Toks Olagundoye

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Toks Olagundoye
Toks Olagundoye 2013.jpg
Olagundoye at a PR shoot in April 2013
Born Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye
(1975-09-16) September 16, 1975 (age 38)[1]
Lagos, Nigeria[2]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Website
www.toksolagundoye.com

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke "Toks" Olagundoye (born September 16, 1975) is a Nigerian television and film actress, writer and producer.[1] She is known for her role as Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC TV sitcom The Neighbors. Her name is pronounced "Tokes Awlahgoondawyay".[3]

Early life[edit]

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father.[2] As a youth, she was educated in Nigeria, Switzerland, and England.[4] She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Smith College.[3]

Career[edit]

She made her screen debut in 2002 on an episode of the television series The Education of Max Bickford. Her film debut in Brown Sugar was the same year. She appeared opposite Ruby Dee in a 2001 off-Broadway production Saint Lucy's Eyes and in 2005, cofounded theater company Three Chicks Theatre, which produced Andrea Lepcio's One Nation Under in 2008.[1] Olagundoye has guest-starred on Ugly Betty, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Switched at Birth, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Prime Suspect. Her film credits include A Beautiful Soul, Come Back to Me, Absolute Trust and The Salon.

In 2012, Olagundoye was cast as series regular in the ABC comedy series The Neighbors.[5][6][7][8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Brown Sugar Sidney's LA Assistant
2005 The Salon Peaches
2009 Absolute Trust Kelly
2010 Mom Squad Mom Short film
2010 Dorito-hibition! Danielle Short film
2011 Most Wanted Operative Keel
2011 Come Back to Me Seritou
2011 Life Begins at Rewirement Nurse Short film
2012 A Beautiful Soul Theresa Whitaker
2012 Democracy at Work Meghan Oliver

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Hannah Episode: "An Open Book"
2004 Law & Order Janette Gardner Episode: "C.O.D."
2006 3 lbs Mary Episode: "Of Two Minds"
2008 Ugly Betty Sales Girl Episode: "Bad Amanda"
2010 Law & Order Claire Episode: "Blackmail"
2010 CSI: NY Reporter Episode: "Hide Sight"
2011 Switched at Birth Cooking Class Teacher Episode: "The Persistence of Memory"
2011 NCIS Rebeka Hooper Episode: "Safe Harbor"
2011 Prime Suspect Lucy Martin Episode: "Wednesday's Child"
2012–2014 The Neighbors Jackie Joyner-Kersee Main cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Toks Olagundoye: Biography at TVGuide.com
  2. ^ a b Toks Olagundoye at ABC MediaNet
  3. ^ a b Get To Know Toks at her official website
  4. ^ Toks Olagundoye at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ The Neighbors: First Look at ABC's New Alien Family Comedy, TVovermind.com, 15 May 2012.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 11, 2011). "Pilot Castings: Four In Dan Fogelman Comedy, Jeff Eastin Drama Adds One". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ The Neighbors at ABC
  8. ^ 31 Fresh Faces of Fall TV 2012, Zimbio.com

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