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Cynthia Erivo Is Going to Star in a Movie About Princess ‘Gifted’ to Queen Victoria

Cynthia Erivo is taking on a big new role.

The 33-year-old Harriet actress is set to star in and produce a film based on the life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th century African princess who was “gifted” to Queen Victoria after she being orphaned and enslaved by a West African king, Deadline reported.

Here are more details: “Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, she was ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The Queen’s patronship was a thorny rose that put Sarah at the centre of British aristocracy but did not shield her from public scrutiny, personal suffering or the dangers of a capricious court that was fundamentally suspicious of her as a strong, educated Black woman.”

According to the report, the biopic is meant to be a celebration of Sarah Forbes Bonetta as a

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Cynthia Erivo Stars in African Princess Historical Film

Oscar-nominated actor, singer and songwriter Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) will star in and produce a film based on the life of 19th century African princess Sarah Forbes Bonetta.

Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, was orphaned and enslaved by a West African king, then was “gifted” to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The Queen’s patronage put the princess at the center of British aristocracy but did not shield her from public scrutiny, personal suffering, or the dangers of a court which was fundamentally suspicious of her as a strong, educated Black woman.

Erivo will produce the film via her production company Edith’s Daughter with Solome Williams, SunnyMarch’s Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland, and Rienkje Attoh from So & So Productions. Benedict Cumberbatch will executive produce.

Development is financed by BBC Film, and Walter Dean Myers’ biography “At Her Majesty’s Request” has

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‘Harriet’ Actress Cynthia Erivo To Star In & Produce Story Of Princess ‘Gifted’ To Queen Victoria; BBC Film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch & So So Producing

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EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar-nominee Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) is to star in and produce a film based on the remarkable life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th Century African princess ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria after she was orphaned and enslaved by a west African king.

Erivo produces with her Edith’s Daughter partner Solome Williams, alongside SunnyMarch’s Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland, and Rienkje Attoh from So & So Productions. Benedict Cumberbatch will executive-produce.

Development is financed by BBC Film [which underwent a re-brand earlier this year and is now singular rather than Films]. Walter Dean Myers’ biography At Her Majesty’s Request has been optioned as source material.

Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, Aina was ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England, and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The Queen’s patronship was a thorny rose that put

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Kristen Stewart on Preparing to Play Princess Diana in Spencer

Kristen Stewart is currently preparing to play Princess Diana in the forthcoming movie Spencer, and it’s already clear that the Happiest Season star is taking her new role very seriously.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Stewart opened up about taking on the iconic role. Discussing the royal, the actress said, “It’s hard not to feel protective over her. She was so young … everyone’s perspective is different, and there’s no way to get everything right … what is fact in relation to personal experience.”

When Kimmel described Diana as “one of the most beloved figures in the history of the world,” Stewart replied, “I feel sort of the same way about her. It happened really quickly. I didn’t grow up with her maybe in the same way. I was really young when she passed away.”

As for what the new movie will cover, Stewart told Kimmel,

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The Real Story Behind Princess Diana Dancing Onstage to Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl in ‘The Crown’



a man wearing a suit and tie: Yes, Prince Charles was apparently just as mortified in real life


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Yes, Prince Charles was apparently just as mortified in real life

Not since Mad Men’s Megan purred “Zou Bisous Bisous” down a microphone to Don Draper has a man looked more uncomfortable with a performance than The Crown’s Prince Charles; dying in the box at the Royal Opera House.

In a testament to Josh O’Connor’s acting, in episode nine of the new series he manages to portray a man who’s outwardly appearance is that of, “Well, isn’t this jolly?’, while his internal organs are collapsing due to the horror of what he’s witnessing.

Charles’s wife, Diana, is dancing on stage. But this is no Nutcracker. Not only is she dancing on stage, she’s frolicking around to Uptown Girl, a pop banger by Billy Joel, with the diminutive ballet lead, Wayne Sleep.



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The audience in the venue love it, of course.

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Kristen Stewart Says She’s ‘Protective’ of Princess Diana As She Prepares for New Movie ‘Spencer’

Kristen Stewart is gearing up to play Princess Diana!

The 30-year-old actress recently chatted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about playing the late royal in the upcoming biopic Spencer.

“I didn’t grow up with her maybe in the same way, I was really young when she passed away,” Kristen shared, before admitting she feels “protective” of Diana. “I feel sort of the same way about her. It happened really quickly.”

Spencer will be centered around Diana realizing her marriage to Prince Charles is coming to an end during her final Christmas holiday weekend with the Royal Family at their Sandringham estate.

Kristen was only 7-years-old when Diana was killed in a tragic car accident in Paris, and said that all she could recall from the tragedy were “the flowers” laid in front of Buckingham Palace in her honor.

“I was really young, [I] didn’t know what was going

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Princess Diana’s brother responds to her portrayal on ‘The Crown’

The brother of the late Princess Diana is speaking out about her portrayal in Netflix’s drama “The Crown.”

Earl Charles Spencer, 56, revealed on “Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh,” set to air Sunday, Nov. 22, that he feels uneasy about the fourth season of the series, which follows a fictionalized version of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage.

“Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh,” airs Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, on ITV.“Love Your Weekend with Alan Tit

“‘The Crown’ asked if they could film at Althorp and I said obviously not,” he explained, referring to the family’s ancestral home in Northamptonshire, England. “The worry for me is that people see a program like that and they forget that it is fiction. They assume, especially foreigners, I find Americans tell me they have watched ‘The Crown’ as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven’t.”

Spencer continued, explaining,

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Allowed Pregnant Princess Eugenie to Live in their U.K. Home

UPDATE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are letting Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank stay at Frogmore Cottage, but according to The Telegraph, Meghan and Harry will continue to retain financial responsibility for the estate. Moreover, the outlet reports they plan to stay there with Princess Eugenie’s family when they travel to the U.K.

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Michael J. Fox Remembers Being “One Fake Yawn and Outstretched Arm” Away From Being on a Date with Princess Diana

Michael J. Fox had a close brush with the royal family at the 1985 world premiere of his film Back To The Future. A rare encounter that was almost ruined by the actor’s bladder.

During an interview on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Fox recalled being dumbstruck to meet Princess Diana and her then-husband Prince Charles at the screening. “She was sitting next to me and she sits down and I looked at her and realized I’m one fake yawn and outstretched arm from being on a date with her,” the actor said. The moment was almost immediately ruined, however, as he realized as soon as the movie began that, “all of a sudden I had to go pee. So then I’m sitting there, I’m dying. I can’t say anything to her and I can’t walk away from her cause I can’t turn my back on her. So

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Watch: Michael J. Fox recalls watching ‘Back to the Future’ with Princess Diana

Nov. 19 (UPI) — Michael J. Fox says watching Back to the Future with Princess Diana ended up being an agonizing experience.

The 59-year-old actor confirmed on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon that he was seated next to Diana at the Back to the Future London premiere.

Fox played Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. On The Tonight Show, Fox explained why watching the movie with Diana turned into a “nightmare.”

“She was sitting next to me. The lights go down and the movie starts and I realize I’m one fake yawn and arm stretch away from being on a date with the Princess of Wales,” Fox joked.

“But then what happened is the movie started and all the sudden I had to go pee. For the rest of the movie, I’m sitting there dying,” he recalled.

“I can’t say

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