Portia Bartley is an Actor, Writer Model and Filmmaker. Born and raised in London, England, she has studied in New York and Los Angeles where she obtained her BFA in Acting from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her acting has taken her on TV shows such as Marvel's Runaways and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She also has been in National Commercials for Xbox, Soap and Glory and Bonobos.
She created her docs series, Black Beyond America in mid 2017. As she interviews black people from around the world, she challenges the common belief that blackness is limited to the African-American experience.
Her poetry speaks on social injustice, immigration, race and her queer identity. She is a Callaloo fellow, and has completed her Land of The Free tour, where she promoted her poetry book of the same name. It has taken her to many Colleges, theatres and workshops including UCLA, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Busboys and Poets franchise as well as many locations in her hometown of London. Her work has also been featured on Button Poetry and All Def Poetry.
Whether working in front or behind the camera, Portia strives to connect and empower. She highlights another side of being black in present day - exploring the many intersections that can shape one's experience.
Look out for Portia in Season 6 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!
Black Beyond America is a docu series celebrating black people throughout the African diaspora.
Whether speaking to Black Brits, South Africans or Afro Latinos, each video aims to interrogate, and add nuance to the global black experience.
Click on the video to the left for a series introduction!