Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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I actually like getting up to blue skies.
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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Music is something I couldn't live without. My dad was into music, he played for pleasure - guitar, piano. I started off doing jazz, singing with a lot of fabulous musicians here in London before I went to the States. And I still take piano lessons every Wednesday.
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I wanted to be a barrister for a long time.
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Religion has nothing to do with spirituality.
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I don't think children have competed with my career, they have clarified it. My children ground me. They make me honest.
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There needs to be more film directors of colour. They bandy about the word 'diversity' a lot, but when I say 'of colour,' I mean Asian, black - I mean people of all colour. We need to have those voices given the opportunity, not told that their films will not be distributed or will not sell well abroad.
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I love a bit of passion.
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I love the mountains, the light. I'm a real light junkie.
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I'm a member of the African diaspora: my parents left the Caribbean and came to London for a better life.
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The old men running the industry just have not got a clue. They've got to come to terms with the fact that Britain is no longer a totally white place where people ride horses, wear long frocks and drink tea. The national dish is no longer fish and chips; it's curry.
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I see myself as British, and I want to be celebrated by Britain.
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If you think about it, I made history. Not only was I the first black British woman to be nominated for an Oscar, I was the first black British person.
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I want to work, so I'm going where the work is.
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With a series, you build the character as you go. When you've got a shorter project or a film, you know the overall arc from the beginning.
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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I still take my own lunches to work. That way I can control what I'm eating, as opposed to another doughnut.
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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Britain is no longer totally a white place where people ride horses, wear long frocks, and drink tea. The national dish is no longer fish and chips, it's curry.
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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