Name: Priya Blackburn
Age: 25
Place of Birth: UK
Profession: Actor

Priya Blackburn is an Indian/English actor from the UK, currently living in London. She made her acting industry debut in 2018 in feature film Bohemian Rhapsody, starring opposite Lucy Boynton and Rami Malek. She has also appeared in Netflix's Get Even, Doctors, and I Hate Suzie.
Studying Literature at King's College London, Priya went down the untraditional route towards breaking into the acting industry - training alongside university at many part-time drama schools in London.

1) What is your definition of happiness?

Having joy, laughter and love. Feeling content, fulfilled and ready for life.

2) How did you pursue a career in Acting?

  I moved to London to Study Literature    The plan was to study acting alongside my degree, so I signed up to part-time drama schools, joined groups, found an agent and started auditioning. The rest is literally history!

3) In another life, what would you see yourself as?

I think I’d probably be a conservationist - working with charities over here and abroad. Something and anything to do with saving the planet and what we have.  

4) Pick 1 thing that inspires you on a daily basis.

How beautiful the planet is.

5) How do you see yourself in 5 years?

Happy. Travelling. And secure within the acting industry.

6) What is your definition of evil?

  Anyone who harms another being - human and animal.

7) If we didn't have money, describe what you see the world as, in your eyes.

An oasis. People wouldn’t want to destroy the planet as much. There would be more harmony and joy.

8) What is the 1 thing you'd like to teach humans?

  To reconnect with the world we live in - there is only one.

9) Do you like to plan your future or go-with-the-flow?

When I was trying to get my foot in the door, I used to plan everything! Now I seem to go with the flow, and just see what happens. But I’m edging towards becoming a planner again - I want some stability. And reflecting back, I really achieved a lot being a planner and setting monthly acting goals.

10) Pick 1 song that defines your character.

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

11) What's your favourite activity?

A really good HIIT/Strength workout. And cycling outdoors!

12) If you had only 1 day to live, what would you do?

I’d jump on a plane and go travel.

13) What's your biggest dream?

It has always been to become a successful actor. Working, and being able to earn money from a career I love. But also use my platform to start programmes and awareness for the environment and animals. Top actors have so much power to inspire generations.

14) How are you going to achieve that?

Right now - I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and practice with other great actors my age. Read more, and get more in tune with myself. But also, simply to reconnect with human beings: to understand & build on compassion, and learn about others’ stories.

15) What's the most frustrating thing about your career?

The isolation. It feels lonely taping all the time, especially when you do it on your own. Getting access to big projects is amazing - but it means your constantly working solo. The instability is hard, and never really knowing why you didn’t get a role. It can really knock your confidence - and I used to be the most optimistic person ever! I honestly was!! But even I’m starting to wonder when the right role for me is going to come along.

16) What's the most joyful thing about your career?

Creating extensions of myself - and exploring a character I would never actually live. Stepping into someone else’s shoes - it’s addictive. But also telling stories, reading incredible pieces of work. Being sent an incredible script just gets you all excited and gets your imagination going crazy!! And also, connecting with your scene partner. I think connecting with your scene partner is the most underrated joyful aspect of acting.

17) What's your goal in the next 2 years?

My 2 year goal... well I would just LOVE to do a project where I have a full character journey and arc. I want to showcase my skills, connect with other actors, and create something meaningful. Whether that’s a series regular, or a supporting main or MAIN role in a film... I wanna get my teeth stuck in.

18) How are you going to achieve that?

I’m gonna plan! Somehow, I’m gonna plan it out, and see how to get there. I’m gonna push myself as an actor - go to some classes. Watch and learn. But stay true to me. And dig out what is different and showcase that.

19) What's your favourite quote?

Life is beautiful.

20) Describe yourself in 3 words.

Smiley. Determined. Thoughtful.