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 35)[1]
Fort Knox, Kentucky[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Emayatzy Corinealdi (born January 14, 1980) is an American actress. She is best known for her leading role in the Ava DuVernay film Middle of Nowhere (2012).

Early life[edit]

Corinealdi was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky.[1][2] She is part-Panamanian and part-Italian.[3] Her father, Edward Corinealdi, is Panamanian, and her mother, Rosemarie Hilton, is from Ohio.[1][4][5] She was raised in many places (including New Jersey, Germany, Kansas, and Ohio) due to being part of a military family.[3][5] She studied in New Jersey at the Actor's Training Studio, then at the William Esper Studio in New York, then at Playhouse West.[3]


In early career, Corinealdi co-starred in a number of independent and short films, had the recurring role on the CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, and appeared in the Hallmark television film, The Nanny Express (2008). In 2012, she made her feature film debut as the lead in Middle of Nowhere, a drama by writer/director Ava DuVernay. Corinealdi won the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival Star Project,[6] an international acting competition for emerging multicultural artists. Later that year, she won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for the film.[7] She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.[8] In 2013 Corinealdi appeared in the short film "The Door", part of Miu Miu's fashion series Women's Tales, which reunited her with her Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay.[9]

In 2014, Corinealdi was cast in the Amazon drama series, Hand of God, alongside Ron Perlman and Dana Delany. Later that year, she has won the role of Frances Taylor, the wife of Miles Davis in the biographical film Miles Ahead, directed and starring Don Cheadle.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
2003 Pretty Lady Azizi
2004 Vampz Eve
2005 Beauty Shop Client of Ida Uncredited
2006 My American Nurse
2007 Cordially Invited Grace Ingrahm
2007 Akira's Hip-Hop Shop Daphne
2008 Wednesday Again Roberta
2008 The Nanny Express Lorraine Television film
2012 Middle of Nowhere Ruby Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Village Voice Film Poll Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2014 Addicted Brina
2014 In The Morning
2015 Miles Ahead Francis Taylor
2015 The Invitation Kira


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Young and the Restless Nurse Susan Mehta Recurring role
2007 Katrina Katrina Pilot
2010 Romantically Challenged Tiffany Episode: "Rebecca's One Night Stand"
2014 Criminal Minds Ellen Samsen Episode: "The Edge of Winter"
2014–present Hand of God Tessie Graham Series regular


  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. ^ "Emayatzy Corinealdi". BET.com. BET Interactive, LLC. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Sperling, Nicole (13 October 2012). "Emayatzy Corinealdi finds a good role in 'Middle of Nowhere'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Riley, Jenelle (11 September 2012). "Interview: ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Star Emayatzy Corinealdi on Her Breakout Leading Role". Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Clutch (September 2014). "Look Book: Our Favorite Emayatzy Corinealdi Style and Beauty Looks". Clutch Magazine. Sutton New Media LLC. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Young, Danielle (28 November 2012). "Emayatzy Corinealdi Of ‘Middle Of Nowhere’ Wins Gotham Film Awards’ Best Actor". HelloBeautiful.com. Interactive One. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Bahr, Lindsey (27 November 2012). "Spirit Awards reaction: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell, more weigh in". Entertainment Weekly. 
  9. ^ ""The Door" by Ava DuVernay, Women’s Tales #5". MiuMiu.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Diaz, Evelyn (25 June 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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