Sir Lenny Henry brought the story of his mother’s stories of immigration into Great Britain that showcased the life of a woman in the 1950s in Three Little Birds. With actress Rochelle Neil’s performance as Leah, she captures the moments of happiness and struggle that remind us of the life that Sir Lenny Henry’s mother went through.
The touching drama series stars Neil with Saffron Coomber (Steve McQueen’s Small Axe) as Chantrelle, and Yazmin Belo making her on-screen debut as Hosanna.
Here is the official synopsis:
Three Little Birds narrates the adventures of gregarious sisters Leah and Chantrelle, who hail from the St. Anne’s district of Jamaica, and their virtuous, bible-loving acquaintance Hosanna, as they board a ship heading for a new life in Great Britain. Written by Sir Lenny Henry, this life-affirming six-part drama is inspired by Henry’s mother’s stories of leaving Jamaica in the 1950’s for Great Britain, which became her lifelong home and where she raised her family.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted on the series with writer/executive producer Sir Lenny Henry and actress Rochelle Neil. We talked about the origination of the story, the 1950s life and racism, and capturing the Jamaican accent.
Sir Lenny Henry was a stand-up comedian and impressionist through the late 1970s and early 1980s that culminated in The Lenny Henry Show in 1984. He appeared in many entertainment shows, including Tiswas, Chef!, and The Magicians for BBC One. In 1985, he co-founded the charity Comic Relief with Richard Curtis. Currently, he appears in the Prime fantasy series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Rochelle Neil is most known for her role as Annie Carbey in The Nevers series. In the past few years, she also played Yvonne in the Guilt television series and Cassandra Lloyd in the Das Boot series. She had roles in the films Terminator: Dark Fate and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Three Little Birds is currently streaming on BritBox today.
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