Yes, I have white parents. But I have African ancestry too | Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

I’ve been accused of taking a theatre role meant for ethnic minorities. Yet everyone I’ve met thinks I have a mixed heritage

Last week I found myself at the centre of a storm, accused of appropriating my own identity. This surreal situation came about after I was awarded a traineeship on an Arts Council England-backed scheme to develop black and minority-ethnic leaders in the British theatre. I have never made any secret of the fact that I was born to Irish parents, and that my parents and grandparents are white. But my identity is different. It’s there for all to see in Chilling Out, a documentary I took part in back in 1990. As I said then: “When I’m alone in my bedroom looking in the mirror, thinking about stuff I’ve written down, thinking about my past … I think I’m a black man.”

It disappoints me that an attempt to reduce my life’s experience into a headline can lead to character assassination

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