970. Wright earned “Best Supporting Actress” nominations for this role, bringing “focussed energy and passion” to her depiction of the real-life Jones-LeCointe, as noted by The New Yorker.
In February 2020, it was announced that Wright had accepted to play twin sisters June and Jennifer Gibbons in the film The Silent Twins, based on the 1986 book of the same name by Marjorie Wallace, with shooting beginning in April. The film was released in September 2022.
Wright returned as Shuri for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which depicts Shuri becoming the new Black Panther following the death of T’Challa; the film marked her first leading role. Released in November 2022, the film was made in honor of Chadwick Boseman, who died from colon cancer in 2020. During the filming of a chase sequence in August 2021, she fractured her shoulder and suffered a concussion following a motorcycle accident, causing production to pause while she recuperated.
Wright has opened up about her struggles with depression. She told Vanity Fair in 2018 that when she first experienced depression at the age of 20, she “was in the dark going through so many bad things”. Wright credits her Christian faith with helping her overcome the depression, which she discovered after attending a London actors’ Bible study meeting. To focus on her recovery and her faith, she turned down film roles. She later explained she “needed to take a break from acting” and “went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian.”
COVID-19 vaccination controversy
In December 2020, Wright generated backlash for sharing a 69-minute video from the YouTube channel On The Table on Twitter, in which Tomi Arayomi, a senior leader with the Light London church, questioned the legitimacy of the COVID-19 vaccine and accused China of spreading COVID-19, amongst other controversial statements; YouTube deleted the video for violation of its terms of service. Wright later clarified, “My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else.” She subsequently left social media.
In October 2021, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Wright had parted ways with her U.S. team of representatives due to uproar over the video and her alleged continued promotion of anti-vaccine sentiments on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever during production in Atlanta. Wright returned to social media to deny these claims.
During a November 2022 feature with Variety, Wakanda Forever co-star Angela Bassett stated that she had never heard Wright share anti-vaccine sentiments during filming, while Marvel vice president Nate Moore claimed that he did not know her vaccination status, that she was not sharing her views on set, and that her status did not affect production. During the interview, her publicist and representatives evaded Variety‘s attempts to ask about her updated vaccinated status, instead redirecting them to Wright’s prior statement in 2021.
Later that month, Wright condemned The Hollywood Reporter for an article that included her amongst awards-season prospects with “personal baggage”, in which its author Scott Feinberg compared her past comments with men accused of abuse and sexual misconduct. She reiterated that she had already apologised for her comments two years prior and had remained silent on the topic, and accused both the publication and Feinberg of having an “agenda” against her, which she described as “vile” and “disgusting” behaviour.
Letitia was cast as a teenager named Nyla in the British drama Victim (2011).
First TV Show
Letitia had a 2-episode guest role as Ellie Maynard in the British medical drama called Holby City aired on BBC One in 2011.
Letitia Wright Favorite Things
Activities During Break On Film Sets – Watching Netflix, reading books, talking to the second Assistant Director
Actress – Naomie Harris, Viola Davis
TV Show – Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Video Game – Tekken
Film – Ratcatcher (1999), Juno (2007)
Guilty Pleasure – Sweet Popcorn, Pick ‘n’ Mix (Bulk mix of all kinds of candy such as gummy bears and chocolates)
Medium To Watch TV Shows / Movies – Netflix
Letitia Wright Facts
Letitia was inspired to become an actress after watching Keke Palmer role in the film Akeelah and the Bee (2006).
Had her acting career not taken off, she would have majored in psychology and pursued a career in that field.
Moving to cold and detached London where everybody kept to themselves, coming from the intimate, friendly community in Guyana, Letitia experienced a massive culture shock. To fit in, she picked up the London accent fast by practicing it in front of the mirror every day.
Films became Letitia primary source of education of the local British culture and she enacted several scenes at home for hours.
She credits a lot of her success to Femi Oguns, the founder of Identity School of Acting. Letitia shared that he challenged stereotypes on her behalf. He often booked her to test for Caucasian roles and got her jobs that she normally would not audition for.
After 2011, for nearly a year, she booked no roles and had to take up a job in the hospitality industry to support herself financially.
At the age of 20, the obsession with getting a breakthrough in acting put Letitia in depression. Her actor friend Malachi Kirby took her to an actors’ Bible study at the Anchor of Hope church in East London which initiated her emotional healing.
Letitia regularly prays for mental wellness and claims to be in a serious relationship with Jesus. As such she does not feel comfortable wearing sexy or revealing clothes and is completely against nudity in acting roles.
Her character Shuri in Black Panther (2018) is the most intelligent character in Marvel Universe and is deemed brighter than even Tony Stark.
She stated that her role in Urban Hymn (2015) of a young offender was emotionally draining and was one of the most challenging roles she ever signed up for.
Urban Hymn director Michael Caton-Jones who directed Leonardo DiCaprio in his third movie which had him in the main role for the first time was extremely impressed by Letitia acting prowess. He stated that Letitia is as talented as Leonardo.
Right before filming Black Panther, Letitia wrapped Steven Spielberg production and was completely smitten by the famous director-producer humility despite many years of acclaim in Hollywood.
After wrapping Black Panther (2018), Letitia first major purchase was to gift herself a vacation to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean Island.
When not filming, the actress likes skateboarding and playing video games. Signing any movie contract forbids her from skateboarding because actors are not allowed to indulge in activities which have the potential to cause serious injury.
The British Academy Film Awards deemed her as one of the 18 breakthrough Brits in 2015.