Emayatzy Corinealdi

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Emayatzy Corinealdi
Emayatzy Corinealdi.jpg
Corinealdi in 2012
Born Emayatzy Evett Corinealdi[1]
(1980-01-14) 14 January 1980 (age 34)[1]
Fort Knox, Kentucky[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008 - present

Emayatzy Corinealdi is an American film and television actress, best known for starring in 2012 film Middle of Nowhere.

Life and career[edit]

Corinealdi was born on 14 January 1983 in Fort Knox, Kentucky.[1][2] Her father, Edward Corinealdi, is Panamanian, and her mother, Rosemarie Hilton, is from Ohio.[1][3][4] She was raised in New Jersey, but traveled extensively as a child as part of her military family.

Her first principal role came in 2008 for a TV movie The Nanny Express. She has appeared in television series' such as Cold Case,Young and the Restless, Katrina and Romantically Challenged, as well as several acclaimed short films including the DGA Student Filmmaker Award winning Akira's Hip Hop Shop (2007).

Emayatzy won the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Star Project, an international acting competition for emerging multicultural artists.[citation needed]

In 2012, she made her feature film debut as the lead in Middle of Nowhere, a drama by writer/director Ava DuVernay, also starring David Oyelowo. Later that year, she was nominated for, and won, a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for the film.[5] She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

In 2013 Corinealdi appeared in the short The Door, part of Miu Miu's fashion series Women's Tales, which reunited her with her Middle of Nowhere director, Ava DuVernay. [6]

Most recently, she appeared in the Amazon original series, Hand of God. She is also set to play Frances Taylor, the wife of Miles Davis in Miles Ahead playing opposite Don Cheadle as Davis.[7]

Selected Credits[edit]

Feature Film[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Kentucky, Birth Index, 1911-1999 [database on-line]". Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com Operations Inc. 2006. (subscription required (help)). Original data: Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Kentucky Birth, Marriage, and Death Databases: Births 1911-1999. Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. 
  2. ^ http://blogalicious2012.sched.org/speaker/emayatzycorinealdiruby
  3. ^ http://blackactors.net/2011/06/the-cast-of-ava-duvernays-middle-of-nowhere/
  4. ^ http://www.backstage.com/interview/middle-nowhere-star-emayatzy-corinealdi-her-breakout-leading-role/
  5. ^ http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/bernie-beasts-and-moonrise-get-a-boost-from-2012-gotham-nominations
  6. ^ http://www.miumiu.com/en/women_tales/5/film
  7. ^ Diaz, Evelyn (25 Jun 2014). "Middle of Nowhere Star to Replace Zoe Saldana in Miles Davis Biopic". BET.com. BET Interactive, LLC. Retrieved 16 Nov 2014. 

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