Lenora Crichlow

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Lenora Crichlow
Lenoracrichlow.jpg
Crichlow at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2009
Born Lenora Isabella Crichlow
(1985-01-04) 4 January 1985 (age 29)
Westminster, London, England
Alma mater University of Sussex
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 2004–present
Parents Frank Crichlow (father)

Lenora Isabella Crichlow (born 4 January 1985)[1] is an English actress best known for her roles as Annie Sawyer in the supernatural drama series Being Human (2009–12), Maria "Sugar" Sweet in the International Emmy Award winning comedy-drama series Sugar Rush (2005–06), and Shania Andrews in the sports drama film Fast Girls (2012). In 2010, Crichlow portrayed Ali Redcliffe in the six-part romantic comedy series Material Girl. In 2013, Crichlow played the main role of Victoria Skillane in the episode "White Bear" of the critically acclaimed anthology series Black Mirror. From September to December 2013, she portrayed Lulu Lovette in the American sitcom Back in the Game.

Biography[edit]

Crichlow was born and raised in Harlesden, London to Frank Crichlow, a community activist and civil rights campaigner originally from the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, and Lucy Addington, an Englishwoman. Her father opened and ran The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill which was frequented by stars such as Jimi Hendrix and Diana Ross.[2] Frank Crichlow died on September 15, 2010, aged 78. From the age of 12, Crichlow trained and worked with the Young Blood Theatre Company in Hammersmith, West London.[3] She then went on to study Drama at the University of Sussex. She has two sisters, Amandla and Francesca, and a brother, Knowlton.[4] Her younger sister, Amandla Crichlow, is also an actress and has appeared in Prime Suspect: The Final Act and The Bill.[5]

Acting career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Crichlow's first professional acting role came when she was cast alongside Billie Piper in the television film Bella and the Boys, portraying the character Stacy.[6] She made her first feature film appearance in the small-budget British horror film Wilderness released in 2006,[7] and her first television appearance in the ITV police drama series The Bill.[8]

Crichlow came to public prominence starring as Maria "Sugar" Sweet in Channel 4's adaptation of the Julie Burchill novel Sugar Rush,[9] which won the 2006 International Emmy Award in the Children And Young People category.[10]

She then appeared in "Gridlock", a 2007 episode of Doctor Who, as Cheen,[11] and BBC One's feature-length drama Kiss of Death in 2008, starring alongside Danny Dyer.[8] In March 2010, Crichlow returned to the world of Doctor Who in the audio release of Doctor Who: The Architects of History, playing a new character, Rachel.[12]

2008–2012 and Being Human[edit]

In November 2008, the BBC announced she had been cast as Annie Sawyer,[13] a ghost in a flat shared with a vampire and a werewolf, in the BBC Three series Being Human,[14] replacing Andrea Riseborough who had played the character in the pilot.[15] In 2011, Crichlow won the TV Actress of the Year Award at the annual Glamour Awards for her work on the show.[16] She continued to play the role of Annie in the programme until deciding to depart following the last episode of the fourth season, which aired in March 2012.[17]

In November 2009, Crichlow played the part of Alice Jackson in Collision, an ITV1 drama which ran over five consecutive nights.[18] From January to February 2010, Crichlow appeared as aspiring fashion designer Ali Redcliffe in the BBC One romantic-comedy series Material Girl.[19] In June 2010, she also played the role of Ashley in a BBC Three pilot, Dappers.[20]

In 2011, Crichlow played the character of Police Sergeant Lily Thomson in the BBC drama Death in Paradise.[21] In 2012, Crichlow appeared in an episode of Inspector George Gently[22] and also played the central role of Shania Andrews, a streetwise 200m runner, in the Olympic themed film Fast Girls.[23] In December 2012, she starred as Laura Stanton in the ITV1 drama Doors Open, an adaptation of the Ian Rankin novel of the same name.[24]

2013–present[edit]

In February 2013, Crichlow starred as Victoria Skillane in episode two of the second series of Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed anthology drama series Black Mirror.[25] The following month, it was announced that she had landed a main cast role in US sitcom Back in the Game for the ABC network, starring alongside James Caan and Maggie Lawson.[26] In July 2013, Crichlow played the role Chen Sam in the well-received film Burton & Taylor for BBC Four. The film also starred Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor and Dominic West as Richard Burton.[27]

Crichlow portrays the character of Mel in the 2014 independent drama film Electricity, appearing opposite Agyness Deyn and Christian Cooke.[28] In February 2014, it was announced that Crichlow had been cast as Stephie in the romantic comedy pilot A to Z for the American television network NBC.[29] The series was given a full season order, but was ultimately cancelled.[30] On 23 November 2014, it was announced that Crichlow had been cast in the upcoming NBC series Mr Robinson in a series regular role. She will portray Victoria Waversinson, a successful former Wall Street trader who left the street to pursue a career as a high school English teacher.[31]

Other work[edit]

In June 2010, Crichlow presented Nelson Mandela: One Incredible Life on BBC Three. For the documentary, Crichlow travelled to South Africa to learn more about Nelson Mandela's story.[32][33] Crichlow played the role of Portia in a performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, for the BBC's educational platform, Bitesize.[34]

Since January 2011, Crichlow has hosted The Tudors on BBC America.[35] Crichlow narrated The Gatwick Baby: Abandoned at Birth, shown on BBC Three on April 13, 2011.[36] In April 2013, Crichlow narrated the audiobook version of Simon Guerrier's Being Human tie-in novel The Road.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Bella and the Boys Stacy Television film
2006 Wilderness Mandy
2007 The Beloved Ones Maureen Short film
2008 Kiss of Death Jude Whiley Television film
2008 The Things I Haven't Told You Miss Baker Television film
2012 Fast Girls Shania Andrews
2012 Doors Open Laura Stanton Television film
2013 Burton & Taylor Chen Sam Television film
2014 Electricity Mel
2014 Narcopolis Leona Completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Bill Shirley Moss 12 episodes
2005 Casualty Linda Surrey/Michelle 2 episodes
2005–06 Sugar Rush Maria "Sugar" Sweet Main role; 20 episodes
2007 Doctor Who Cheen Episode: "Gridlock"
2009–12 Being Human Annie Sawyer Main role; 30 episodes
2009 Collision Alice Jackson Miniseries; 3 episodes
2010 Material Girl Ali Redcliffe Main role; 6 episodes
2010 Nelson Mandela: One Incredible Life Presenter TV documentary; 1 episode
2010 Dappers Ashley Main role; pilot episode: "Proper Job"
2011 Death in Paradise Lily Thomson Episode: "#1.1"
2011 The Gatwick Baby: Abandoned at Birth Narrator TV documentary; 1 episode
2012 Inspector George Gently Carol Morford Episode: "Gently Northern Soul"
2013 Black Mirror Victoria Skillane Main role; episode: "White Bear"
2013 Back in the Game Lulu Lovette (Gigi Fernandez-Lovette) Main role; 12 episodes
2014–15 A to Z Stephie Main role; 13 episodes
2015 Mr. Robinson Victoria Waversinson Main role; upcoming series

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Location
2006 93.2 FM Delisha Royal Court Theatre London
2008 Big White Fog Claudine Almeida Theatre London

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Station Notes
2010 The Architects of History Rachel Cooper BBC Radio 4 Extra 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Glamour Awards TV Actress of the Year Being Human Won
2012 Screen Nation Film & Television Awards Female Performance in Film Fast Girls Nominated
2013 SFX Awards Best Actress Being Human Nominated
Sexiest Female Nominated
2014 Screen Nation Film & Television Awards Female Performance in TV Black Mirror, Back in the Game, Burton & Taylor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Births England and Wales 1984–2006". Find My Past. 
  2. ^ Busby, Margaret (26 September 2010). "Frank Crichlow obituary". London: The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Starlet express: Meet the new wave of British screen queens". Daily Mail. 25 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Warrington, Ruby (30 August 2009). "Lenora Crichlow: Material Girl". London: Times Online. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Material Girl Cast: Lenora Crichlow - Ali Redcliffe". Playback. 
  6. ^ "Bella and the Boys". IMDb. 
  7. ^ "Wilderness (2006) Film Review". Film4. 
  8. ^ a b "Louise Lombard, Lyndsey Marshal and Danny Dyer star in Kiss Of Death – a new crime drama for BBC One". BBC Press Office. 26 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "Sweet Talk". The Telegraph. 4 June 2006. 
  10. ^ "Emmy Awards – Previous Winners". International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 
  11. ^ "Doctor Who - Gridlock". BBC One. 
  12. ^ "Audio Drama Review - Doctor Who The Architects of History". Sci-fi Online. 31 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Being Human cast announced: who’s in, who’s out?". The Stage. 4 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Being Human – Lenora Crichlow plays Annie". BBC Press Office. 23 December 2008. 
  15. ^ "How Being Human bit back to become BBC3's biggest hit". The Guardian. 9 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Naomie Harris, Jessica Ennis and Lenora Crichlow Win Big at the 2011 Glamour Women of the Year Awards". Coco and Creme. 8 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Lenora Crichlow: I was too human for Being Human!". What's on TV. 30 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Programmes: Collision". ITV Press Centre. 26 October 2009. 
  19. ^ "Some substance, but no style: BBC's new low-budget fashion drama Material Girl fails to live up to Ugly Betty". Mail Online. 15 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "Programmes: Dappers". BBC Three. 
  21. ^ "Lenora Crichlow: 'A month in Guadeloupe? It wasn't easy'". 23 October 2011. 
  22. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (26 March 2012). "'Inspector George Gently' returning to BBC One with four new films". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  23. ^ Reynolds, Simon (3 April 2012). "Noel Clarke, Lenora Crichlow in Olympics-themed 'Fast Girls' trailer". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  24. ^ Sperling, Daniel (24 December 2012). "Lenora Crichlow: 'Doors Open is Oceans 11 meets Full Monty'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Lenora Crichlow in Black Mirror: White Bear". Radio Times. 18 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "Being Human star Lenora Crichlow lands US sitcom role". Metro. 6 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West in 'Burton and Taylor' pictures". Digital Spy. 16 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Electricity (2014)". IMDb. 
  29. ^ "TV Casting News: Lenora Crichlow, Mykelti Williamson, Quincy Jones, Tymberlee Hill Book Roles". Indiewire. 26 February 2014. 
  30. ^ "Ben Feldman Gets Male Lead In NBC Pilot 'A to Z', Lenora Crichlow Also Cast". Deadline. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  31. ^ "Lenora Crichlow & Spencer Grammer Join 'Mr. Robinson' On NBC". Deadline. 23 November 2014. 
  32. ^ "Lenora Crichlow discovers the real Nelson Mandela". BBC Three. 8 June 2010. 
  33. ^ "TV review: Who Is Nelson Mandela? Nixon In The Den". The Scotsman. 10 June 2010. 
  34. ^ "The Merchant of Venice: the character of Portia". BBC. 
  35. ^ Wilson, Mackensie (16 December 2010). "'Being Human' Star Lenora Crichlow to Host BBCA 'Tudors' Episodes". BBC America. 
  36. ^ "Programmes: The Gatwick Baby: Abandoned at Birth". BBC. 
  37. ^ "Being Human: The Road". Amazon. 

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