Tracy-Ann Oberman: Ridley Road star opens up incredible anti-Semitic abuse she received

Tracy-Ann Oberman: Ridley Road star opens up incredible anti-Semitic abuse she received

10/03/2021

Ridley Road: BBC release trailer for new drama series

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Tracy-Ann Oberman is playing Nancy Malinovsky in the BBC’s new Sunday night drama, Ridley Road. Ahead of its release, the star has opened to Express.co.uk and other outlets about why she took the role, the show’s important message and the anti-Semitic abuse she herself has previously received.

Ridley Road begins on the BBC this weekend as the broadcaster’s big new drama.

Based on Jo Bloom’s book, the series follows a young Jewish woman named Vivien Epstein (played by Agnes O’Casey).

In the four-part series, she works with the anti-fascism 62 Group to infiltrate a far-right organisation.

Written by Sarah Solemani, the series set in the 1960s looks at contemporary issues, which many of the cast think have modern-day parallels.

Oberman, who plays 62 Group member Nancy, recently shared some insight into her involvement in the project.

She told Express.co.uk and other media: “Personally, I have stood up to what I saw as a huge rise of anti-Semitism on social media for the last four years, and received anti-Semitic [abuse].

“And I don’t even like the word anti-Semitic because to me it sort of differentiates it from racism.

“Anti-Jewish hatred is the same as any form of racism and I think it is rife now.”

Oberman continued: “I think it’s so great that this story is being told.

“Why I think this programme is so important is it will remind people of a piece of British history that has been forgotten in the annals of time.”

Oberman’s co-star Eddie Marsan also called out the “incredible abuse” his co-star had experienced online.

He emotionally said: “[We were] privileged to have Tracy on set because she suffered incredible abuse, I’m getting emotional now, incredible anti-semitism.

“Much more than any of us.”

Oberman has been vocal about standing up to anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

In a piece for the Sunday Times recently, the actor opened up about some of the abuse she had suffered.

This came after she criticised social media amid the reports of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

She said: “I was called a Rothschild prostitute, a tax-evading whore, a Holocaust exaggerator.

“I had a lot of support from people in the industry, but they were scared to say anything in case they lost work.”

She added: “Well, I said something and I’m busier than ever.

“Finding my voice has made me feel fearless.”

Ridley Road is available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 9pm tonight.

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