Cynthia Addai-Robinson is a British-born American actress known for her roles in limited-run cable TV series.
She is best known for her role as the loyal slave Naevia in the Starz television series "Spartacus," set in the days of Roman Republic - before the Empire, before Caesar - about a slave revolt against the Roman government. But history buffs who concentrate on more recent history know her from her role in the History Channel miniseries "Texas Rising."
In that television production, about the Texan War for Independence against Mexico, she played Emily West, a mixed-race folk heroine believed to have been the lover of Sam Houston, played in this miniseries by Bill Paxton. West is believed to have been the inspiration of the traditional song "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of this English-born rose in times to come. Maybe even in another TV series about a revolution. :-)