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Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh wants to give young black people a sense of belonging

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Actress Adjoa Andoh, who starred in Casualty for 10 years, said she felt emotional when she received images of young black girls dressed as regents inspired by the Netflix show.

Bridgerton's second series released on Friday
Bridgerton’s second series released on Friday

Bridgerton’s outspoken Lady Danbury was the queen’s confidant and was used to command respect. But that didn’t always happen with Adjoa Andoh, the much-vaunted actress who plays her.

She grew up in a farming community in Gloucestershire, was the only black girl to live miles around and also had a strong Yorkshire accent. That means she often feels alone.

Now proudly part of Bridgerton’s diverse family, 59-year-old Adjoa says: “I can’t tell you how emotional I felt when I saw little black girls posting pictures of themselves in the car. Regency dress, dress like a princess. ”

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Bridgerton was the most watched Netflix original till Squid Game
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Speaking to the Sunday Mirror shortly before the second season of the hit Netflix series premieres on Friday, she said: “I get pictures from little girls AND boys dressed up as Lady Danbury. I think it’s very cute.

“You just go, oh these kids are going to grow up feeling like they have a place – not like they’re being tolerated.

“It was very moving because I grew up in the 1960s at an English counter in Gloucestershire.”

She had moved there from Leeds and as the daughter of an English mother and Ghanian father, she felt ostracized.







Adjoa notices similarities between Lady Danbury and her mother
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Some in her family have Romany’s legacy, and she says: “Sometimes I feel as though I didn’t get to see it with my own eyes, even though it also means I’ve become more resilient.

“In a small farming village in the West Country, being a mixed race with a strong Leeds accent meant I was a different kind of gravy.

“There is a level of familiarity and people are getting to know us. Having a strong Yorkshire accent is also part of my racing.

“Some people have said, ‘We can’t have that colored girl here – what will the neighbors think!’

“But, similarly, there are other homes where I have been greeted with great enthusiasm.”

Adjoa has starred in Casualty for 10 years, Silent Witness, and the 2009 film Invictus, and has had the acting career her mother dreamed of.

She won a place at drama school in the 60s but never moved on, instead becoming a choreographer and a history teacher. Adjoa noticed similarities between Lady Danbury and her mother.






Adjoa said she often felt lonely when she was young






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She said: “Lady Danbury was a mother to me a lot. My mother had a swagger to die for.

“She likes a nice dress and she loves wearing a hat. “I keep getting texts from people saying, ‘You remind me of my mom, you remind me of my aunt or sister. I wish I had someone like you around to give me advice. ‘

“Others have told me, I wish I had Lady Danbury to party with – when you see her drinking, gambling and having a bad habit.”

In the second season of the period drama series, Lady Danbury is set in the Sharma family from India – sisters Kate, played by Simone Ashley, Edwina, Charithra Chandran, and their mother Lady Mary, Shelley Conn role play.






Adjoa Andoh in her twenties

Both sisters end up falling for the charms of Troubled Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey.

The sexual tension between Kate and Anthony as they realize their feelings is evident.

Lady Danbury knows that some tough decisions need to be made, with potentially life-changing consequences for all involved.

Bridgerton’s first season, due out in 2020, was the most watched Netflix original series until it was toppled from the top spot by sci-fi survival drama Squid Game last year.

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