Maisie Richardson-Sellers

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Maisie Richardson-Sellers
Born
London, England
EducationHertford College, University of Oxford (2013)
OccupationActress
Years active2011–present

Maisie Richardson-Sellers is a British actress. She is known for her recurring role as Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, as well as her starring roles as King Saul of Israel's daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets and as Amaya Jiwe / Vixen and Charlie on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life[edit]

Sellers has self-described herself as "born and raised in London, to a black Guyanese mother and a white English father".[1] The daughter of Joy Richardson,[2] Richardson-Sellers comes from a family of stage actors.[3] She grew up attending private schools through bursaries and scholarships.[4] In 2013, Richardson-Sellers graduated, with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, from Hertford College, University of Oxford,[5] where she participated in and directed several plays, including Mephisto, Chatroom, and There Will Be Red.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After graduating university, Richardson-Sellers started auditioning and landed her first role in Star Wars sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens,[6][7] in the cameo role of Korr Sella.[8]

After wrapping filming for her The Force Awakens role, Richardson-Sellers booked her second role as Rebekah Mikaelson in the CW series The Originals in 2014, where the character of Rebekah inhabits a different body after a spell gone wrong.[9] She later played the character of Eva Sinclair on The Originals.[10] Executive Producer Michael Narducci described her performance as having "an incredibly strong sparkle" and "there's a great beauty – not only with physical beauty but there's a great inner beauty – that comes up in her performance. There's also just this incredible strength."[11]

In early March 2015, it was announced that Richardson-Sellers would play a starring role in Of Kings and Prophets, a short-lived ABC drama series that was filmed in South Africa.[12] In June 2016, it was reported that Richardson-Sellers would be playing Amaya Jiwe / Vixen on the second season of the CW series Legends of Tomorrow, who is the grandmother of the titular character in the CW Seed animated series Vixen.[13] Her mother guest starred as a distant ancestor of Jiwe on two episodes, "Zari" and "No Country for Old Dads".[2] After two seasons, Richardson-Sellers was cast in the new role of shapeshifter Charlie.[14][15] Richardson-Sellers exited Legends of Tomorrow in 2020 at the end of the series' fifth season.[16]

In 2018, Richardson-Sellers appeared in the short film Melody, directed by Bernard Kordieh.[17] In May 2019, it was announced Richardson-Sellers would star in The Kissing Booth 2 as Chloe, directed by Vince Marcello for Netflix.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Richardson-Sellers openly identifies as queer.[19] She is in a relationship with American singer Clay.[20]

In 2017, along with her Arrowverse co-stars, Richardson-Sellers co-founded Shethority ("She + Authority"), an online global collective described as "a positive place for women and the feminine to inspire, empower, and share."[21] Active members of the initiative include Melissa Benoist, Nicole Maines, Chyler Leigh, Caity Lotz, Tala Ashe, Emily Bett Rickards, Juliana Harkavy, Katie Cassidy, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker. Through social media, women share their own stories and experiences on dealing with self-acceptance, homophobia, sexual harassment at the workplace.

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Our First World N/A Short film
2013 Americano and Rum Ellie Short film
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Korr Sella Cameo[8]
2018 Melody Melody Short film
2020 The Kissing Booth 2 Chloe Winthrop
2021 The Kissing Booth 3 Chloe Winthrop
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014–2015, 2017 The Originals Rebekah Mikaelson / Eva Sinclair Recurring role, 15 episodes
2016 Of Kings and Prophets Michal Main role, 9 episodes
2016–2020 Legends of Tomorrow Amaya Jiwe / Vixen Main role (season 2–3)
Charlie / Clotho Main role (season 4–5)
2020 Group Chat with Annie & Jayden Herself Episode: "Would You Rather Kiss"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson-Sellers, Maisie (24 July 2020). "Actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers Pens a Powerful Personal Essay: "We all deserve to see ourselves represented, to know that our stories are valued, and that there are no limits on our dreams."". Pulse Spikes. Archived from the original on 8 August 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "'Legends of Tomorrow': Maisie Richardson-Sellers Real-Life Mom to Play Mysterious Woman From Vixen's Past". TV Insider. 3 August 2017. Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ Kuznietsova, Olga (5 June 2018). "Glass meets actor Maisie Richardson-Sellers – The Glass Magazine". Glass Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 August 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ Bourdillon, Roxy (31 July 2020). "MAISIE RICHARDSON-SELLERS: "Intersectional feminism is the only feminism"". Diva. Archived from the original on 8 August 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Hertford College Magazine" (PDF).
  6. ^ Daniel Barna (16 December 2014). "Star Wars' Maisie Richardson-Sellers Knows How To Keep A Secret". refinery29.com. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  7. ^ Alice Vincent (22 December 2014). "Maisie Richardson-Sellers confirms Star Wars The Force Awakens role". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b Hugh Armitage (15 April 2016). "Star Wars: The Force Awakens deleted scenes: 6 things we learned". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  9. ^ Marisa Roffman (8 December 2014). "'The Originals' Boss on the Fallout From the Rebekah Twist". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  10. ^ Andy Swift (16 March 2015). "The Originals' New Rebekah Talks Meeting Claire Holt, Future With Marcel". TVLine. Archived from the original on 16 May 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  11. ^ Edward Vkanty (16 March 2015). "'The Originals' Brings in a New Rebekah in More Ways Than One". Inquisitr. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  12. ^ Nellie Andreeva (6 March 2015). "Richardson-Sellers Joins 'Of Kings and Prophets'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  13. ^ Lesley Goldberg (23 June 2016). "'Legends of Tomorrow' Finds New Vixen in 'Star Wars' Actress". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  14. ^ Agard, Chancellor (2 November 2018). "'Legends of Tomorrow' stars say Maisie Richardson-Sellers' new role 'messes everybody up'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 26 February 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Legends of Tomorrow Casts Maisie Richardson-Sellers in Surprising New Role". Comic Book Resources. 22 July 2018. Archived from the original on 27 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  16. ^ Vlada Gelman (2 June 2020). "Legends of Tomorrow: [Spoiler] Not Returning for Season 6". TVLine. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  17. ^ "British Filmmaker Bernard Kordieh Presents Short film 'Melody' Premiering at the Hollyshorts Film Festival August 2018". The British Blacklist. 9 August 2018. Archived from the original on 30 September 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  18. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (30 May 2019). "Netflix's 'The Kissing Booth 2' Sets Maisie Richardson-Sellers & Taylor Perez In Key Roles". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Maisie Richardson-Sellers". Gay time magazine. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Let's Discuss How Cute Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Her Girlfriend Clay Are, Shall We?". Pop Sugar. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  21. ^ "Shethority Twitter Page". candicepatton.com. October 2017. Archived from the original on 28 February 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2018.

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