Who is Adjoa Andoh? The Bridgerton star making Coronation waves

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 (Ray Burmiston)
(Ray Burmiston)

Adjoa Andoh has hit the headlines after calling the Buckingham Palace balcony at King Charles III’s Coronation “terribly white”.

The Bridgerton star made the comment during ITV’s live coverage of the celebrations, sparking outcry, with more than 4,000 complaints made by viewers — the most in 2023, Ofcom said.

King Charles and Queen Camilla were officially crowned on Saturday, May 6 and Andoh, best known for her role as Lady Danbury in Bridgeton, was a guest pundit during the coverage of the ceremony.

She said to presenters Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham: “We have gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to a terribly white balcony.”

But what do we know about Adjoa Andoh?

Born in Bristol, Adjoa Andoh grew up in Gloucestershire, after her family moved there for her dad’s job with British Aerospace. Her mother was English and worked as a teacher, and her dad had been a journalist and musician from Ghana.

She married lecturer Howard Connel in 2001, and the couple have three children; Jesse and Daisy, and Liam.

Adjoa Andoh’s career to date

The actress has worked for theatre companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Lyric Hammersmith, Derby Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Manchester Contact RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, and The Young Vic.

Television, films, and radio roles

Andoh is well known for appearing in a range of TV and films, and is a household face. She made her TV debut in BBC hit show EastEnders, playing the role of Karen in 1990.

The talented actress has also appeared in Casualty, Jonathan Creek, Doctor Who, Law & Order: UK, Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, and Wire in the Blood.

Film appearances also include her Hollywood debut with the film Invictus in 2009 in the role of Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff Brenda Mazibuko.

The actress was also a part of the BBC’s Radio Drama Company and has appeared in a few radio shows, such as The Archers and Planet B.

Bridgerton’s Lady Danbury

Andoh is perhaps most well known for her portrayal of Lady Danbury in the hit Netflix Regency romance series Bridgerton. Her character is an old friend of the Bridgertons, as well as the royal family. The actress has also appeared in the most recent Netflix adaptation Queen Charlotte.