Angela Griffin was in the studio a week ago and now joins a growing list of sitters we have been honoured to meet and photograph for the Mixed Project. Angela has worked extensively in television acting in well-loved British soaps including Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Holby City. At the age of 14, she was spotted by a talent scout who visited her school. Angela appeared on our television screens for the first time in Under the Bedclothes. In 2008 she made her film debut with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in Last Chance Harvey. She recently had her own day-time talk show Angela and Friends on Sky1.
Angela came along to the studio with her husband and their 2 young daughters. After the portraits Rhoda talked with Angela about her identity, background and her upbringing in Leeds. Angela’s view of her identity centred around being a Northerner first and formost.
In 2001, as part of the Channel 4 programme, Brown Britain, Angela got the chance to interview her mother. Angela also interviewed well-known people of mixed race such as fashion designer Bruce Oldfield and Hanif Kureshi.
I look forward to sharing more of Angela’s testimony and photos as the project progresses.