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Petra Letang – A Funny Black Women on the Edge

petra-letangPetra Letang was born in London and is a British-Dominican actress, probably best known for her role as Naomi Julien in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Letang grew up in East London, and she attended the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington, London. She has played Donna Lewis in the five soap Family Affairs in 1999, and the character Pauline in the BBC2 drama Babyfather in 2002. Other television credits have included Jonathan Creek (2004); The Bill (2005) and The Last Detective (2005). She also appeared in the British film Wondrous Oblivion in 2003.

In 2005 she was cast as Naomi Julien—the lesbian lover of Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy)—in BBC’s EastEnders. She left the role in 2007, reportedly because scriptwriters had “run out of ideas for her.” Prior to this, Letang had gone public with her fears that her character would be axed following a “bad public reaction” to the lesbian storyline which saw Naomi break up the marriage of Sonia and Martin Fowler (James Alexandrou).

Letang went on to join the cast of Angie Le Mar’s successful play, Funny Black Women On the Edge. It played at the Hackney Empire, East London in the Spring of 2007.

In March 2007, Letang was one of several television stars who took part in Searchlight magazine’s “Hope Not Hate bus” campaign with the Daily Mirror, which was aimed at spreading a message of goodwill in the build-up to the local elections in May 2007. Letang commented:”This campaign is very close to my heart. We have to make a difference for the young people coming up.”

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