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Bridgerton: Adjoa Andoh reveals what it was like to grow up as a mixed-race girl in Gloucestershire

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The Bridgerton star discussed growing up in Gloucestershire as a mixed-race girl in a rural village.

Being the only Black or mixed-race kid in any space can be difficult.

Whether it’s in a workplace in the middle of central London or at school in a rural village, there are many challenges that come with being the only person of colour in a predominately white space, something that Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh knows only too well.

The British star, who is of Ghanaian and English heritage, discussed being raised in a farming community in Gloucestershire and shared that she often felt singled out as the “only Black girl for miles around”.

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“I grew up in the 1960s in the English countryside in Gloucestershire,” she told the Sunday Mirror.

“I sometimes felt as though I wasn’t seen for myself, although that also meant I was more resilient.

“In a small West Country farming village, to be mixed race with a strong Leeds accent meant I was already a different order of gravy.

“There were levels of familiarity, and people getting to know us. Having a strong Yorkshire accent was as much a part of that as my race.”

In the interview, Andoh shared that there were times when people were surprised to see a “coloured” girl, but she also experienced times when she was welcomed.

“Some people were like, ‘We can’t have that coloured girl in here – what would the neighbours think!’

“But, similarly, there were other houses where I was enormously welcomed.”

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Ahead of the season two premiere of Bridgerton, Andoh also shared that she was proud of the diversity featured in the show, saying: “I can’t tell you how touched I have been to see the little Black girls posting photos of themselves in a Regency dress, dressed up like princesses.

 “I get pictures from little girls AND boys dressed as Lady Danbury. I think it’s lovely.

“You kind of go, ‘oh these children are going to grow up feeling like they have a place – not like they are being tolerated.’”

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