Letitia Wright is a Guyanese and British actress. Beginning in 2011, she has played in roles in several British TV series, including Top Boy, Coming Up, Chasing Shadows, the Doctor Who episode “Face the Raven” and the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum”.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) named Wright among the 2015 group of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. Wright is best known for playing the character Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War (both released in 2018).
Born Name Letitia Michelle Wright
Nick Name Tish
Years active 2011–present
Born: 31 October 1993, 24 years and 9 months, Georgetown, Guyana
Sun Sign Scorpio
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height: 5′ 6, 1.67.5 cm
Measurements: 32-23-32, 81.28-58.42-81.28 cm
Bra Size: 32A
Father – Unknown
Mother – a teacher
Siblings – Possibly have two half-siblings from her mother’s 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’s degree in Arts and Psychology.
Letitia was formerly with The Gersh Agency, switched to William Morris Endeavor (WME), USA in August 2017.
She is also represented by Identity Agency Group, UK.
Usually keeps her hair short that gives the impression of androgynous facial features.
Typical African-American wide, flat nose
Very lean, slender face and body
Letitia was cast in the Super Bowl commercial for the promotion of the premiere of Black Panther as well as the Lexus LC 500 (2018).
Wright was born in Georgetown, Guyana. Her family moved to London when she was seven years old, and she attended school there. Having been brought up in Tottenham, she has stated, “I’ll always be a north London girl.”
Letitia Wright is from Guyana whose family shifted base to London, England when she was 7. Hence, she spent most of her childhood in England and also studied there. She has also appeared in several Marvel Comics-based superhero movies such as Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, etc where she played the role as Shuri and playing Reb in the adventure sci-fi Ready Player One (2018) produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.
Wright’s interest in acting was inspired when she saw Akeelah and the Bee and found the lead, Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) to be a positive role model. Determined to act, she sent emails to different agents about her acting experience until she was picked for small parts. She starred in My Brother the Devil, where she was recognized by Screen International as one of its 2012 Stars of Tomorrow. Michael Caton-Jones cast her in Urban Hymn which garnered her attention. She has played in numerous episodes of British TV series.
Wright co-starred in Black Panther, playing the role of Shuri, King T’Challa’s sister and princess of Wakanda. The film was released worldwide in February 2018, and starred Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman. She reprised the role in the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in April 2018. Also in 2018, Wright appeared as Reb in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the novel Ready Player One. Wright features as one of the cameos in Drake’s music video for “Nice for What”.
Wright has been vocal about her struggles with depression. In 2018 she told Vanity Fair, “I was in the dark going through so many bad things, when the world didn’t know about Shuri and Letitia and whatever is happening now.” Wright took a break from acting until 2015 after she encountered Christianity at a London actors’ Bible study. On the UK talk show This Morning, she explained, “I needed to take a break from acting, because I really idolized it. So I came off from it and I went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian.”
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’s diet and exercise regime are not available.
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’s 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’s 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’s acting prowess. He stated that Letitia is as talented as Leonardo.
Right before filming Black Panther, Letitia wrapped Steven Spielberg’s production and was completely smitten by the famous director-producer’s humility despite many years of acclaim in Hollywood.
After wrapping Black Panther (2018), Letitia’s 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.
Letitia is a talented freestyle rapper as well and frequently got into intense rap battles with fellow co-star Lupita Nyong’o on the sets of Black Panther. Her rap name is MC Baby Underbite.
The British Academy Film Awards deemed her as one of the 18 breakthrough Brits in 2015.