Watch Noma Dumezweni Give A Political Speech About Playing Hermione In 'The Cursed Child'

'I arrived in this country as a refugee child'

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Alongside the gowns and the surprise wins (and even the wrongly announced wins), Awards Shows are also fantastic for the political tangents that people go off on, when given the spotlight.

In 1973 Marlon Brando famously had Sachee Littlefeather refuse his Oscar for his role in The Godfather in protest of the mistreatment on the Native Americans.

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And both Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep have recently given rousing speeches at the Oscars and Golden Globes, respectively, much to the chagrin of right-wing press.

A few nights ago at the Oliver Awards, Noma Dumezweni joined the ranks of the 'leftie-luvvies' and spoke politically after winning 'Best Supporting Actress' for her role as an adult Hermione in the Harry Potter play spinoff Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

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The play won a recond of nine prizes at this year's Olivier Awards and Noma took her winning speech as an opportunity to explain her own beginnings.

I arrived in this country as a refugee child, with my sister and my mother. It's going to be 40 years this year celebrating being in this country. Family, it's all about family. Families feeling safe and finding your safe place. I am so, so privileged to be an actor, to be able to make plays and tell stories with the majority or people in this room...I suppose what I'm trying to say, this is my political bit if you don't mind, is that I am a refugee child.

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Last year the Government was under considerable critique for agreeing to take only 20,00 Syrian refugees over the next four years, despite the hardship they are enduring and the vulnerable position many are in.

Noma was born in Swaziland and fled the South African Kingdom in her childhood.

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When Noma was chosen for the role of Hermione Granger there were some grumblings from those who thought Hermione should be white, since Emma Watson played Hermione in the film.

However, many people, including the author J.K. Rowling, pointed out that nowhere in the books did it specify Hermione's race.

Noma also spoke out at the awards as to how grateful she was to play the fiercely intelligent Hermione.

Because, let's face it, we all wanted to be Hermione when we were growing up.

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