Interesting discussion sparked off by Guy. Should we care if black actors play parts in period dramas? Does it matter (aside from roles like Othello where the characters origins are obviously defining). Recently, a woman played Othello.
Is it any different to a white, blonde haired actor playing a historical part where we know for sure the person in question had black hair?
In some cases it is great where an actor has an interesting likeness to the character played in both physical and other terms - so Stephen Fry playing Oscar Wilde was quite wonderful. But generally it doesn’t matter what they look like.
I’m going to see the Harry Potter play next year, apparently Hermione is played by a black actor. JK Rowling has since said that she always saw her as black. Shame that didn’t come out in the film, as she had a lot of influence over the casting.