Scarlett Curtis is an English activist and writer known very well as the daughter of British screenwriter, producer and film director, Richard Curtis. Read on as we bring you more details about Scarlett Curtis.
Who is Scarlett Curtis?
Born as Scarlett Kate Freud Curtis, he took birth on 21st June 1995 in London, England. In 2003, she made a brief cameo in her father’s film Love Actually, playing Lobster Number 2 in the school nativity concert. She began her career as a blogger and has written for The Guardian, Elle magazine, The Times and The Telegraph.
In 2018, Curtis curated the Penguin anthology Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & Other Lies, a collection of essays by 52 women on what feminism means to them, featuring essays by Keira Knightley, Alaa Murabit, Saoirse Ronan and others. All royalties from the book went to the United Nations Foundation charity Girl Up. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & other lies became a Sunday Times bestseller for two consecutive weeks after publication.
The book also won the 2018 National Book Award for Young Adult Book of the Year and was nominated for a 2019 British Book Award. The book hit national headlines when Topshop proprietor Sir Philip Green dismantled a promotional display in the branch at Oxford Circus, London. Curtis launched the hashtag #PinkNotGreen following the event.
She is also the host of the Feminists Don’t Wear Pink podcast.
In October 2021, it was reported that an anthology television show based on the book and titled Girls Can’t Shoot (& Other Lies) will be produced by Mark Gordon Pictures and executive produced by Curtis and Saoirse Ronan. The announced cast includes Beanie Feldstein, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Kat Dennings, Jameela Jamil and Lolly Adefope.
In 2019, Curtis curated the Penguin anthology It’s Not OK to Feel Blue & Other Lies, a collection of essays by 74 people on what mental health means to them. In November 2019, Curtis was presented with the second annual Changemaker Award for young activists by Equality Now.
Who are Scarlett Curtis’ Parents?
Scarlett Curtis was born to Emma Freud, her mother and Richard Curtis, her father who is considered as one of Britain’s most successful comedy screenwriters. Back in 2007, Richard Curtis received the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
He is the co-founder, with Sir Lenny Henry, of the British charity Comic Relief, which has raised over £1 billion. At the 2008 Britannia Awards, he received the BAFTA Humanitarian Award for co-creating Comic Relief and for his contributions to other charitable causes.
Curtis was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest figures in British comedy in 2003. In 2008, he was ranked number 12 in a list of the “100 most powerful people in British culture” compiled by The Telegraph. In 2012, he was one of the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork—the cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
A Look Into Scarlett Curtis’ Activsm
In 2017, Curtis founded feminist activist collective The Pink Protest. The Pink Protest and Amika George organised the #FreePeriods campaign to fight period poverty. They have also campaigned with anti-female genital mutilationactivist Nimco Ali to successfully include female genital mutilation in the Children’s Act.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain in 2018 together with fiction author Adele Parks, Curtis suggested that Disney films and fairy tales should be rewritten, saying that they represent an “unrealistic expectation” of life and that Aladdinwas racist. Parks disagreed with Curtis on the show, saying that she “wouldn’t want our history rewritten.”