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The BBC actor on embracing their identity and becoming one of the brightest young talents in Britain.

“I think if I was younger and saw a queer woman of colour on BBC primetime playing a doctor, that would have been memorable for me,” actor Genesis Lynea explains to us as we meet in London. “In fact when I was younger, I think I wasn’t even aware of my sexuality or even the absence of women of colour on screen – blissfully unaware, I guess.”

Currently appearing on screens in hit hospital drama Casualty, the absolute importance of their role on the show isn’t lost. With a generation of LGBTQ teens having a greater understanding of their identity, it’s something that inspires Genesis to keep pushing forward – to be seen, and heard.

“I think young queer people are very open, educated and aware of their surroundings and the portrayal of LGBTQ people in the media. It makes me have so much faith in the future generations to take ownership over their identities and be proud of who they are.”

And while the future remains her focus, running away from the past isn’t an option. It can, she hopes, help build her future.

“My name is Genesis, the most biblical name you can have so I will never forget my roots, but I also know I’m my own person and I’m here to do things only I can do. There is only one of us and that is our power! That’s what makes us all unique.”

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