Previously best known for her stand-out turns on American TV, Cush Jumbo has come back to the capital to breathe new life into Hamlet. Susannah Butter meets her
Cush Jumbo is delighted to be home. Five years living in New York, starring in one of America’s most popular dramas, Emmy-winning The Good Wife, and its spin off, The Good Fight, have done nothing to dint her south London swagger.
‘It is f***ing brilliant to be back,’ she says, with full-throttle, infectious enthusiasm, as we sit down on the balcony of the Young Vic theatre. Now living in Honor Oak, she is even wearing a T-shirt by local designer Blake 52, which is black with a leopard print ampersand and hangs elegantly on her. A huge black and white picture of her as Hamlet towers over us, advertising her new play, which opens this week. It underlines the sense that Jumbo, 36, may have left the country as a successful actor but has returned as a star.