- Was an aspiring singer/song-writer before turning to acting.
- Took part in several singing competitions as a teenager including Urban Voice, where she was a finalist in 2001. Five years later she made it to the final of UK Unsigned, where she won the singer/songwriter competition.
- Had just ten weeks to get into Olympic standard shape to play a top athlete in 2011 movie, Fast Girls and worked out for at least four hours daily.
- In 2015 appeared in the first stage version of Willy Russell's play Educating Rita that used black actors and took on the title role of Rita opposite actor Lenny Henry.