Magazine article Screen International

Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Naomi Ackie (Actor)

Magazine article Screen International

Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Naomi Ackie (Actor)

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Naomi Ackie

Naomi Ackie delights in being an intellectual. Her quietly stunning role as Anna, maid to Florence Pugh’s Katherine in William Oldroyd’s stripped back 2016 period drama Lady Macbeth, played perfectly to her intelligence.

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“The film opened up a lot of discussion about feminism, women of colour, and about the presence of people of colour in the 19th century and beyond,” she says. “It was really nice to have done the piece, to have a break and then be able to share my thoughts and opinions about it to a wider audience and have that heard. That’s part and parcel of being able to be a responsible actor.”

Ackie, who describes herself as a “normal working-class girl” from east London, trained at the city’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and focused on children’s theatre until Lady Macbeth transformed her career. …

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