Toks Olagundoye

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Olatokunbo Susan Olasubomi Abeke Olagundoye

(1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 48)
Lagos, Nigeria
Education Smith College
Years active2000–present
Sean Quinn
(m. 2015)

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke "Toks" Olagundoye Listen1 Listen2 (born 16 September 1975) [1] is a Nigerian actress. [1] She is known for her role as Hayley Shipton in Castle , Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC TV sitcom The Neighbors , Mel Medarda in the animated Netflix series Arcane , Countless Cleo in Carmen Sandiego and Nanefua Pizza in Steven Universe .


Early life

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye was born on 16 September 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother. [2] As a youth, she was educated in Nigeria, Switzerland, and England. [3] [4] She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Smith College. [4]


Olagundoye made her screen debuts on both TV and the big screen in 2002; in an episode of the television series The Education of Max Bickford ; and in the film Brown Sugar later that same year. She appeared opposite Ruby Dee in an off-Broadway production Saint Lucy's Eyes in April 2001, [5] and in 2005 she cofounded the theater company Three Chicks Theatre, which produced Andrea Lepcio's One Nation Under in 2008. [1] Olagundoye has guest-starred on Ugly Betty , Law & Order , CSI: NY , Switched at Birth , NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Prime Suspect . Her film credits include A Beautiful Soul , Come Back to Me, Absolute Trust and The Salon .

In 2012 Olagundoye was cast as a series regular in the ABC comedy series The Neighbors , [6] [7] [8] [9] playing the part of Jackie Joyner-Kersee until the series was canceled after two seasons in 2014. [10] She later had starring roles in the two television pilots: Feed Me, opposite Mary-Louise Parker for NBC; and Amazon's Salem Rogers, co-starring with Leslie Bibb. [11] [12] In 2015, Olagundoye joined the main cast for the final season of the ABC comedy-drama Castle , in the role of British former MI6 operative Hayley Shipton, who joins Castle's P.I. firm. [13]

From 2017 to 2021, she voiced Bentina Beakley for the 2017 reboot of DuckTales . In 2019 Olagundoye had a recurring role on the final season of Veep playing Senator Kemi Talbot. Olagundoye does the voice acting for Mel Medarda in Arcane: League of Legends (2021). In 2021, she had a recurring role on the ABC series The Rookie , and in 2022 was cast as one of leads in ABC revival of L.A. Law . [14]

Personal life

On May 16, 2015, Olagundoye married Sean Quinn, whom she met on Twitter, after several years of dating. They have a son together. [15]



2002 Brown Sugar Sidney's LA Assistant
2005 The Salon Peaches
2009Absolute TrustKelly
2010Mom SquadMomShort film
2010Dorito-hibition!DanielleShort film
2011Most WantedOperative Keel
2011Come Back to MeSeritou
2011Life Begins at RewirementNurseShort film
2012 A Beautiful Soul Theresa Whitaker
2012Democracy at WorkMeghan Oliver
2018 The Death of Superman Cat Grant (voice)Direct-to-video
2018 Dog Days Nina
2018TremorsJessica FlorenceTelevision film
2019 Reign of the Supermen Cat Grant (voice)Direct-to-video
2019 Steven Universe: The Movie Nanefua Pizza (voice)Television film
2022 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Krang Two (voice)Television film


2002 The Education of Max Bickford HannahEpisode: "An Open Book"
2004 Law & Order Janette GardnerEpisode: "C.O.D."
2006 3 lbs MaryEpisode: "Of Two Minds"
2008 Ugly Betty Sales GirlEpisode: "Bad Amanda"
2010 Law & Order ClaireEpisode: "Blackmail"
2010 CSI: NY ReporterEpisode: "Hide Sight"
2011 Switched at Birth Cooking Class TeacherEpisode: "The Persistence of Memory"
2011 NCIS Rebeka HooperEpisode: "Safe Harbor"
2011 Prime Suspect Lucy MartinEpisode: "Wednesday's Child"
2012–2014 The Neighbors Jackie Joyner-Kersee44 episodes
2014–2019 Steven Universe Nanefua (voice)5 episodes
2015 The Fosters FaithEpisodes: "More Than Words", "Lucky"
2015–2016 Castle Hayley Shipton13 episodes
2016 Vixen Mari's Mother, News Reporter (voices)2 episodes
2017–2021 DuckTales Mrs. Beakley, Server (voices)Main role
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Ja Kyee Lrurt (voice)Episode: "Mr. Roboto"
2017 The Gifted Carla JacksonEpisode: "eXposed"
2018 Modern Family LucyEpisode: "CHiPs and Salsa"
2018 Dirty John Paula Harding, ESQ.Episode: "Remember It Was Me"
2019 Carmen Sandiego Countess Cleo, The DriverRecurring voice role
2019 Veep Kemi Talbot5 episodes
2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Julia2 episodes
2020 Cleopatra in Space Commodore WinifredEpisode: "Parasites"
2020-2022 Star Trek: Lower Decks Captain Amina Ramsey2 episodes
2020 Shameless Chicago P.D. Sgt. Leesie JanesSeason 11 3 episodes
2021 The Rookie Professor Fiona Ryan6 episodes
2021 Castlevania Zamfir (voice)5 episodes
2021 Big Shot Terri Grint5 episodes
2021 Adventure Time: Distant Lands Dr. Caledonius (voice)Episode: "Wizard City" [16]
2021 Kid Cosmic Madame President (voice)
2021 Arcane Mel Medarda (voice)
2022 We Baby Bears Lady Lima (voice)2 episodes
2022 Cars on the Road Margaret Motorray, Chiefess, Additional voices
2022 Beavis and Butt-Head Marcie Anderson (voice)Episode: "The Good Deed"
2022 Family Guy Auctioneer (voice)Episode: "The Stewaway"
2023 The Legend of Vox Machina Devana Vessar (voice)
2023 Fatal Attraction Conchita LewisMain Role
2023 Frasier OliviaFilming [17]

Video games

2014 Game of Thrones BeskhaVoice
2017 Middle-earth: Shadow of War CarnánVoice
2018 Artifact VanessaVoice

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