Teyonah Parris

Active - 2010 - Present  |   Born - Sep 22, 1987 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States  |  

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  • Was a member of her school's cheerleading and dance teams during high school.
  • Modeled and participated in pageants before deciding to pursue a career in acting.
  • Made her Broadway debut in 2010 in a stage production of John Guare's A Free Man of Color starring Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright.
  • Participated in a photo shoot for the Designers Against AIDS project in honor of World AIDS Day.
  • Appeared in a national television commercial for McDonald's in 2012.
  • Nominated for the NAACP Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and won the Best Actress Award from the African-American Film Critics Association for her starring role as Lysistrata in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq in 2015.
  • In 2016, participated in the American Black Film Festival's panel called Black Women in Hollywood: The Future Looks Bright.