Cush Jumbo

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Cush Jumbo
Born (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 29)
London, England
Years active 2006–present
Awards Winner of the Ian Charleson Award 2011, UK Theatre Award 2013, Emerging Talent Award at London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013

Cush Jumbo (born 23 September 1985) is an English actress and writer.

Early and personal life[edit]

Jumbo was born in King's College Hospital, Lambeth, London to parents Angela and Marx Jumbo. Her mother is British and her father is Nigerian. The second of seven children, she grew up in the Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark. Jumbo began dance classes at the age of three learning Tap, Ballet and Modern and went on to learn Street Dance, Contemporary and Ballroom and Latin in later years. Between the ages of 11 and 15, she trained at the Francis Cooper School of Dance whilst attending Cator Park School for Girls, but at 14 she left Cator Park to pursue acting more seriously at the BRIT School for Performing Arts in Croydon. Jumbo graduated with a first from the BA (Hons) Acting course at Central School of Speech and Drama before starting her professional career. She considered undertaking teacher training in London before finally settling on a career as a professional actress.[1] She owns a miniature poodle called Henry.[2]


Jumbo's theatre credits include Brixton Stories at The Lyric, Hammersmith, Liquid Gold at the Almeida and Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare's Globe.[3] She has also appeared in productions of The Cherry Orchard, The Crucible, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Richard III [4] and Pygmalion (play) at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester for which she received MEN and Ian Charleson Award nominations. In 2012 she won the Ian Charleson Award for her performance as Rosalind in William Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Clare Brennan of the Guardian spoke of Jumbo's performance in 'As You Like It' saying "If these performances truly reflect her talent, Jumbo looks set to become one of the best actresses of her generation". Jumbo played Constance Neville in She Stoops to Conquer at The National Theatre in 2012 and Mark Antony in an all female production of Julius Caesar (play) at the Donmar Warehouse for which she received a nomination for an Olivier Award.[5] She took part again in the production when it was revived in New York in October 2013. In May 2013, she played the role of Nora in A Doll's House at the Royal Exchange Theatre. In October 2013 she won a UK Theatre Award for this performance.[6]

In July and August 2013, Jumbo performed in her own debut play Josephine and I, a one-person play about jazz singer Josephine Baker, which premiered at the Bush Theatre, London.[7][8] She won an Emerging Talent Award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards in November 2013 for this performance.[9] The show was developed for transfer [10] and began previews on Feb. 27th, 2015 at New York's Public Theatre.

She made her Broadway debut in the Autumn of 2014 when she appeared in the transfer of the Royal Court Theatre production of The River by Jez Butterworth, alongside Laura Donnelly and Hugh Jackman.[11]

She will also appear alongside Tom Sturridge in the forthcoming film "Remainder".

Jumbo also co-wrote the musical Rebels and Retail, a shortlisted entrant in the Perfect Pitch West End Showcase 2008.[12]

Jumbo is the co-author of 101 Dance Ideas for 5-11 yr olds which is published by A & C Black Publishers Ltd.

On television, Jumbo has appeared in My Family, Harley Street, as receptionist Hannah Fellows, as Lois Habiba in all five episodes of Torchwood: Children of Earth, as Becky on BBC3's drama series Lip Service, Casualty (TV series) and as Nurse Damaris in Getting On Series 2 and 3, written by Jo Brand, Jo Scanlon and Vicki Pepperdine in which she was directed by fellow Torchwood actor Peter Capaldi. She appeared as Detective Bethany Whelan in series 2 of ITV's Vera (TV series) starring Brenda Blethyn and will return to the show for series 5 to be broadcast in 2015. She has also appeared several times on BBC Radio 4 in dramas and as a guest on the panel show Dilemma.


Year(s) Title Role More information
2007 My Family Girlfriend One episode: Dutch Art and Dutch Courage
2008 Harley Street Hannah Fellows Six episodes
2009 Torchwood Lois Habiba Series three: Children of Earth
Casualty Zara Finchley One episode: Every Breath You Take
2010 Lip Service Becky Love Six episodes
2010 Getting On Damaris Episode #2.5 and all of series 3
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Jaime[13] Feature film
2012 Vera DC Bethany Whelan Series Regular


  1. ^ [1], Metro, 11 July 2013
  2. ^ [2], The Observer, 25 November 2012
  3. ^ "Cush Jumbo Biography" (DOC). Scenic Route Theatre. Retrieved 2009-07-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Harley Street Press Pack" (DOC). ITV. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  5. ^ [3], The Guardian, 26 March 2013
  6. ^ [4]. BBC website
  7. ^ "Bush Theatre". Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sebastian Shakespeare, "Londoner's Diary", Evening Standard, 8 August 2013
  9. ^ [5]. Evening Standard website
  10. ^ [6] Yorkshire Post, 27 April 2014
  11. ^ [7] The Stage, 9 May 2014
  12. ^ Perfect Pitch Music Musicals - Rebels and Retail
  13. ^ "The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)". Full list of Cast and Crew. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 

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