Uzo Aduba

Uzoamaka Nwanneka "Uzo" Aduba (/ˈz əˈdbə/; born February 10, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, and the 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She is the only actress to win Emmy Award recognition in both the comedy and drama genres for the same role.

    Early life

    Aduba was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Nigerian parents of Igbo origin from Anambra State.

    She grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Medfield High School in 1999. She attended Boston University, where she studied classical voice and competed in track and field. She describes her family as a "sports family". Her younger brother, Obi, played hockey at the University of Massachusetts and went on to play six seasons professionally.

    Career

    2003−present: Career beginnings and breakout success

    Aduba first garnered recognition for her acting in 2003, when her performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play. In 2007, she made her Broadway debut, portraying Toby in Coram Boy. From 2011 through 2012, she sang "By My Side" as part of the original revival cast of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Her first television appearance was as a nurse on Blue Bloods in 2012. She also played the mother of the title character of Venice at The Public Theater in New York.

    In 2013, Aduba began portraying Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. On being cast, Aduba said:

    Casting director Jennifer Euston explains the selection of Aduba for the role thus: "Uzo Aduba...had her hair in those knots for the audition...They saw something amazing in her and were able to connect it to what they were looking for in Crazy Eyes." In joining the series, Aduba obtained her Screen Actors Guild card, about which she says, "I was just like, 'Wow, this means I'm a full actor now.' It was such a big deal, and I remember being so thankful and feeling so proud."

    She has been recognized for her performance as "Crazy Eyes": Aduba won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards as well as Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series at the 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 18th Satellite Awards for her season 1 performance. Aduba's season 2 performance earned her the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series as well as recognition for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards and a nomination Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. She won a second Primetime Emmy at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015, winning the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. This makes her the first actress to win both a drama and comedy Emmy for the same role.

    In March 2014, Aduba performed at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit concert Broadway Backwards. Aduba teamed with Rachel Bay Jones for a rendition of the song "Lily's Eyes" from the play The Secret Garden.

    Filmography

    Film

    Year Title Role Notes
    2016 Tallulah
    2016 American Pastoral Vicky Filming

    Television

    Year Title Role Notes
    2012 Project Runway: All Stars Herself Episode: "Putting On The Glitz"
    2012 Blue Bloods Nurse Episode: "Nightmares"
    2013 How to Live Like a Lady Acting Teacher Television film
    2013–present Orange Is the New Black Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren 36 episodes
    2014 Saturday Night Live Daughter Dudley Episode: "Woody Harrelson/Kendrick Lamar"
    2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Uzo Aduba Wears a White Blouse and Royal Blue Heels"
    2015 The Wiz Live! Glinda the Good Witch

    Stage

    Year Title Role Notes
    2007 Coram Boy Toby Imperial Theatre
    2011 Godspell Company Circle in the Square Theatre
    2013 Venice Anna Monroe The Public Theater

    Awards and nominations

    Year Association Category Nominated work Result
    2013 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Orange Is the New Black Nominated
    2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Won
    Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
    2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won

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