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.
Amber Ruffin has breathed new life into the genre with her smart and silly take on news combined with her fresh perspective on events of the world not often heard anywhere else onscreen.
Whether it’s through song -- and there are plenty of originals she belts out each week -- or recurring segments like, “How Did We Get Here?,” Ruffin’s made her streaming series appointment TV as she tackles everything from racial institutions in America to sitting down with the best and brightest of Broadway.
Now that the series has closed out another successful season with a finale that featured the host and her sister, Lacey Lamar, fangirling over El DeBarge while she also tried to keep it cool while interviewing Cynthia Erivo, Ruffin opens up to ET about what she’s achieved with the series, writing jokes for the 2022 Tony Awards and being recognized by the Emmys.Read more on etonline.com