38-year-old Ghanaian-British actress Freema Agyeman who played the Time Lord’s companion Martha Jones on Dr. Who series from 2007 to 2010 is making her West End theatre debut with a role as a soap opera actress Paul Rider in the stage play Apologia.
Born to an Iranian mother and Ghanaian father, Agyeman recently spoke about her career journey revealing she spent two years as an usher at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane “so I’m really good at selling ice cream” now she has featured in Survivors, Law & Order series, Netflix series Sense8 and named the “face of 2007” by the Observer.
Agyeman says branching to the live stage is a welcomed change. “I did plays at university and I spent two years as an usher at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane so I’m really good at selling ice cream but this is something new,” she tells the Evening Standards.
“I actually auditioned for a play at the Soho Theatre and for a job in Crossroads at the same time and I was offered both. It really feels like there is a parallel world where I took the theatre job and stayed working on stage, but I actually took the TV job and ended up staying in telly. There are so many parallels with my life and the character and so much that is familiar, I could really identify with her.”
The play, by Alexi Kaye Campbell, is centred around Channing’s fierce matriarch and the difficult relationship she has with her two sons. Agyeman plays the girlfriend of one of them.
Her new stage play which is produced by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment Group, DB Productions and Broadway’s Dodger Theatricals will run from July 29 to November 18, with press night on August 3. Apologia is the story of Kristin Weybridge, an art critic and young mother who follows her politics and art to Florence. Her successful memoir secures her place in history but fails to mention her sons. Her birthday should be a time for celebration but when her son Simon decides to deliver his version of the past, everyone must confront the cost of Kristin’s commitment to her work (Whats On Stage).
Freema Agyeman has been nominated twice for the British Soap Awards, the National Television Awards and as Best Actress at the Birmingham Black International Film Festival’s Music, Video and Screen Awards (MVSAs).