Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo (born 8 January 1987) is an English actress, singer, and songwriter.
She is known for her performance as Celie in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the latter two she shared with the rest of the cast.
Erivo ventured into films in 2018, with roles in the heist film Widows and the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. In 2019, she portrayed abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet, for which she earned nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Strictly contestants embarked on yet another gruelling day of rehearsals today.The BBC contestant joked that she had found a new favourite - and it was not her former dance partner Nikita Kuzmin.In a clip posted to Amy's Instagram story, Tilly appeared to have worked up a sweat as she expressed having had "the most fun" working with the professional dancer."We have the most fun…," the Strictly star gleefully said."We have the best time.""My new favourite dance partner"The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour starts on January 20 and will run for 33 dates until February 13.The nationwide tour includes this year's Strictly contestants including Bake Off star John Whaite, presenter AJ Odudu, and the BBC show winner EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, who will join Tilly on the road for the live shows.Gordon Ramsay's daughter will once again hit the stage with her dance partner Nikita, who helped the chef sail all the way through to Week 10 of the BBC competition.After finding herself in her third dance-off against Rhys Stephenson during Movie Week, Tilly and Nikita were sent packing by show judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Cynthia Erivo and Anton Du Beke.Ahead of her exit, The Matilda & The Ramsay Bunch author gave a heartfelt speech as her father Gordon broke down in tears."I'd just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me," Tilly told Strictly presenter Tess Daly."From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, makeup and camera crew.
It's just been the most extraordinary time."I found out something about myself that I didn't know I could do, I didn't know I could dance and have fun like this."She concluded: "So a massive thank you and, obviously, a huge thank you.Read more on express.co.uk