The sensational tale of the first mixed-race girl introduced to
high-society England and raised as a lady...
The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an
enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was raised by her great-uncle,
the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and
a leading opponent of slavery. When the portrait he commissioned of
his two wards, Dido and her white cousin, Elizabeth, was unveiled,
eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and
white woman depicted as equals. Inspired by the painting,
Belle vividly brings to life this extraordinary woman
caught between two worlds, and illuminates the great civil rights
question of her age: the fight to end slavery.
The feature film Belle is produced by Damian Jones
(The Iron Lady, The History Boys, Welcome to
Sarajevo), written by Misan Sagay, and directed by Amma
Asante, and stars the extraordinary Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Belle,
Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom
Felton, Matthew Goode, and Emily Watson.