Cush Jumbo, a British actress and writer, gained recognition for her prominent portrayal of attorney Lucca Quinn in the CBS drama "The Good Wife." Her father is Nigerian, and her mother is British.
Growing up in Lewisham and Southwark, she initiated her passion for the arts through dance classes at the age of 3. In addition to her acting career, Jumbo has showcased her talents as a playwright and performer, creating a one-woman theatre show titled "Josephine and I."
Cush Jumbo’s Net Worth
British actress and writer Cush Jumbo boasts a net worth of $2 million. Renowned for her portrayal of attorney Lucca Quinn in the CBS series "The Good Wife" and its spinoff "The Good Fight," she has also left her mark on shows like "Torchwood," "Vera," and "Criminal Record."
Jumbo's versatility extends to the stage, where she has received Laurence Olivier Award nominations for her performances in productions such as "Julius Caesar" and "Hamlet."
Cush Jumbo initiated her television acting career in 2007 with a role in the British sitcom "My Family" and followed it up with a part in the ITV medical drama "Harley Street" the next year. Her breakthrough came in 2009 when she portrayed Lois Habiba in "Torchwood: Children of Earth," the third season of the "Doctor Who" spinoff. Jumbo also made an appearance in a 2009 episode of the BBC medical drama series "Casualty."
In subsequent years, she took on various roles, including starring in the first season of "Lip Service" in 2010 and securing a recurring role on the sitcom "Getting On" during its second season. In 2012, Jumbo played DC Bethany Whelan in the second season of the ITV crime drama series "Vera," returning for seasons five and six in 2015 and 2016.
Simultaneously, she made her mark on American television, starring as attorney Lucca Quinn in the final season of the CBS legal drama series "The Good Wife" in 2015. Jumbo reprised her role in the spinoff series "The Good Fight" from 2017 to 2021, concluding her involvement after the fifth season.
In 2020, she starred alongside David Tennant in the Channel 4 miniseries "Deadwater Fell" and appeared in two episodes of the Apple TV+ British comedy series "Trying." The following year, Jumbo took on roles in two miniseries based on the novels: "The Beast Must Die" and "Stay Close," the latter premiering on Netflix on New Year's Eve in 2021.
In 2023, she was featured on illusionist Derren Brown's program "Showman" and served as a guest judge on the fifth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race UK." Jumbo's television journey continued in 2024 with a main role in the Apple TV+ crime thriller series "Criminal Record," where she portrays a novice detective working alongside veteran detective Peter Capaldi. The show debuted early in 2024.
Cush Jumbo has made a significant impact on the theatrical stage with an impressive array of performances. Noteworthy credits include "Brixton Stories" at the Lyric Theatre, "Liquid Gold" at the Almeida, and "Love's Labour's Lost" at Shakespeare's Globe. Her collaborations with the Royal Exchange Theatre encompass productions such as "The Cherry Orchard," "Richard III," and "Pygmalion." In 2012, Jumbo clinched the Ian Charleson Award for her portrayal of Rosalind in "As You Like It" at the Royal Exchange.
During the same year, she took on the role of Constance Neville in "She Stoops to Conquer" at the National Theatre. Jumbo made waves by portraying Mark Antony in an all-female rendition of "Julius Caesar" at the Donmar Warehouse, earning her first Laurence Olivier Award nomination. She reprised the role when the production was revived in New York.
Continuing her success in 2013, Jumbo received a UK Theatre Award for her performance in the Royal Exchange production of "A Doll's House" and garnered acclaim for her one-woman play "Josephine and I," a piece she both wrote and performed, premiering at the Bush Theatre in London.
In 2014, Jumbo made her Broadway debut in the transfer of Jez Butterworth's "The River" from the Royal Court Theatre, sharing the stage with Laura Donnelly and Hugh Jackman. After a hiatus, she returned to the London stage in 2021, taking on the title role in a production of "Hamlet" at the Young Vic Theatre. This performance earned her a second Olivier Award nomination, and she secured the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Shakespearean Performance.
Cush Jumbo was born on September 23, 1985, in the Denmark Hill area of London, England, as the second of six children to Angela and Marx. Her mother is British, and her father is Nigerian. Jumbo's journey into the world of performing arts began at the age of three when she started taking dance classes, immersing herself in various genres such as tap, ballet, ballroom, and street dance.
During this time, she attended Adamsrill Primary School and trained at Glenlyn Stage School. At the age of 14, Jumbo made a pivotal decision to pursue her passion for acting, leading her to enroll at the BRIT School in Croydon. Her commitment to the craft took her further, and she later pursued formal education in drama at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. This foundation laid the groundwork for her successful career in both television and theater.
In 2014, Cush Jumbo tied the knot withSean Griffin. The couple welcomed their son, Maximilian. In recognition of her significant contributions to drama, Jumbo was honored with the appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2019.
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