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Bonnie Greer (b.1948)

© Estate of Maud Sulter. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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American-born broadcaster, playwright, critic and columnist, Bonnie Greer arrived in London in 1986 and became a British citizen in 1997. She rapidly established herself as a prominent figure in British culture, writing plays for BBC Radio and teaching Shakespeare in Lambeth and Brent schools. She has been an Arts Council supported playwright-in-residence for both Soho Theatre and the Black Theatre Co-operative and served on the boards of the Royal Opera House and London Film School. Greer appears regularly as a critic on Newsnight's 'Late Review' and writes a column in 'The Mail on Sunday'. Both Greer and Sulter have highlighted the role and identity of black subjects in historic and contemporary art history. This is one of a pair of portraits of Greer made by Sulter during the making of a BBC 4 television programme.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Bonnie Greer (b.1948)




colour Polaroid print


H 80.4 x W 56 cm

Accession number

NPG P965

Acquisition method

purchased, 2002

Work type



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