British born actress Lenora Crichlow has been acting for more than ten years now. Making acting debuts in film and television simultaneously in 2004 with the TV movie Bella and the Boys and the series The Bill, Lenora has risen up in the industry over the past few years to become one of the most admired Black actresses in Britain. Allegedly, she has been named the first actress of color to be cast as a lead to appear in a major British movie. Born on January 4, 1985, the actress rose to prominence with critical roles in Sugar Rush, Being Human, Fast Girls and appeared in the International Emmy Award winning Black Mirror in 2013.
Her late father, Frank Crichlow, who was a respected local hero and activist born in Trinidad, was a major model figure in her life. The Harlesden, London local has looked up to her father all her life and speaks highly of his legacies which include running The Mangrove in Notting Hill which served to people like Jimi Hendrix. Lenora has been trained in acting since she was 12. She joined the Young Blood Theatre Company which led her to pursue a bachelor’s education at the University of Sussex. She was brought up in Harlesden with three other siblings.
In 2004, Lenora made her television debut with the crime drama series The Bill on ITV. She had a nominal role in the Billie Piper and Tom Burke starring Bella and the Boys the same year. Her feature film debut was made in 2006 with the horror movie Wilderness. A long due breakthrough role came her way in 2006 with the award winning adaptation of Julie Burchill’s Sugar Rush on Channel 4. She starred in an episode of Doctor Who in 2007 which paved way for her following roles in 2008’s Kiss of Death and the supernatural drama Being Human on BBC Three on which she portrayed a ghost sharing residence with other supernatural creatures, Annie Sawyer. She went on to win the TV Actress of the Year award at the Glamour Awards in 2011 and received two nominations for the series at the SFX Awards in 2013. She was seen next in Collision, Material Girl, Dappers and Death in Paradise. Her role in the 2011 Fast Girls was critically acclaimed. She grabbed attention with her casting in Black Mirror in 2013. She appeared as the lead character for the second episode of the second season which was worthy of a Screen Nation Film & Television Award nomination in 2014. She made her US debut with James Caan starring Back in the Game on ABC. That year she appeared alongside Helena Bonham Carter on BBC Four’s Burton & Taylor. Her second role in an American series was seen in the romantic comedy series A to Z in 2014 which was later cancelled. In late 2014, it was confirmed that Lenora would be starring in her second American sitcom in 2015. She will appear in Mr. Robinson on NBC with the likes of Craig Robinson and Peri Gilpin as Victoria Waversinson.
Besides acting, Lenora has appeared on television on BBC Three as a presenter of the documentary Nelson Mandela: One Incredible Life in 2010. In 2011, she was a host for The Tudors appearing on BBC America and has also lent her voice to Simon Guerrier’s audiobook for The Road.
Lenora Crichlow is an emerging actress in British as well as American film industry. A prolific actress in British television, she has also worked on-stage at the Royal Court Theatre and Almeida Theatre in London. Her most recent British films are Electricity and Narcopolis both of which were released in 2014.