The casting of the London-born Gemma Chan – whose parents originally came from China – as Englishwoman Bess of Hardwick in the 2018 historical drama, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, sparked criticism. Photo: Liam Daniel/Focus Features
Lisa Cam
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Opinion

Lisa Cam

Is colourblind casting, such as Gemma Chan in drama ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, the way of the future?

Hollywood has been accused of ‘whitewashing’ – or casting Caucasian actors for people of colour roles – for years, but are the tables turning finally?

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The casting of the London-born Gemma Chan – whose parents originally came from China – as Englishwoman Bess of Hardwick in the 2018 historical drama, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, sparked criticism. Photo: Liam Daniel/Focus Features
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