Aduba in 2016 Toronto Film Festival
Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba
February 10, 1981
|Alma mater||Boston University|
Uzoamaka Nwanneka "Uzo" Aduba /
Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren is a fictional character played by Uzo Aduba on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Warren is portrayed as intelligent, but lacking in social skills, and prone to spiral into emotional outbursts when agitated, as well as hallucinations and delusions, due to mental illness. The character is the only role that has received Emmy Award recognition in both the comedy and drama genres from the same show and the second character to earn Emmy recognition in both genres. Aduba won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series as well as the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for her season one performance. She received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her season two performance. Her season three performance again won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She is a recurring character in season one and a regular character beginning with season two.
Netflix, Inc. is an American media-services provider headquartered in Los Gatos, California, founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. The company's primary business is its subscription-based streaming OTT service which offers online streaming of a library of films and television programs, including those produced in-house. As of January 2019, Netflix had over 139 million paid subscriptions worldwide, including 58.49 million in the United States, and over 148 million subscriptions total including free trials. It is available almost worldwide except in mainland China, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Crimea. The company also has offices in the Netherlands, Brazil, India, Japan, and South Korea. Netflix is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan for Netflix. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix on July 11, 2013. In February 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season. The sixth season was released on July 27, 2018. On October 17, 2018, it was confirmed that the seventh season would be its last and would be released in 2019.
Aduba was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Nigerian parents, of Igbo origin.
Boston is the capital and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 685,094 in 2017, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.
The Igbo people are an ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and southeastern Nigeria. Geographically, the Igbo homeland is divided into two unequal sections by the Niger River – an eastern and a western section. The Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa.
She grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts,and 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 Amherst and went on to play six seasons professionally.
Medfield is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population is 12,024 according to the 2010 Census. It is a community about 17 miles southwest of Boston, Massachusetts, which is a 40-minute drive to Boston's financial district. Attractions include the Hinkley Pond and the Peak House.
Medfield High School is a 9-12 public high school in Medfield, Massachusetts, part of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. It is one of five public schools in the school system, and the only public high school in Medfield.
Boston University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but has been historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Aduba first garnered recognition for her acting in 2003, when her performance in Translations of Xhosaat the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play. Aduba played the character Amphiarus in 2006 at New York Theatre Workshop and again in 2008 at La Jolla Playhouse. In 2007, she made her Broadway debut, portraying Toby in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Coram Boy at the Imperial Theatre. 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.
The Helen Hayes Awards are theater awards recognizing excellence in professional theater in the Washington, D.C. area since 1983. The awards are named in tribute of Helen Hayes, known as the "First Lady of American Theatre." They are presented by TheatreWashington, sponsored by TodayTix, a ticketing company, and supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Share Fund, Prince Charitable Trust, and Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai.
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) is an Off-Broadway theatre noted for its productions of new works. Located at 79 East 4th Street between Second Avenue and Bowery in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, it houses a 198-seat theatre for its mainstage productions, and a 75-seat black box theatre for staged readings and developing work in the building next door, at 83 East 4th Street.
La Jolla Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theatre on the campus of the University of California San Diego.
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:
I auditioned for the show back in late July or early August of . I had been auditioning that summer for more television and film [after doing much theater]. I'd read a lot of scripts and I remember reading Orange Is the New Black, and it was at the head of the pack. I remember thinking, 'Wow, that is really good, I would love to be a part of that.' I went in and auditioned for another part, and my representatives called me about a month later and they were like, "Hi, we have some really good news. You remember that audition you went on for Orange Is the New Black? You didn't get it." I go, "So… okay, what's the good news?" They said they wanted to offer me another part, Crazy Eyes. I was like, "What in my audition would make someone think I'd be right for a part called Crazy Eyes?" But to be honest, when I got the script for it, it felt like the right fit.
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 one performance.Aduba's season two performance earned her the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards and a nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.
Aduba 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.Aduba's performance in the third season also earned another Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series win for the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also earned a Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
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 musical The Secret Garden .
Aduba plays a major role in My Little Pony: The Movie , where she voices Queen Novo, leader of the Hippogriffs/Seaponies. She is also part of the upcoming independent film, Miss Virginia.
In April 2017, Aduba received the Point Courage Award from the Point Foundation for her support of the LGBT community.
In June 2018, Aduba became Heifer International's first-ever celebrity ambassador to Africa. She saw Heifer's impact first-hand on 2016 and 2018 field visits to Uganda.
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||TSA Officer||Cameo|
|2016||Tallulah||Detective Louisa Kinnie|
|2017||My Little Pony: The Movie||Queen Novo (voice)|
|2018||Candy Jar||Julia Russell|
|2012||Project Runway: All Stars||Herself||Episode: "Putting On The Glitz"|
|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||62 episodes|
|2014||Saturday Night Live||Daughter Dudley||Episode: "Woody Harrelson/Kendrick Lamar"|
|Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Season 13 Episode 10: "9 Chefs Compete"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Uzo Aduba Wears a White Blouse and Royal Blue Heels"|
|The Wiz Live!||Glinda the Good Witch||Television special|
|2016–present||Steven Universe||Bismuth (voice)||5 episodes|
|2018||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||Officer Kubritz (voice)|
|2006||The Seven||Amphiarus||New York Theatre Workshop|
|2007||Coram Boy||Toby||Imperial Theatre|
|2008||The Seven||Amphiarus||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2009||Eclipsed||Helena||Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company|
|2009||A Civil War Christmas||Hannah||Huntington Theatre|
|2011||Godspell||Company||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|2013||Venice||Anna Monroe||The Public Theater|
|2016||The Maids||Solange||Trafalgar Studios|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||2014||Orange Is the New Black||Best Guest Performer – Comedy||Won|
|Glamour Awards||2016||Comedy Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||2015||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2016||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Awards||2016||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2017||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2018||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||2014||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2015||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
|2017||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||2013||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||2015||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2015||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2016||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2016||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2017||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2017||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2018||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2018||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
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