Martine McCutcheon


Martine McCutcheon

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Martine McCutcheon
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Martine McCutcheon in 2010
Born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting
(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 40)
Hackney, London, England
Occupation Actress, singer.
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jack McManus (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Pop
Years active 1992–2002
Labels Innocent, Virgin, Liberty

Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting (born 14 May 1976), known professionally as Martine McCutcheon, is an English singer, television personality, actress and occasional radio presenter. McCutcheon had minor success as one third of the pop group Milan in the early 1990s, but it was her role as Tiffany Mitchell in the BBC‘s EastEnders that she is best remembered for. McCutcheon was written out of the series at the end of 1998 to embark on a pop career, this time as a solo artist.

She had success with her No. 1 single “Perfect Moment“. She released three albums to varying degrees of success, but her pop career stalled due to the poor reception of her third album in 2002. She has since appeared in various television programmes, in films such as Love Actually as Natalie, and on stage in My Fair Lady, where her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle won her a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002. She released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000. McCutcheon is now regular panelist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women.

Early life[edit]

McCutcheon was born as Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting[1] at the Salvation Army Mothers’ Hospital in Hackney, London, when her mother, Jenny Tomlin, was 19.

At the age of 10, Martine took her stepfather’s surname when her mother met and married window cleaner John McCutcheon. Martine McCutcheon has a younger half-brother LJ.


Early career[edit]

At the age of 12, McCutcheon obtained her first acting role and was paid £350 to appear in an American television commercial for the drink Kool-Aid, which was followed by modelling assignments and bit parts in TV shows such as in the ITV police drama The Bill.[2] She also appeared in the music video for the song “Caribbean Blue” by Irish singer Enya. By the time she was 15, she was part of an all-girl group, Milan, with two fellow pupils and landed a record contract and a gig touring as the warm-up act for the British boyband, East 17. Milan were reasonably successful, they entered the dance charts three times, but not successful enough to make a living and they disbanded.[2]


In 1994, while working as a shopgirl at Knickerbox, McCutcheon was offered the role of Tiffany Raymond on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. McCutcheon took inspiration and advice from her mother on how to play the part.[2] The role of Tiffany grew, as did McCutcheon’s popularity, and 22 million viewers tuned in to see her final scenes in Albert Square in 1998 when her character was killed in a special episode screened on New Year’s Eve.[3]

Pop career[edit]

McCutcheon’s first appearance in the charts occurred in 1995 on a minor dance song “Are You Man Enough” with the dance producers Uno Clio. A promotional video was produced. In 1999, McCutcheon debuted as a solo pop artist with Virgin Records and scored a No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart with the ballad “Perfect Moment” (originally recorded by Edyta Górniak in 1997). That same year she had two more Top 10 entries, reaching No. 6 with two singles: “I’ve Got You” and later with “Talking in Your Sleep“, which featured the double A-sideLove Me“, an album track that was re-recorded for the Children in Need appeal with all proceeds being donated to that cause. All three singles were taken from her debut album, You Me & Us, which peaked at No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum.[citation needed]

In 2000, McCutcheon released her second album, Wishing, which was less successful, charting at No. 25 in the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned two singles – the No. 2 hit “I’m Over You” and the follow up song, a cover of the Donna Summer classic “On the Radio”. Despite peaking at only No. 25, the album still managed to sell around 250,000 copies. McCutcheon released her third album, Musicality, a Broadway influenced cover album, in 2002. It reached No. 55 in the albums charts, however her pop career stalled when, due to poor sales, her recording contract was cancelled.[2]

A 2CD best of album called The Collection was released in September 2012. [4]

Film, stage and television[edit]

McCutcheon film an Activia advert (2010)

McCutcheon appeared in ITV’s The Knock as well as the British film Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) in 2000. She went on to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre in London. Despite missing many performances (citing health problems) and withdrawing nearly five months early from the production’s transfer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,[5] she won Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2002 ceremony.

In 2002, McCutcheon presented the National Music Awards for ITV1 and in 2003 she featured in her only major film role. She appeared as tea-lady Natalie in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually, where the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) falls in love with McCutcheon’s character. The film received good reviews and was a box office success. McCutcheon went to America in the wake of the film’s success, but a Hollywood career did not materialise. She did however, win MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer.[citation needed]

In September 2005, she appeared in two episodes of hit BBC drama series Spooks. Screened on the UK television station ITV1 in December 2005, McCutcheon appeared in The English Harem, playing a woman in love with a Muslim man (Art Malik), who marries him despite knowing he already has two wives. That same year she presented and performed on ITV’s entertainment programme, Moviemusic Mania. In 2007, McCutcheon was seen in two independent films, Withdrawal opposite Patrick Swayze and Jump!, as well as the Agatha Christie’s Marple television series episode “At Bertram’s Hotel”,.. She was also a judge in the second series of ITV1’s Soapstar Superstar. Her appearance on the show drew criticism, with reports alleging that she was becoming a hate figure for the contestants, who were said to have found her comments relentlessly critical and at times patronising.[6] She performed in an Art Plus fundraising event at the Whitechapel Art Gallery opposite Natalie Press, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans and in January 2008 she starred alongside actor Jason Donovan, in the ITV soap Echo Beach as character Susan Penwarden.[7]

Other work[edit]

McCutcheon released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000, and in 2003 Martine McCutcheon: Behind the Scenes – A Personal Diary, was published by HarperCollins. McCutcheon was one of many celebrities that featured in a promotional film for London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in 2004. A fitness DVD, Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body, was released in December 2005.

In August 2006, the supermarket chain, Tesco, announced that they would be using McCutcheon in a series of adverts to promote a new green scheme for recycling used plastic carrier bags.[8] In 2009, she had her first novel, The Mistress, published by Pan MacMillan.[9] In January 2010, she became the face on Danone‘s UK advertising campaign for its Activia yogurt brand.[10]

In Autumn 2016, McCutcheon was announced as one of the new guest panelists for series 21 of Loose Women. McCutcheon made her debut as a regular panelist on 8 September.

Personal life[edit]

McCutcheon was engaged to DJ Gareth Cooke, but broke off the relationship in 1996.[11] She married singer Jack McManus[12] at Lake Como in September 2012.[13] The couple had been dating since 2009.[14] On 4 February 2015, McCutcheon gave birth to a son, Rafferty Jack McManus.[15]

In July 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Bolton for her services to entertainment.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Martine McCutcheon: This Is My Moment Herself TV movie documentary
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Mia
2002 Martine Herself TV movie
2003 Love Actually Natalie 2004 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
2005 The English Harem Tracy Pringle TV movie
2006 Withdrawal Bonnie Short
2008 Jump! Liuba Halsman
2013 The Home Office Jane TV movie
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Bluebirds Mandy 6 episodes
1991 The Bill Paper Girls Season 7, Episode 53 “Skeletons”
1992 Amanda Jones Season 8, Episode 57 “A Scandalous Act”
1995–1998 EastEnders Tiffany Mitchell 364 episodes
1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress
1999 British Soap Award for Best Storyline (shared with Matthew Robinson)
Nominated – 1999 British Soap Award for Best Exit
2000 The Knock Jenny Foster Season 5, Episode 2
2005 Spooks Tash Season 4, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2007 Agatha Christie’s Marple Jane Cooper Season 3, Episode 1 “At Bertram’s Hotel”
Soapstar Superstar Herself/Judge Series 2
2008 Echo Beach Susan Penwarden Season 1, 12 episodes
Moving Wallpaper Herself Season 1, 4 episodes (uncredited)
Moving Wallpaper: The Mole Herself Short, Season 1, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2012 Let’s Get Gold Herself/Judge
2013 Midsomer Murders Debbie Moffett Season 15, Episode 6 “Schooled in Murder”
2016– Loose Women Herself/panelist Series 21- present
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body Herself Fitness DVD


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
You Me & Us 2
  • UK: 600,000
  • WW: 800,000
  • Released: 13 November 2000
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • UK: 250,000
  • WW: 300,000
  • Released: 2 December 2002
  • Label: Liberty
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • UK: 60,000
  • WW: 60,000

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
The Collection[19]


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Perfect Moment 1999 1 100 3 You Me & Us
“I’ve Got You” 6 17
Talking in Your Sleep“/”Love Me 6 26
“I’m Over You” 2000 2 23 Wishing
On the Radio 2001 7 18
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
Mamma Mia 1999 ABBAmania
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly 2001 My Fair Lady (2001 London Cast Recording)
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Dreamed a Dream 2002 101 Songs From The Musicals



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Sofía Vergara
Vergara attends the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner reception, May 2014

Vergara in May 2014
Born Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara
(1972-07-10) July 10, 1972 (age 44)
Barranquilla, Colombia
Citizenship Colombian
Occupation Actress, comedian, model, television host, producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Joe Gonzalez (m. 1991; div. 1993)
Joe Manganiello (m. 2015)
Children 1

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish pronunciation: [soˈfi.a βerˈɣaɾa]; born July 10, 1972)[1][2] is a Colombian-American actress and model.

Vergara rose to prominence while co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi (2003). Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers (2005) and two Tyler Perry films: Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009), receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. Vergara’s success on television has earned her roles in films The Smurfs (2011), New Year’s Eve (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Machete Kills (2013), Chef (2014), and Hot Pursuit (2015). In 2012, 2013, and 2016, she was the top-earning actress on US television.[3]

Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[4][not in citation given]

Early life

Vergara was born to a Roman Catholic family[5] in Barranquilla.[6] Her mother, Margarita Vergara de Vergara, was a homemaker, and her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, was a cattle rancher for the meat industry.[7][8][9] She was nicknamed “Toti” by her five siblings and many cousins.[10] Vergara initially studied three years of dentistry at a university in Colombia, but left two semesters away from her degree to pursue opportunities in modeling and show business.[7][11] She subsequently moved to Miami, Florida, leaving behind unrest in Colombia, where her older brother Rafael was murdered in 1998 during an attempt to kidnap him.[6][7][10][12] Her cousin and adopted sister, Sandra, is also a television actress in the United States.[13][14]


Vergara at the 2009 American Music Awards

Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was quickly presented with offers of modeling and television work.[15] Vergara was “apprehensive about doing her first television commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission to take the assignment.”[16] Vergara made her first appearance, aged 17, in a Pepsi commercial which was aired in Latin America.[17]

Vergara in February 2011

Vergara at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

She then began studies at the Creative Workshops School of Acting, where Gloria Estefan also trained.[18]

In 2011, Vergara was supposed to star in The Paperboy, an independent drama directed by Lee Daniels. When shooting was delayed for a week and conflicted with her shooting schedule for the third season of Modern Family, she dropped out.[19]

In July 2011, she finished filming the Farrelly brothersThe Three Stooges, which was her first major leading role in a film. Vergara said, “I play a mean woman that tries to manipulate the Three Stooges into killing her husband so that she gets all the money.”[20]

In April 2012, she appeared in her son Manolo’s YouTube web series Vida con Toty.[21] Vergara was the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, earning $19 million for the previous 12 months on a list released by on July 18, 2012.[22][23] Vergara was named one of People magazine’s “50 most beautiful people” and named by the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard as one of the most influential Latin women in Hollywood.[24]

Vergara received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 7, 2015.[25]

In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Vergara and others told the stories of the people killed there.[26][27]

She stars on the ABC sitcom Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.[28]


In 2011, Vergara was named the face of CoverGirl, with the first advertisements appearing in January 2012.[24] In April 2011, Vergara appeared in a Diet Pepsi commercial with David Beckham[29] and another in January 2012.[30]

In 2011, it was announced that Vergara is designing a clothing line for Kmart targeting soccer moms[31] and appeared in a number of commercials for Comcast‘s Xfinity brand and State Farm.[32]

In 2013, she signed endorsement contracts with Diet Pepsi, Rooms To Go, and medicine Synthroid.[3]

Personal life

Vergara at the 2015 PaleyFest for Modern Family

Vergara was married at the age of 18 to her high-school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez.[6] They have a son named Manolo born September 1992.[33] They divorced in 1993.[6]

Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. She had her thyroid removed, underwent radioiodine therapy, and made a full recovery.[34] She takes medication to prevent hypothyroidism.[35]

On May 9, 2011, Vergara’s younger brother Julio was deported from the United States to Colombia after being arrested in April that year; Julio also had a longtime drug addiction and previous brushes with the law.[36][37] Vergara told Parade magazine, “To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that’s the worst punishment. Now he’s like another person.”[38]

On July 10, 2012, it was reported that Vergara and her boyfriend Nicholas M. Loeb were engaged.[39][40][41] On May 23, 2014, Vergara announced that the engagement had been called off.[42]

In July 2014, it was reported that Vergara began dating True Blood star Joe Manganiello.[43] The pair became engaged on Christmas Day 2014 after dating for six months.[44] They married in Palm Beach, Florida on November 21, 2015.[45][46]

Vergara has naturally blonde hair, although she is sometimes asked to dye it brown to make her characters look more stereotypically Hispanic.[47][48]

During her December 2014 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Vergara revealed that she had become a United States citizen after getting a perfect score on her citizenship test.[49][50][51]

In 2015, Forbes estimated Vergara’s annual income at $28.5 million.[52] As of September 2016, Forbes reported that Vergara was the highest paid actress in television, bringing in $43 million in the past year. [53]

Embryo lawsuit

On May 1, 2015, it was reported that Vergara and her former fiance Loeb were in dispute regarding the future of two embryos.[54] These embryos were produced by in vitro fertilization while they were together[54] and are in storage in cryopreservation in a medical clinic in California.[55] In December 2016, a right-to-live lawsuit against Vergara was initiated in Louisiana by three plaintiffs, namely Vergara’s embryos, named “Emma” and “Isabella”, and their “trustee”, James Charbonnet.[56][55] The purpose of the suit is to give the embryos a chance to further develop using a surrogate carrier, hence to be born, and to benefit from an inheritance trust that had been created for them and is administered by Charbonnet.[56][55] While a contract between Vergara and Loeb had been signed prior to the creation of the embryos stipulating that neither party could use the embryos without the consent of the other, the lawsuit tries to void this agreement.[56] The suit also tries to terminate parental rights of Vergara because by keeping them in a tank in a medical clinic she allegedly abandoned and neglected the embryos.[55] Loeb is not part of the law suit.[55] The legal case is novel and takes advantage of Louisiana’s embryo laws.[55]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Big Trouble Nina
2003 Chasing Papi Cici
2004 The 24th Day Isabella
2004 Soul Plane Blanca
2005 Lords of Dogtown Amelia
2005 Four Brothers Sofi
2006 Grilled Loridonna
2006 National Lampoon’s Pledge This! Herself
2008 Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns Cheryl
2009 Madea Goes to Jail T.T.
2011 The Smurfs Odile Anjelou
2011 New Year’s Eve[57] Ava
2011 Happy Feet Two Carmen Voice role
2012 The Three Stooges Lydia Harter
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Gabby Babblebrook Voice role
2013 Fading Gigolo Selima
2013 Machete Kills Madame Desdemona
2014 Chef Inez
2015 Wild Card D. D.
2015 Hot Pursuit Daniella Riva Also executive producer
2016 The Brits Are Coming In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Acapulco, cuerpo y alma Irasema
1995–1998 Fuera de serie Herself Co-host
1999 A que no te atreves Herself Co-host
1999 Baywatch Herself Episode: “Boys will be Boys”
2002 My Wife and Kids Selma Episode: “Samba Story”
2004 Eve April Perez Episode: “Party All the Time”
2004 Rodney Carmen Episode: “Dream Lover”
2005 Hot Properties Lola Hernandez Main role (13 episodes)
2005 Punk’d[58] Herself Season 5, episode 4
2007 Entourage Village Girl Episode: “Welcome to the Jungle”
2007 Amas de Casa Desesperadas Alicia Oviedo 23 episodes
2007 The Knights of Prosperity Esperanza Villalobos Main role (13 episodes)
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Sofía Montoya 4 episodes
2008 Fuego en la sangre Leonora 10 episodes
2008 Men in Trees Pilar Romero 2 episodes
2009 Dancing with the Stars Herself Guest appearance
2009–present Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Main role
2012 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: “Sofia Vergara/One Direction
2013 The Cleveland Show Señora Chalupa Episode: “The Essence of Cleveland” (voice)
2013 Family Guy Flower Saleswoman / Hispanic Woman Episode: “The Giggity Wife” (voice)
2014 Killer Women N/A Executive producer
2016 The Simpsons Carol Berrera Episode: “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles” (voice)



Music video

Year Title Artist
1997 “Que Diera” Carlos Vives


Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton (2009)[59]

Awards and nominations

In 2014, Vergara was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She had risen from her 2013 position at no. 38.[4][not in citation given]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble (shared with rest of cast) Four Brothers Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
ALMA Awards Best Actress in Film Madea Goes to Jail Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Modern Family Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Imagen Foundation Awards Best TV Actress[citation needed] Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[citation needed] Won
Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Film Actress The Smurfs Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting TV Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Supporting Role The Three Stooges Nominated
Favorite TV Actress in a Leading Role Modern Family Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Glamour Awards Comedy Actress N/A Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
People’s Choice Award Favorite TV Comedy Actress Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Funny Star Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
People’s Choice Award Favorite TV Comedy Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 2016 Premios Juventud Actriz Que Se Roba La Pantalla Nominated
People’s Choice Awards Favorite Comedic TV Actress[60] Nominated
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress[60] Hot Pursuit Nominated
2017 People’s Choice Award Favorite TV Comedy Actress Modern Family Won

Torrey DeVitto

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Torrey DeVitto

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Torrey DeVitto
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DeVitto at the premiere of Killer Movie at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Torrey Joélle DeVitto
(1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 32)
Huntington, New York, United States
  • Actress
  • model
  • violinist
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Paul Wesley (m. 2011; div. 2013)[1]
Parent(s) Liberty DeVitto
Mary DeVitto

Torrey Joélle DeVitto (born June 8, 1984) is an American actress, musician and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Melissa Hastings in the Freeform mystery/thriller series Pretty Little Liars, Dr. Meredith Fell in The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries and as the psycho nanny Carrie in The CW drama One Tree Hill. She also played Maggie Hall in the Lifetime drama Army Wives and currently stars as Dr. Natalie Manning in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med.

Early life[edit]

DeVitto was born and raised in Huntington on Long Island, New York and Winter Park, Florida. Her parents are Mary (née Torrey) and Liberty DeVitto; her father was a long-time drummer for Billy Joel. They met in 1983. Her mother had been Stevie Nicks‘s best friend since the late 1970s and met DeVitto’s father when he was the drummer on Nicks’ Wild Heart Tour. On the day of her birth, Joel was performing at the Wembley Arena and made a special note before beginning “The Longest Time” that DeVitto’s wife was having a baby, causing a standing ovation for DeVitto, who was playing the drums at the concert. She was named Torrey after her mother’s maiden name. She has two younger sisters, Devon and Maryelle. Her sister Maryelle was a contestant in the Discovery Kids reality competition show Endurance. As a child, DeVitto spent a lot of time touring with her parents.

She attended Fort Salonga Elementary School, part of Kings Park Central School District. When DeVitto was six years old, she took violin lessons and when she was in the fourth grade, she earned her place as the fourth chair violinist in a high school band. When DeVitto was twelve years old, she played a solo violin piece at Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook’s wedding. After graduating from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida, she spent her summer in Japan working as a model and had earlier spent time in Chicago.[2]


DeVitto started her career by working in commercials, which she described to be a “stepping stone to get to TV and film jobs.”[3] She was signed to Ford and Avenue One modeling agencies, but in 2002, she realized her future was not in modeling and chose to pursue a career in acting. Staying true to her love of music in 2002, she played violin with the Tommy Davidson Band at the Sunset Room in Hollywood. She also played violin on Raphael Saadiq‘s 2004 album, Ray Ray, as well as Stevie Nicks‘ 2011 album In Your Dreams.[4] Afterwards, DeVitto felt that acting was her “strongest passion and takes precedence over music”, but she hopes that she “can do more with it in the future.”[3]

DeVitto co-starred in the ABC Family drama Beautiful People as aspiring model Karen Kerr from 2005 to 2006. She also appeared in the 2006 horror film sequel I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer as Zoe.[5] She has guest-starred on Drake & Josh, Scrubs, Jack & Bobby and had a small part in the romantic drama short film Forbidden Love. Her movie role debut was in the drama short film Starcrossed, which tells about brothers, who develop a sexual attraction to one another. Later she starred as L.A. actress Sierra Young in the comedy Heber Holiday and co-starred in the comedy-drama Green Flash with David Charvet and Kristin Cavallari.[5][6] She co-starred Phoebe Hilldale in the horror comedy Killer Movie with her then-future husband Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco and Gloria Votsis. During the fifth and sixth seasons of The CW drama One Tree Hill, DeVitto played psycho nanny Carrie.

She was in Will.I.Am‘s Vote Obama video “We Are The Ones”. In 2010, DeVitto began a recurring role as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family mystery/thriller series Pretty Little Liars based on Sara Shepard‘s book series of the same name.[7] On November 10, 2011, DeVitto was confirmed to have a recurring role in the CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries as Dr. Meredith Fell, who is fascinated by Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis), when she notices how quickly he recovers from an injury.[8][9] In November 2012, it was reported that she had signed on to star as Maggie Hall in the seventh season of the Lifetime drama Army Wives.[10] On September 24, 2013, Lifetime announced the show’s cancellation, it honored it with a two-hour retrospective special with the cast members which aired in 2014.[11]

In August 2015, DeVitto signed on to star in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med. She was cast as Dr. Natalie Manning, the ED pediatrician.[12]

Personal life[edit]

DeVitto and Wesley in 2012.

DeVitto began dating her Killer Movie co-star Paul Wesley in 2007. They married in a private ceremony in New York City in April 2011.[13] From early 2012 to early 2013, DeVitto had a recurring role on The CW fantasy drama The Vampire Diaries, which Wesley stars in. They filed for divorce in July 2013 after two years of marriage.[14] They “have decided to amicably split. They will continue to remain good friends,” Wesley’s rep confirmed to People magazine.[15] The divorce was finalized in December 2013.[16] In 2016, she began dating Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev.[17]

Charity work[edit]

In addition to acting and music, DeVitto contributes to various humanitarian causes. She appeared in one PETA ad to promote virtual dissection in science classes at both the collegiate and secondary-school levels, and in another encouraging consumers to wear faux leather.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Starcrossed Maura
2006 I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Zoe Warner Lead
2007 Heber Holiday Sierra Young aka. Shooting Star
2008 Killer Movie Phoebe Hilldale
Green Flash Mia Fonseca
2011 The Rite Nina
2012 Cheesecake Casserole Margo
2013 Evidence Leann
2016 Stevie D Daria Laurentis
2016 Amy Makes Three Carla Forrest Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Dawson’s Creek Girl #1 Episode 6.19: “Lovelines
Scrubs Gorgeous Girl with Dog Episode 3.03: “My White Whale
2004–05 Drake & Josh Denise Woods / Tori Recurring role, 3 episodes
2005 The King of Queens Traci Episode 7.09: “Cologne Ranger
Jack & Bobby Tiffany Episode 1.17: “Querida Grace”
2005–06 Beautiful People Karen Kerr Main role (Season 1: 16 episodes)
2006 Runaway Soccer Coach Episode 1.08: “End Game” (uncredited)[citation needed]
2008 CSI: Miami Kelly Chapman Episode 6.14: “You May Now Kill the Bride
2008–09 One Tree Hill Carrie Recurring role (Season 5–6: 14 episodes)
2009 Castle Sierra Goodwin Episode 2.03: “Inventing the Girl
2010–17 Pretty Little Liars Melissa Hastings Recurring role (Season 1–7; 40 episodes)
2011 Marcy Torrey Episode 1.01: “Marcy Does Yoga”
2012 The Real St. Nick Kate Lifetime TV movie
2012–13 The Vampire Diaries Dr. Meredith Fell Recurring role (Seasons 3–4: 12 episodes)
2013 Army Wives Maggie Hall Main role (Season 7: 13 episodes)
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Susan McDowell / Kitty Episode 14.21: “Kitty”
2014 Major Crimes Nicole Episode 3.13: “Acting Out”
2014 Stalker Elaine Episode: Pilot
2014 Best Christmas Party Ever[20] Jennie Stanton Hallmark Channel TV movie
2015–present Chicago Med Dr. Natalie Manning Main role
2016-present Chicago P.D. Dr. Natalie Manning Recurring role
2017-present Chicago Fire Dr. Natalie Manning Recurring role

Ashley Austin Morris

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Ashley Austin Morris

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Ashley Austin Morris
Born Ashley Sue Morris
San Antonio, Texas
Nationality American
Occupation Comedian, playwright, actress
Years active 2004–present
Known for Francine Carruthers on The Electric Company

Ashley Austin Morris (born Ashley Sue Morris,[1] in San Antonio, Texas) is an American comedian, playwright, and stage, television, and film actress. She is best known for her role as Francine Carruthers in the revival of the PBS Kids children’s series The Electric Company, which ran from 2009 to 2011.[2][3]


After finishing high school, Morris joined a comedy troupe called “Viva La Vulva!” and contributed to the group’s writing and sketch comedy.[2] The following year, she enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and co-starred in a production called Be Good, Daniel, a short comedy romance. She also wrote Libido Limbo, a play about Lady M, Nora, Blanche, and Medea being trapped in purgatory and being saved by Hillary Clinton, which was a finalist at Atlanta‘s Young Playwrights Festival.[4][5][6]

Morris moved to New York City after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and landed roles in off-Broadway productions, first as Edith in Die, Mommie, Die![2][7] and then in Paper Dolls.[8][9] She also performed stand-up comedy and starred for three seasons as Francine Carruthers, the leader of the Pranksters and a character with a very high opinion of herself and the power to generate violet word balls, in the 2009-2011 revival of The Electric Company, an educational children’s program that employed sketch comedy and other entertaining devices to help elementary school children develop their grammar and reading skills and shown on the Public Broadcasting Service .

While performing on The Electric Company, Morris continued to also act on stage, including in the New York City off-Broadway productions Isabel and Bees, Love, Loss, and What I Wore,[10][11] and In the Daylight,[12][13] and appeared in episodes of the television shows Ugly Betty, The Good Wife, and Gravity.

After The Electric Company stopped making new episodes, she joined the rotating cast of Reading Under the Influence,[14][15][16][17] and appeared in episodes of The Big Bang Theory and Desperate Housewives.

She was also in the video for “K.I.A. (Killed in Action)” from the album Shaka Rock by Jet,[18] and had roles in the movies Premium Rush, Art Machine, Generation Um, Putzel, and Joke Writer, and has a role in the forthcoming Sully. She has also continued to perform stand-up comedy routines, mainly in New York City.

Selected appearances[edit]


Date of U.S. Release Name Role Notes
May 28, 2004 Be Good, Daniel (short) Maggie North Carolina School of the Arts
August 24, 2012 Premium Rush receptionist Columbia Pictures
October 12, 2012 Art Machine brunette Pie Face Pictures
May 13, 2013 Generation Um… girl date independent
April 8, 2014 Putzel Naomi Stouthearted Films
2014 Joke Writer Jess independent
September 9, 2016
(announced date)
Sully Emily Warner Brothers


Date Name Role Production Company/Notes
October 10, 2007 (previews)
October 21, 2007 (official) – January 2008
Die, Mommie, Die! Edith Arden
August 13, 2008 – August 23, 2008 Paper Dolls Lively Productions and Métropole Ink
New York International Fringe Festival
Fringe Award for Outstanding Ensemble
September 8, 2009 (preview)
September 20, 2009 (official) – October 11, 2009
In the Daylight Charlotte Fontaine
June 30, 2010 – July 25, 2010 Love, Loss, and What I Wore also performed in San Jose, Cal. during 2013
April 6, 2011 (previews)
April 16, 2011 (official) – May 29, 2011
Reading Under the Influence Kerry


Date First Aired Name Episode Role Network or
Production Company
October 23, 2008 Ugly Betty Granny Pants (season 3, episode 5) Harmony ABC
January 19, 2009 Electric Company 3 seasons, 52 episodes Francine Carruthers Children’s Television Workshop (PBS)
May 7, 2010 Gravity (TV series) One Cold Swim Away (season 1, episode 3) Naomi Starz
November 16, 2010 The Good Wife Bad Girls (season 2, episode 7) Corey Lutz CBS
August 28, 2011 I Just Want My Pants Back (pilot) Jocoby MTV
November 10, 2011 The Big Bang Theory The Ornithophobia Diffusion (season 5, episode 9) Laura CBS
March 25, 2012 Desperate Housewives Any Moment (season 8, episode 18) Mary Beth ABC
February 15, 2013 It Could Be Worse What’s Your Secret? (season 1, episode 3) Lisa Four A.M. Productions
March 4, 2013 Gracious Café Detox (season 1, episode 3) Ansley
November 10, 2013 Think Tank Job Creation (episode 1)
Panda Copulation (episode 3)
Prostitution (episode 4)
Hannah A&E (web site)
2017 Amero Squad Season 1 Agent Ashley (Female Version of Agent Otto) CBS (First-Run)
PBS (Second-Run)

Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o
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Nyong’o at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Lupita Amondi Nyong’o[1]
(1983-03-01) March 1, 1983 (age 34)
Mexico City, Mexico
  • Kenyan
  • Mexican
Alma mater Hampshire College
Yale School of Drama
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Parent(s) Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o
Dorothy Nyong’o
Relatives Isis Nyong’o (cousin)
Tavia Nyong’o (cousin)
Awards Full list

Lupita Amondi Nyong’o (Kenyan English[luˈpiːtɑː ˈɲɔːŋɔ], Spanish: [luˈpita ˈɲoŋo (ˈɲoŋgo)]; born March 1, 1983)[2] is a Kenyan actress. She was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya.[3] She attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College.

Nyong’o began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009). Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes.[1] She then pursued a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Soon after her graduation, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen‘s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.[4][5][6]

Nyong’o made her Broadway debut as a teenage orphan in the critically acclaimed play Eclipsed (2015), where she received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination for her performance.[7]

Early life and background[edit]

Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, Mexico,[8][9][10] to Kenyan parents, Dorothy[11] and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a college professor turned politician.[12] Nyong’o identifies as Kenyan-Mexican and has dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship.[13] She is of Luo descent on both sides of her family, and she is the second of six children.[14] It is a tradition of the Luo people to name a child after the events of the day, so her parents gave her a Spanish name, Lupita (a diminutive of Guadalupe).[15] Her father is a former Minister for Medical Services in the Kenyan government. At the time of her birth, he was a visiting lecturer in political science at El Colegio de México in Mexico City,[14][16] and her family had been living in Mexico for three years.

Nyong’o and her family moved back to their native Kenya when she was less than one year old,[15][17] as her father was appointed a professor at the University of Nairobi.[14] She grew up primarily in Kenya, and describes her upbringing as “middle class, suburban”.[16] When she was sixteen, her parents sent her to Mexico for seven months to learn Spanish.[15][18] During those seven months, Nyong’o lived in Taxco, Guerrero, and took classes at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México‘s Learning Center for Foreigners.[18] Her family was later forced to leave Kenya because of political unrest. Her uncle, Charles Nyong’o, disappeared after he was thrown off a ferry in 1980.[12]

Nyong’o grew up in an artistic family, where family get-togethers often included performances by the children in the family, and trips to see plays.[19] She attended Rusinga International school in Kenya and acted in school plays.[11] At age 14, Nyong’o made her professional acting debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet[11] in a production by the Nairobi-based repertory company Phoenix Players.[16][19] While a member of the Phoenix Players, Nyong’o also performed in the plays On The Razzle and There Goes The Bride.[20] Nyong’o cites the performances of American actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple with inspiring her to pursue a professional acting career.[21][22]

Nyong’o later attended St. Mary’s School in Nairobi, where she received an IB Diploma in 2001 before attending college in the United States.[23] She graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in film and theatre studies.[24]


Early work[edit]

Nyong’o started her career working as part of the production crew for several films, including Fernando Meirelles‘s The Constant Gardener (2005), Mira Nair‘s The Namesake (2006) and Salvatore Stabile’s Where God Left His Shoes (2007).[25] She cites Ralph Fiennes, the star of The Constant Gardener, as someone who inspired her to pursue a professional acting career.[16]

In 2008, Nyong’o starred in the short film “East River“, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn.[26] She returned to Kenya that same year and appeared in the Kenyan television series Shuga, an MTV Base Africa/UNICEF drama about HIV/AIDS prevention.[25] In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the discriminatory treatment of Kenya’s albino population.[14] It played at several film festivals and won first prize at the 2008 Five College Film Festival.[25] Nyong’o also directed the music video The Little Things You Do by Wahu, featuring Bobi Wine,[25] which was nominated for the Best Video Award at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009.[25]

Nyong’o went on to enroll herself in a master’s degree program in acting at the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, she appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein‘s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov‘s Uncle Vanya, and William Shakespeare‘s The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale.[27] While at Yale, she won the Herschel Williams Prize for “acting students with outstanding ability” during the 2011–12 academic year.[1]

Acting breakthrough[edit]

Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender at the 2013 New York Film Festival

Immediately after graduating from Yale, Nyong’o landed her breakthrough role[28] when she was cast for Steve McQueen‘s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013).[16][19] The film, which met with wide critical acclaim, tells the historical account of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwitel Ejiofor), a free-born African American man of upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Washington, DC in 1841.

Nyong’o played the role of Patsey, a slave who works alongside Northup at a Louisiana cotton plantation; her performance met with rave reviews.[29] Ian Freer of Empire wrote that she “gives one of the most committed big-screen debuts imaginable,” and critic Peter Travers added that she “is a spectacular young actress who imbues Patsey with grit and radiant grace”.[30][31] Nyong’o was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won.[32] She was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar, and the first Mexican to win the award.[33][34] She also became the fifteenth actress to win an Oscar for a debut performance in a feature film.[35]

Following a supporting role in the action-thriller Non-Stop (2014), Nyong’o co-starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as force sensitivespace pirate Maz Kanata, a CGI character created using motion capture technology.[36][37] Nyong’o said that she had wanted to play a role where her appearance was not relevant, and that the acting provided a different challenge than her role as Patsey.[38] Scott Mendelson of Forbes, found Nyong’o’s role as “the center of the film’s best sequence,” and Stephanie Zacharek of Time called her a “delightful minor character”.[39][40] Nyong’o was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress at the 42nd Saturn Awards and Best Virtual Performance at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards for her role.[41][42]

Eclipsed and beyond[edit]

The year 2015 saw Nyong’o make a return to stage with a starring role as an unnamed girl in the play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira.[43] The play takes place during the chaos of the Second Liberian Civil War, where the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a community, until the balance of their lives are upset by the arrival of a new girl (played by Nyong’o). Eclipsed became The Public Theater‘s fastest-selling new production in recent history.[44] The play premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre the following year.[45] The production became the first play with an all-black and female creative cast and crew to premiere at Broadway.[46][47] Nyong’o said that she understudied the play at Yale in 2009 and was terrified to play the character on stage.[48] Her performance met with critical acclaim. The New York Times critic Charles Isherwood called Nyong’o “one of the most radiant young actors to be seen on Broadway in recent seasons, shines with a compassion that makes us see beyond the suffering to the indomitable humanity of its characters.”[49] Nyong’o’s performance in Eclipsed earned her a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, an Obie Award for a Distinguished Performance by an Ensemble, and a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In addition, she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Award.[50][51][52][53][54] Nyong’o revealed in her Lenny Letter that she turned down Hollywood films in order to bring Eclipsed to life on Broadway.[55]

Nyong’o co-starred in Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book (2016), a live-action/animated movie, voicing Raksha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli (played by Neel Sethi).[56] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph wrote in his review that Nyong’o brought a “gentle dignity” to her role.[57] Nyong’o then starred in Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe (2016), a biopic based on the true story about the rise of a young Ugandan chess prodigy,[58] Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga), who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads. Nyong’o played Phiona’s protective mother, Nakku Harriet.[59] Her performance was praised by critics.

Nyong’o will reprise her role as space pirate Maz Kanata in Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). The following year, she will star opposite Chadwick Boseman as Dora Milaje Nakia in Ryan Coogler‘s upcoming Black Panther (2018) film. Her character was revealed at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.[60]

Personal life[edit]

Nyong’o at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Nyong’o resides in Brooklyn, New York.[61] She is fluent in Spanish, Luo, English, and Swahili.[18] On February 27, 2014, at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills, she gave a speech on the beauty of black women and talked about the insecurities she had as a teenager. She said her views changed when she saw South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek become successful.[62] She mentioned receiving the following letter from a girl she had inspired in turn:

“I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”

— Lupita Nyong’o quoting a letter written to her by an unidentified little girl from Africa[63]

In 2013, her father was elected to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate.[15] Nyong’o’s mother is the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and her own communications company.[19][20] Other family members include: Tavia Nyong’o, a scholar and professor at New York University; Dr. Omondi Nyong’o, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Palo Alto, CA; Kwame Nyong’o, one of Kenya’s leading animators and leading technology expert; Isis Nyong’o, a media and technology leader who was named one of Africa’s most powerful young women by Forbes magazine.[64][65]

In 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recruited Nyong’o in an effort to oppose development, including a new minor league baseball stadium, in the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, Virginia.[66] The historic neighborhood, one of Richmond’s oldest, was the site of major slave-trading before the American Civil War. On October 19, 2014, Nyong’o sent a letter to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, which she posted on social media sites, asking him to withdraw support for the development proposal.[67]

In June 2015, Nyong’o returned to Kenya and announced that she will advocate globally for elephants with the international conservation organization WildAid, as well as promote women’s issues, acting and the arts in Kenya. WildAid announced Nyong’o as their Global Elephant Ambassador.[68]

Nyong’o is involved in the organization Mother Health International, which is dedicated to providing relief to women and children in Uganda by creating locally engaged birthing centers. She said she’d never thought much about birthing practices until her sister introduced her to MHI executive director Rachel Zaslow. Nyong’o felt bringing attention to such important but overlooked issues is a mandate for her as an artist. She was honored for her work at 2016 Variety‘s Power of Women.[69]

In April 2016, Nyong’o launched an anti-poaching “hearts and minds” campaign with her organization Wildaid in advance of Kenya Wildlife Service‘s history-making ivory burn that occurred April 30. The Kenyan government burned 105 tonnes of Ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn in a demonstration of their zero tolerance approach to poachers and smugglers who were threatening the survival of elephants and rhinoceros in the wild.[70][71]

In the media[edit]

Nyong’o on the cover of Ms. magazine.

Nyong’o was mentioned in Christian rapper Lecrae‘s song “Nuthin'” from his 2014 album Anomaly and was referenced by Jay Z in his verse from Jay Electronica‘s song “We Made It”. She was also mentioned in the parody song “American Apparel Ad Girls” by the drag queens Willam Belli, Courtney Act and Alaska Thunderfuck.[72] Nyong’o was mentioned in the 2015 African song Nerea by Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol.[73]

On 2014, she was chosen as one of the faces for Miu Miu‘s spring campaign, with Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote. She has also appeared on the covers of several magazines, including New York’s spring fashion issue[74] and the UK magazine Dazed & Confused.[75] She has also been a regular on Harper’s Bazaar‘s Derek Blasberg‘s best dressed listing since the autumn of 2013.[19] The same year, Nyong’o was named “The Most Beautiful Woman” by People and “Woman of the Year” by Glamour.[76][77] Nyong’o was announced as the new face of Lancôme in 2014, making her the first black woman to appear on the brand.[78]

Nyong’o was on the July 2014 cover of Vogue, making her the second African woman[79] and ninth black woman[80] to cover the magazine. Nyong’o also appeared on the cover of July’s issue of Elle (France). She appeared on other covers of magazines such as, March’s issue of Lucky Magazine, Harper’s Baazar’s (United Kingdom) May issue, Spanish Magazine MujerHoy, Paris Match, Elle (Indonesia), and Glamour (South Africa). She appeared on the American October ’15 issue of Vogue, making it her second cover in a row.[81]

On October 20, 2015, Congressman Charles Rangel and Voza Rivers, the head of the New Heritage Theatre Group, announced the day is officially “Lupita Nyong’o Day” in Harlem, New York. The honor was announced as a surprise during an open discussion between Nyong’o and image activist Michaela Angela Davis at Mist Harlem.[82]

In May 2016, Nyong’o was honored with a caricature portrait at Sardi’s restaurant in New York City for her debut on Broadway.[83] Later, she was chosen as one of the first celebrities, alongside with Elle Fanning, Christy Turlington Burns, and Natalie Westling to star in Tiffany & Co.‘s Fall ’16 campaign styled by Grace Coddington.[84]

Nyong’o appeared on Vogue’s October ’16 cover, making it her third issue. Later, she was an honoree at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.[85]

In January 2017, she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue.[86]


As an actress[edit]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2008 East River F Marc Grey Short film
2013 12 Years a Slave Patsey Steve McQueen
2014 Non-Stop Gwen Lloyd Jaume Collet-Serra
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Maz Kanata J.J. Abrams Motion capture performance; voice
2016 The Jungle Book Raksha Jon Favreau Voice
2016 Queen of Katwe Nakku Harriet Mira Nair
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Maz Kanata Rian Johnson Motion capture performance; voice
2018 Black Panther Nakia Ryan Coogler Filming


Year Title Role Director Notes
2009–2012 Shuga Ayira Various Miniseries


Year Title Role Director Theater Notes
2015 Eclipsed The Girl Liesl Tommy The Public Theater Off-Broadway
29 September 2015 – 29 November 2015[87]
2016 John Golden Theatre Broadway
23 February 2016 – 19 June 2016[88]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Maz Kanata Voice[89]

As a crew member[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Constant Gardener Production assistant
2006 The Namesake Production assistant
2007 Where God Left His Shoes Production assistant
2009 In My Genes Director, writer, producer and editor Documentary film
The Little Things You Do Director Music video

Jennifer Ferrin

Jennifer Ferrin

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Jennifer Ferrin
Born (1979-02-25) February 25, 1979 (age 38)
Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S.
Residence Amagansett, New York
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Zachary Bliss (m. 2014)

Jennifer Ferrin (born February 25, 1979) is an American actress.

Early life[edit]

Ferrin was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She attended Brookwood High where she was the lead in many high school plays and was a member of the choir. Upon her graduation from high school, Ferrin attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama.


Ferrin played Esther, the younger Vanessa Redgrave character in The Locket, a Hallmark Hall of Fame film, and guest starred on the 2002 season finale of Dawson’s Creek. Ferrin’s most notable role to date is that of Jennifer Munson Kasnoff Donovan on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Ferrin played Jennifer from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, Ferrin landed a recurring role on the primetime show 3 LBS. In the theatre, Ferrin was one of the four actors in the US premiere productions of Patrick Barlow‘s adaptation of The 39 Steps, in Boston (2007)[1] and New York City (2008).[2]

Ferrin also played Detective Sam Tyler’s mother in the US version of Life On Mars. In January 2011, Ferrin began her role of Dana Faraday on the NBC superhero drama series The Cape. She also had a two episode stint on Royal Pains and was recurring character Molly on The Following. She portrayed Rebecca Mason, the deceased wife of lead character Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), in a dream episode of the TNT science-fiction drama series Falling Skies, on July 21, 2013; Ferrin appeared again on Falling Skies for the series’ fifth season premiere on June 28, 2015.

She became a series regular in the third season of AMC’s Hell on Wheels.[3]

Award nominations[edit]

In 2005, her portrayal of Jennifer Munson on As the World Turns earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. In 2006, Ferrin earned a second Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her continued work on As the World Turns.

Personal life[edit]

Ferrin is married to interior designer Zachary Bliss, whom she met in 2009 and wed in 2014. The couple reside in Amagansett, New York.[4]











































Rose Rollins

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Rose Rollins

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Rollins at fan convention for The L Word in 2009.
Born (1981-04-30) April 30, 1981 (age 35)
Berkeley, California, U.S
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Rose Rollins (born April 30, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Tasha Williams in the Showtime drama series, The L Word (2007-2009). In 2016, Rollins began starring as Valerie Anderson in the ABC crime drama series, The Catch.

Early life[edit]

Rollins was born in Berkeley, California.[1] She moved to New York when she worked as model, appearing on numerous commercials and major advertising campaigns.[2] She later moved to Los Angeles, when made her acting debut appearing as C. J. Cregg‘s assistant in two episodes of NBC drama series, The West Wing in 1999.[3]


In early 2000s, Rollins has had supporting roles in films 13 Moons (2002) opposite Jennifer Beals, Undisputed (2002) starring Wesley Snipes, and Something New (2006) starring Sanaa Lathan. She also appeared in Mission: Impossible III in 2006. On television, she had the recurring role in the short-lived ABC legal drama In Justice in 2006.

In 2007, Rollins joined the cast of Showtime drama series The L Word during the fourth season as Tasha Williams.[4] She starred on show to its finale in 2009. She also played Monique on the web series Girltrash! in 2007, which was directed by Angela Robinson. She later has appeared on CSI: NY and Miami Medical, before regular role opposite Kelli Giddish in the short-lived NBC police drama series, Chase produced by Jerry Bruckheimer during 2010-11 season.[5][6] In 2014, Rollins played the leading role alongside Julia Stiles in the TNT legal drama pilot Guilt by Association.[7][8]

In 2015, Rollins had the recurring role of Detective Kizmin Rider in the Amazon crime drama series, Bosch. Later that year, she was cast in the series regular role as Valerie Anderson in the ABC drama series The Catch produced by Shonda Rhimes.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 13 Moons Sanandra
2002 Undisputed Tawnee Rawlins
2006 Something New Lauren
2006 Mission: Impossible III Ellie
2006 I Thought of You Betty Davis Short film
2007 Blind Man Summer
2013 In 3 Days Ella Short film
2014 Girltrash: All Night Long Monique Shaniqua Jones
2015 Pixels White House Press Secretary


Year Title Role Notes
1999 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Suzanne Episodes: “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” and “A Proportional Response”
2004 Nikki and Nora Pilot
2005 Dr. Vegas Amanda Episode: “Babe in the Woods”
2006 In Justice Victoria Recurring role, 4 episodes
2007 Girltrash! Monique Jones Web-series, 11 episodes
2007-2009 L Word, TheThe L Word Tasha Williams Series regular, 28 episodes
2009 CSI: NY Beth Garrett Episode: “Dead Reckoning”
2010 Miami Medical Meg Baxter Episode: “Down to the Bone”
2010-2011 Chase Daisy Ogbaa Series regular, 16 episodes
2012 Southland Officer Anawalt Episode: “Underwater”
2012 NCIS Navy Lt. Comm. Megan Huffner Episode: “You Better Watch Out
2013 Nikita Ellen Crawford Episode: “Set-Up”
2014 Guilt by Association Toni LaCollette Pilot
2015 Bosch Detective Kizmin Rider Recurring role, 8 episodes
2016 The Catch Valerie Anderson Series regular

Mireille Enos

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Mireille Enos

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Mireille Enos
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Enos on the set of The Killing in March 2012
Born (1975-09-22) September 22, 1975 (age 41)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Alan Ruck (m. 2008)
Children 2

Marie Mireille Enos (/mˈr ˈnəs/;[1][2][3] born September 22, 1975) is an American actress. In 2005 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2005 Broadway production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and in 2007 joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love (2007–2010) as twins Kathy and JoDean Marquart.

Enos’ breakout role was on the AMC crime drama series, The Killing (2011–14) as Sarah Linden for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Enos starred as Karin Lane in the 2013 disaster film World War Z and also appeared in films Gangster Squad (2013), Devil’s Knot (2013), Sabotage (2014) and If I Stay (2014). In 2016, Enos is starring as lead character in the ABC legal thriller, The Catch.

Early life[edit]

Enos was born in Kansas City, Missouri.[4][5] She is the daughter of Monique, a French teacher, and Jon Goree Enos.[6] Her father is American, from Texas, and is of part Scottish ancestry. Her mother is French.[2] She moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of five, where she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Enos studied theater at Brigham Young University, graduating with a bachelor of arts in acting in 1997. While a student, she won the Irene Ryan Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., an award annually presented to the nation’s top collegiate actor.[7]



Enos made her screen acting debut in the television film Without Consent (1994).[8] She made her feature film debut with small role in the romantic comedy Someone Like You (2001) starring Ashley Judd. On television she had number of guest-starring parts in numerous shows, including Sex and the City, Strong Medicine, Rescue Me, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, CSI: Miami, Medium and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She also appeared in several stage productions. Enos appeared in the 2005 Broadway production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.[9] For her performance she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, but lost Award to Adriane Lenox.

In 2007, Enos joined the cast of the HBO drama series Big Love about a polygamous family. She played the roles of twin sisters JoDean Marquart and Kathy Marquart.[10] She was a regular cast member in the third and fourth seasons.


In 2010, Enos was cast in her first lead role in a television series: detective Sarah Linden in the AMC drama series The Killing, based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. She received critical acclaim for that performance, and the first season was praised by most critics.[11] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter in his review said “It’s not until you watch Enos play Sarah for a while that it sinks in—there hasn’t been a female American character like her probably ever.”[12] Enos received nominations for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and three Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.[13][14] The series ended in 2014, after four seasons.[15]

Enos at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

After her breakout role in The Killing, Enos began her career in feature films. She played Brad Pitt‘s wife, Karin Lane, in the zombie thriller film World War Z (2013). The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million. She co-starred as Josh Brolin‘s character wife in Gangster Squad (2013) and appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in the crime drama Devil’s Knot, based on a true story. In 2014, she appeared in the crime thriller Sabotage directed by David Ayer and later starred in drama film If I Stay directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman.[16] The film was released on August 22, 2014. Also in 2014, Enos co-starred alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Captive directed by Atom Egoyan.[17] As lead actress, Enos was cast in the thriller You Were Never Here directed by Camille Thoman.[18]

In March 2015, it was announced that Enos had been cast as lead character in the ABC legal drama series, The Catch, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[19][20][21] Later in this month, it was announced that Enos will be star alongside Olivia Cooke in the independent drama film, Katie Says Goodbye.[22] Also in 2015, she starred alongside Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant and Charlie Plummer in the drama Behold My Heart directed by Joshua Leonard.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Enos married actor Alan Ruck[25] on January 4, 2008.[26] They have two children: daughter Vesper Vivienne Ruck, born on September 23, 2010, and son Larkin Zouey Ruck, born on July 23, 2014.[27] Enos also has two step children from Ruck’s previous marriage. She was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is no longer a practicing member.[2][3]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Someone Like You Yoga Instructor #1
2005 Chasing Leonard Lucinda Short film
2006 Falling Objects Isobel Walker Short film
2013 Gangster Squad Connie O’Mara
2013 World War Z Karen Lane
2013 Devil’s Knot Vicki Hutcheson
2013 Wild Horses Mills Short film
2014 Sabotage Lizzy Murray
2014 If I Stay Kat Hall
2014 The Captive Tina
2016 You Were Never Here Miranda Fall
2016 Katie Says Goodbye Katie’s mother
2016 Behold My Heart


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Without Consent Naomi Television film
1996 Face of Evil Brianne Dwyer Television film
1999 Sex and the City Jenna Episode: “Shortcomings”
2001 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Carla Byrd 2 episodes
2003 Strong Medicine Fern Episode: “Speculum for a Heavyweight”
2004 Rescue Me Karen Episode: “Mom”
2006 Without a Trace Jessica Lawson Episode: “911”
2006 Standoff Dana Episode: “Man of Steele”
2006 Shark Chloe Gorman Episode: “Dial M for Monica”
2007 Crossing Jordan Sandy Walsh Episode: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
2007–10 Big Love JoDean Marquart / Kathy Marquart Series regular, 25 episodes
2008 Numbers Grace Ferraro Episode: “End Game”
2008 CSI: Miami Lucy Maddox Episode: “Down to the Wire”
2008 Medium Kelly Winters Episode: “Drowned World”
2009 Lie to Me Cheryl Ambrose Episode: “The Better Half”
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julianna Morgan Episode: “Identity Crisis”
2010 American Experience Lucia Cutts Episode: “Dolley Madison”
2011–14 The Killing Sarah Linden Series regular, 44 episodes
2016–present The Catch Alice Vaughn Series regular, 10 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Invention of Love Katharine Houseman Mar 29, 2001 – Jun 30, 2001
2005 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey Mar 20, 2005 – Sep 04, 2005
2005 Absurd Person Singular Eva Oct 18, 2005 – Dec 04, 2005

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Tony Awards[9] Best Featured Actress in a Play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
2011 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series The Killing Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[28] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[29] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards[30] Best Actress on Television Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Nominated