UK TV COMES KNOCKING: MARIANNE JEAN-BAPTISTE TO JOIN ITV DRAMA ‘BROADCHURCH’

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Oscar nominated actress and Golden Globe winner Marianne Jean-Baptiste is joining the second series of the hit ITV 1 drama Broadchurch.

The British actress received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role in the Mike Leigh film Secrets and Lies and later went on to star in the hit US drama Without a Trace.

She also played Doreen Lawrence in The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and will appear in this year’s remake of the film RoboCop.

Broadchurch writer and creator Chris Chibnall has written a role especially for Jean-Baptiste.

Chibnall said:

“We’re over the moon to have wooed Marianne back from Los Angeles to join us in Broadchurch.  Marianne is one of Britain’s finest actresses, so it’s an honour and a coup for us. It’s a role written specifically for her and I would’ve wept for months if she’d turned us down. Luckily she didn’t and her character is going to make an indelible impact on the world of Broadchurch.”

I remember when Marianne was nominated for an Oscar for Secrets and Lies. On the run up to the ceremony Britain’s mainstream media outlets ignored this woman. They had absolutely no interest in covering this major achievement in her career. But it was an entirely different story when ‘English rose’ Kate Winslet received Oscar nomination after Oscar nomination. The reaction could not have been more different. Everywhere you looked there was Winslet’s mug staring back at you and the vomit inducing fawning over her was intense and ridiculous.

Yes… I have a long memory mainstream media.

Marianne was one of the first to see that her career was going nowhere fast in this country (even after the Oscar nomination) so she packed up, left these shores and later went on to enjoy a successful acting career in America.

Now fast forward to 2014 and Marianne has the writer/creator of one of Britain’s most successful TV drama’s wooing her with a role specifically written for her.

Idris Elba found himself in the same situation. Left London, became a huge star in America, then years later the BBC happily gave Luther the green light.

I can’t help but chuckle.

Anyway congratulations Marianne.

1 reply »

  1. Congrats to her,she’s such an underrated actress. Although she did work in the US , her storyline in Without a trace was never that. She was very much the token Black character.
    I am looking forward to see her in Broadchurch, I wonder which kind of storyline they have written for her.

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