Actress Gabourey Sidibe became a familiar face to audiences when she was cast in the title role of the critically acclaimed 2009 drama Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, about a teenage mother struggling through poverty and abuse in the inner city. It was one of the most lauded first films for any performer, capturing the unknown Best Actress awards from a variety of critics groups and garnering nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Academy. Sidibe followed her landmark debut as a bully in the 2011 film Yelling to the Sky and a recurring role on the Showtime series The Big C. She also landed a part in the ensemble action comedy Tower Heist opposite Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Uses the nickname Gabby.
- While a psychology major at City College in New York, took bit parts in stage shows such as Peter Pan and The Wiz.
- Without formal acting training, she burst onto the scene with a memorable debut as the title character in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, the story of an obese teenager trying to overcome sexual and emotional abuse.
- Was obsessed with N'Sync as a teen (admitting to going to 23 of their concerts), and was thrilled when Justin Timberlake announced her Golden Globe nomination for Precious.