Thandie Newton has spoken out about how the increased popularity of period dramas in the UK has led to a lack of roles for black actors and actresses on television in her native country, and the impact this has had on her own career.
"I love being here, but I can't work, because I can't do Downton Abbey, can't be in Victoria, can't be in Call The Midwife. Well, I could, but I don't want to play someone who's being racially abused."
"I'm not interested in that, don't want to do it. There just seems to be a desire for stuff about the royal family, stuff from the past, which is understandable, but it just makes it slim pickings for people of colour."