Biography

Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay."

Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, at the Yale Repertory Theatre; The Bluest Eye, at the Hartford Stage and Long Wharf Theatres; and Fela!, in the AEA workshop, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones.

Ms. Oduye first starred for writer/director Dee Rees as Alike in the award-winning short film Pariah. Among the other shorts that she has starred in are Gabriele Zamparini's Water; Russell Costanzo's The Tested; and Nadiah Hamzah's Sub Rosa.

Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay."

Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, at the Yale Repertory Theatre; The Bluest Eye, at the Hartford Stage and Long Wharf Theatres; and Fela!, in the AEA workshop, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones.

Ms. Oduye first starred for writer/director Dee Rees as Alike in the award-winning short film Pariah. Among the other shorts that she has starred in are Gabriele Zamparini's Water; Russell Costanzo's The Tested; and Nadiah Hamzah's Sub Rosa.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 20

Birthday 1978-01-11

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Widows as Breechelle
2018 Viper Club as Keisha
2018 Galveston as Loraine
2017 Geostorm as Eni Adisa
2017 The Dinner as Nina
2017 To Be Free as Nina Simone
2015 The Big Short as Kathy Tao
2015 Emily & Tim as Meg (Segment 5)
2013 12 Years a Slave as Eliza
2013 The Door as O
2012 Steel Magnolias as Annelle
2011 Pariah as Alike
2011 Touch of Evil as The Outlaw
2009 The Unusuals(1 episode) as Regina Plank
2009 If I Leap as Zipporah
2006 Half Nelson as Crack Smoker
2004 On the Outs as Adepero
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent(1 episode) as Jackie
1990 Law & Order(1 episode) as Traci Sands

Directing

2017 To Be FreeDirector
2014 Breaking InDirector

Writing

2017 To Be FreeWriter

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