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Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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    (April 26, 1967- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Appeared in the films 'Secrets & Lies' (1996), 'A Murder of Crows' (1998), '28 Days' (2000), 'The Cell' (2000), 'Spy Games' (2007), 'Takers' (2010), 'Won't Back Down' (2012), 'Robocop' (2014), and 'Peter Rabbit' (2018)
    Portrayed Vivian Johnson in Without a Trace (2002-09), Bethany Mayfair in 'Blindspot' (2015-17), Joy Lockhart in 'Training Day' (2017), Annette in 'Souondtrack' (2019), and Elizabeth Wright in 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' (2020- )
    She accused the British film industry of racism after being omitted from a group of actors and actresses sent by the British Screen Advisory Council to Cannes to celebrate the Film Festival's 50th anniversary (1997).
    'The Guardian' wrote that she 'morphed from the brilliant young black actress to the chippy black actress that nobody wanted to cast.'
    The 'Times' of London described her as 'a striking presence, now, in the 'Whatever happened to...' columns.' (2000)
    She about being asked her views on diversity in the film industry, 'I’m really tired of it because I can read an interview with any number of white actors and actresses and they speak about process and about the script and about their castmates and about the journey, but every time you read an interview with a black actor it’s the same stuff they get asked over and over again.'
    Her father came from St. Lucia and her mother came from Antigua.
    She was the first black British actress nominated for an Oscar (for best supporting actress for 'Secrets & Lies').
    She composed the music for Mike Leigh's 'Career Girls' (1997).
    She developed a successful TV career after leaving Britain for Hollywood.
    She said 'I realised really early on that what people say or do doesn't define me.... I enjoy my life too much, I think, to have made my career my life.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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