Our Top 5 Films To Watch To Celebrate Cynthia Ervio’s Birthday

Do you know what Broadway musical she once co-starred in?

Cynthia Erivo turns 36 today, Sunday, Jan. 8, and the acclaimed actress has a range of films under her belt that have scored her two Oscar and two Golden Globe nominations. Her additional accolades include a Daytime Emmy award, a Grammy award, and a Tony. has put together a list of five of our top films and shows that you should watch today to celebrate Erivo's birthday!

  • Harriet (2019)

    Cynthia Erivo stars as abolitionist Harriet Tubman in this film as it follows her escape from slavery as she transforms into a historical figure.

    Also stars: Leslie Odom Jr and Janelle Monáe

  • Genius: Aretha Franklin (2018)

    In this anthology series, Erivo transforms into the late "Queen of Soul." Genius: Aretha tells the story of the talented singer's career success as well as her long-lasting impact as a civil rights activist. 

    Also stars: Courtney B. Vance, Patrice Covington, and Malcolm Barrett. 

  • The Color Purple Broadway Musical (2015)

    Erivo made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple and her performance as Celie earned a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. 

    Also stars: Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks, and Isaiah Johnson.

  • Widows (2018)

    This thriller directed by Steve McQueen follows four women who only have one thing in common, their dead husbands' criminal activities that they now have to take into their own hands! Erivo plays Belle.

    Also stars: Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki

  • The Outsider (2020)

    In this HBO thriller series, Erivo plays a private investigator with eerie abilities to help a local police detective with the gruesome murder of a young boy in a small town. 

    Also stars: Jason Bateman, Ben Mendelsohn and Marc Menchaca.

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