‘Back to Black’ Cast Guide — Who Is Playing Amy Winehouse?


the wait Back to black is over and audiences will finally get to see the long-in-the-making biopic. The film narrates Amy Winehousethe journey from an aspiring singer-songwriter to a Grammy Award winner whose life and musical career were cut short by her death at just 27 years old. The project directed by Sam Taylor-Johnsonwho had previously directed the John Lennon biopic Nowhere boy, will hone in on the singer's early days, her troubled romance with Blake Fielder-Civil and her battle with addiction. Apart from these major events that will be described in the biopic, the audience will also witness Amy's relationship with her inner circle, including her touching connection with her grandmother and her bonds with her father (especially a once he rose to fame). In case you want to know who will play the British artist and the other characters present in the film, here is a detailed guide to who is who in Back to black.

Back to black

It chronicles the life and music of Amy Winehouse, through the journey from adolescence to adulthood and the creation of one of the best-selling albums of our time.

Publication date
May 17, 2024

Main genre

Matt Greenhalgh

Marisa Abela

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was a British singer and songwriter with a style and personality that clashed with other women in UK music at the time. Different from the spicy girls, was inspired by jazz, and his signature sound and unique voice were heavily influenced by rhythm-in-blues. The film follows her as a Jewish girl with a guitar in hand and lots of attitude shows the beginnings of her record deal and explores her rise to fame. It also focuses on her stormy relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, her connection with her grandmother Cynthia and her struggles with substance abuse.

Marisa Abela he plays the artist on the big screen, and this is his first major role in a film. The actress is best known as Yasmin, an investment banker in the HBO series industry. He also starred in the Sky One programme, chargein 2020. After portraying Winehouse, she will join a film titled Black Baga thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Cate Blanchett i Michael Fassbender.

In a recent interview with Nylon, Abela shared more about the emotional journey she went through while singing Back to black:

“It was confusing, trying to separate my own nerves and anxiety about being on set, from Amy in a really vulnerable place. I'd never been so exposed as a person. It felt raw. You put your work out there and it's not up to you how people feel about it, as long as you're doing it for the right reasons, you're on the right track.

Jack O'Connell

Blake Fielder-Civil

Marisa Abela and Jack O'Connell as Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil in their wedding day dresses.
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Blake Fielder-Civil started out as a charming video producer who Amy fell in love with and later became her ultimate muse. It was the inspiration behind the album's best-known songs Back to black and finally the two got married. The film captures their strong and enduring romance, and how their relationship was marked by the presence of drugs, violence and media scrutiny.

Jack O'Connell he plays the character in the biopic. The British actor began his screen career in his teens as part of the cast of the teen drama skins. Since then, he has starred in TV shows like Without God (he even earned a Critics Choice Award nomination for his performance) and in independent films like Starred Up. He received critical acclaim for playing another real-life character, war hero Louis Zamperini Angelina Jolie-directed uninterrupted.

In preparation for playing Fielder-Civil, O'Connell reached out to Winehouse's ex-husband. The latter shared in an interview with Good Morning Britain that the actor wanted to meet with him “not asking for any notes or anything, just out of respect.”


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Lesley Manville

Cynthia Levy

Marisa Abela with Amy Winehouse's beehive hairstyle sitting in front of a mirror with Leslie Manville behind.
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Cynthia Levy (known as Nan) was not only Amy's biggest role model, but also the person who encouraged the singer to pursue her musical aspirations. A jazz performer in his youth, his bond with his granddaughter is marked by their similar musical tastes and fashion vision. After all, Amy's beehive and her gold chain are not only characteristic of her sense of style, but also a direct reference to the way her grandmother dressed and presented herself.

After The Crown i Citadel, Lesley Manville has a supporting role in Back to black like Cynthia. The actress has an extensive filmography, having collaborated with Mike Leigh several times in films like all or nothing i One more year. He also earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson's ghost thread, where she played Cyril, the caring sister of a prestigious fashion designer. The actress is currently working on her next big role in the Greek tragedy OEDIPUSstarred alongside Mark Strong.

Eddie Marsan

Mitch Winehouse

Eddie Marsan as Mitch Winehouse with his arm around Marisa Abela as Amy Winehouse.
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Mitch Winehouse is Amy's father, who was a taxi driver before his daughter rose to fame. Initially not as present in her life growing up, she began to have a closer relationship with the singer when she became a signed artist. From then on, Mitch played an ever-present role in managing Amy's career and trying to find support for her during her trials with drugs and alcohol.

Eddie Marsan portrays the character on the big screen and has been in a long list of productions. With more than 70 films under his belt, the actor is mostly known for his roles in Happy-Go-Lucky in the television series Ray Donovan. Marsan recently starred in the Netflix thriller Fair play and to the historical drama on Apple TV +, Franklin. In an interview with The Guardian to promote the Amy Winehouse biopic, the actor shared more about what led him to play the artist's father:

“A friend of mine worked with Amy in the music industry and knew him. I said, 'What do you think of Mitch?' He said, 'I liked the man. I saw him as a loving father who had a daughter who was an addict and at the same time the most famous woman in the world. She was just a taxi driver trying to make the best of it, I would never have made this movie if I sanitized – or demonized – Mitch Not even my way of “approaching life is more complex.”

Sam Buchanan

Nick Schymansky

Sam Buchanan as Nick Schymansky in Back to Black.
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Nick Schymansky was Amy Winehouse's manager and helped her get a record deal early in her music career. The two were close, and he was a fundamental person in her path as an artist. However, they did not see eye to eye when it came to Amy's sense of professionalism and how she handled her substance abuse. In the film, he becomes one of the few people who pressures the singer to go to rehab and take care of her well-being.

He is played by Nick Schymansky Sam Buchananan up-and-coming actor who previously starred in Prime Video's the power and the British sitcom Such brave girls.

Juliet Cowan

Janis Winehouse

Marisa Abela on stage as Amy Winehouse raising her right arm in the air with her left arm around Juliet Cowan as Janis Winehouse.
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Janis Winehouse is Amy's mother and played a key role in the singer's early life. As previously mentioned, the British icon's father was not as present when she was growing up and her mother practically raised Amy alone. In the film, the character plays a minor role in the story, eluding to the fact that she wasn't as active in Amy's life as Mitch was once he rose to fame. However, as fans well know, he gives his daughter a hug on stage after her Grammy win, and that also happens in the movie.

Juliet Cowan is Janis Winehouse Back to blackand prior to this acting credit, he often starred in British sitcoms such as EastEnders i Live again. He previously shared the screen with O'Connell skins and with Buchanan inside the power.

Back to black hits theaters on Friday, May 17, 2024.


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