Judge 2021-22


Adjoa Andoh


 Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa is an actor, writer, director and producer.


Adjoa can be seen playing Lady Danbury in Shondaland / Netflix’s Bridgerton (for which she won 2021 Black Reels Outstanding Supporting Actress (Drama) and was nominated for a 2021 NAACP Award for best supporting actress), and will soon appear as Nenneke in series two of The Witcher, also for Netflix.


Acting film & TV credits include Brighton (CK Films), Fractured (Netflix), Silent Witness (BBC), Acceptable Risk (RTE), Adulthood and Brotherhood (Cipher Films), Cucumber (Channel 4), Law & Order: UK (ITV), Clint Eastwood’s Invictus (Warner Bros), and series’ regular roles in Doctor Who (BBC) and Casualty (BBC).


As a Producer, Adjoa is currently working an adaptation of Island Queen for Network TV with Julie Anne Robinson, the Executive Producer of Bridgerton.


In 2019 Adjoa conceived, co-directed, and played Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe; it was the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage. The film version of Richard II, from her production company Swinging the Lens, is available on YouTube.


Further theatre highlights include: playing Ulysses in Greg Doran’s Troilus and Cressida at the RSC, Miss Haversham in Neil Bartlett’s Great Expectations at Bristol Old Vic, Casca in Julius CaesarCondoleeza Rice in Stuff Happens and Serafina Pekkala in His Dark Materials directed by Nicholas Hytner at The National Theatre.


Adjoa is a Senior Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre, Associate Artist at RSC and a visiting director and teacher at RADA and Rose Bruford, where she is also an honorary fellow. This Autumn, she will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The British Shakespeare Association.


She is the new voice of Channel 4’s Chateau DIY, is an award-winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks and for over three decades has been a BBC radio actor, writer and presenter.


Adjoa sits on the judging panel for the Royal Society of Literature 2021 Literature Matters Awards, The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, Carlton Hobbs Award and Norman Beaton Fellowship, and is a co-founder of the Future Worlds Prize for sci-fi writers of colour. She is also a Fairtrade Ambassador.