In celebration of Black History Month, this episode of the Super Humans podcast has Rambert dancer Liam Francis chat to actor Leah Harvey about influential idols, handstands backstage and what they’ve both learnt from their grandparents who arrived in Britain as part of the Windrush generation.
One to keep your eye on, Leah began her career at the age of 14 when she appeared in the BBC film adaption of Jacqueline Wilson’s book Dustbin Baby. She has since gone on to appear in the film Fighting with My Family, the BBC series Les Misérables, Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcom at Shakespeare’s Globe and the soon to be released Apple TV+ series Foundation.
Her breakout role in the National Theatre’s adaption of Small Island by Andrea Levy in 2019 was, as she describes, an overwhelming experience and one ‘that changed her life massively’. Telling the story of post-war Caribbean migration, Leah played the role of Hortense, a character who leaves Jamaica on the HMT Empire Windrush to start a new life in London.
Liam Francis by Camilla Greenwell