Adepero Oduye

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Adepero Oduye
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Oduye at 2013 New York Film Festival
Born 1977 or 1978[1]
Brooklyn, New York, US
Nationality Nigerian-American
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present

Adepero Oduye (born 1977 or 1978) is an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

Oduye was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of seven children of Nigerian parents.[2] She is a graduate of Cornell University.[3][4] Oduye began appearing in short films such as Water and Fall, and in 2006 appeared in the independent drama Half Nelson. After several roles in off-Broadway production, in 2009, she debuted on Broadway in the musical Fela!.[2]

In 2011 she starred in the critically acclaimed independent film Pariah.[5][6] She has received several awards, including a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.[2] Oduye cast in the recent Steel Magnolias remake with the same title as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto, a role that had been originated by Daryl Hannah.[7][8]

In 2013, Oduye appeared in Ava DuVernay's short film The Door part of Miu Miu's ad campaign known as The Women's Tales.[9] She also starred alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen.[10][11]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Water Woman Short film
2004 Fall Short film
On the Outs Adepero
2005 Law & Order Traci Sands TV series; Episode: "Birthright"
2006 Thee and a Half Thoughts Bodega Woman Short film
Half Nelson Crack Smoker
The Tested Mom Short film
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jackie TV series; Episode: "The War at Home"
2007 Pariah Alike Short film
Wifey Kadijah TV film
2009 Sub Rosa Ayesha Short film
If I Leap Zipporah Short film
The Unusuals Regina Plank TV series; Episode: "The Circle Line"
2010 This Is Poetry Wife Short film
Tags Shayla Johns Short film
Louie Tarese TV series; Episode: "Dentist/Tarese"
2011 Men in Love Leo's Ex Short film
Pariah Alike Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Denver Film Festival Rising Star Award
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2012 Steel Magnolias Annelle Dupuy Desoto TV film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 12 Years a Slave Eliza Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


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