Lashana Lynch stars in “Matilda: The Musical,” playing the gentle and kind Miss Honey. The actor has been a star for quite a while – she was even crowned 2022’s rising star at the 75th annual BAFTA Film Awards on March 13. Despite the fact that the actor’s been in the industry for a number of years, it appears that Lynch has only just begun getting her flowers, and it’s about time.
While accepting her award at the BAFTAs, Lynch shared a heartfelt speech with a tribute to her Jamaican heritage. “Thank you to everyone involved in my career. I have very supportive parents, whose parents came from Jamaica in the Windrush generation, and I have them to thank for my existence,” Lynch began. “I’m grateful for a working-class foundation that has taught me everything I needed to know about failure, about no’s and about what no’s mean, and about your yesses. And now, I get to celebrate a yes I never expected.” She added that “I’d like to thank the women of this country who taught me what it is to be in this industry as a dark-skin woman. I thank you for laying the foundation for people like me.”
Known for her role as Rosaline Capulet in ABC’s “Still Star-Crossed” in 2017, the actor went on to play fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in “Captain Marvel” the following year. Lynch also starred as MI6 agent Nomi in James Bond’s “No Time to Die” and is due to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for “The Marvels,” set for release in 2023. Meanwhile, “Matilda: The Musical” premieres on Netflix on Dec. 25. Until then, read on to find out everything there is to know about Lynch.