Lashana Lynch (Lashana Rasheda Lynch), a Jamaican descent, British actress, was born 27 November 1987 in London, UK. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed. Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later co-starred in the BBC television film The 7.39.
On television, she also has appeared in Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, and was regular cast member on the short-lived BBC comedy Crims in 2015. In 2016, Lynch was cast as leading character, Rosaline, in the American period drama series Still Star-Crossed produced by Shonda Rhimes. Lynch is of Jamaican descent.
Interestingly, Lashana Lynch initially wanted to pursue a career in singing and had enrolled in a music course at ‘The Sylvia Young Theatre School.’ A teacher there had convinced her to take up an acting course, too, because singing and acting go hand-in-hand.
She also thought that acting would do better justice to her talent. She wrote a play about a young poet falling in love with a boy, titled ‘Cross Words,’ which witnessed her attempt at shattering stereotypes. The play has been staged in London.
Lashana Lynch began her career in the London theater scene. She often portrayed unconventional roles, such as ‘Tybalt’ in ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ which is a male character, or ‘Rita’ in ‘Educating Rita.’ She made her TV debut with an episode of the series ‘The Bill’ in 2007. Five years later, she made her film debut in the role of ‘Belle Newman’ in the drama movie ‘Fast Girls.’
In the following years, she continued to appear in British films such as ‘Powder Room’ and ‘Brotherhood’ and TV series such as ‘Silent Witness,’ ‘Atlantis,’ ‘Death in Paradise,’ ‘Crims,’ and ‘Doctors.’ She also had a supporting role in the TV movie ‘The 7.39.’ She entered the American film industry in 2017, when she was cast as ‘Rosaline Capulet,’ the female lead, in the series ‘Still Star-Crossed.’ While the series was short-lived, she was praised for her role and gained popularity with the American audience.
Her career reached new heights in 2019, when she appeared as fighter pilot ‘Maria Rambeau,’ a single mother and the best friend of protagonist ‘Carol Danvers,’ in the superhero movie ‘Captain Marvel.’ Her warm, witty, and daring character was specifically developed for the film.
It allowed her to pay homage to her own single mother. However, this was just the beginning of her flourishing career, as she has now been cast as a “Bond girl,” alongside Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, and Naomie Harris, in the upcoming installment of the ‘James Bond’ series, tentatively titled ‘Bond 25.’ She will also portray the main role of ‘Agent 355’ in the upcoming TV series ‘Y,’ based on the comic-book series ‘Y: The Last Man,’ written by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
While Lashana Lynch is currently known for her portrayal of fighter pilot ‘Maria Rambeau,’ friend of ‘Carol Danvers,’ she was not the first choice to play the character in the blockbuster movie ‘Captain Marvel.’ DeWanda Wise, known for her role of ‘Nola Darling’ in the ‘Netflix’ series ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ was originally cast as ‘Maria Rambeau.’
However, she revealed in March 2018 that she would not be able to take up the assignment due to schedule conflicts with the second season of ‘She’s Gotta Have It.’ Around the same time, it was revealed that Lynch was in talks with the studio to replace Wise.
Lashana Rasheda was raised by a single mother. She earned her bachelor’s degree in acting from the ‘Arts Educational Schools’ (‘ArtsEd’), London, in 2010. In 2009, during her second year at ‘ArtsEd,’ she received the ‘Laurence Olivier Bursary’ from the ‘Society of London Theatre.’
- Lashana Rasheda Lynch Biography and Profile