Uzo Aduba

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Uzo Aduba
Photograph of US American Actress Uzo Aduba.jpg
Born Uzoamaka Nwaneka Aduba[1]
1980/1981 (age 33–34)[2]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Boston University
Years active 2003–present

Uzoamaka Nwaneka "Uzo" Aduba[1] (born 1981) is an American actress.[2] She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Aduba was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Medfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of Nigerian parents (of Igbo origin).[3] Aduba graduated from Medfield High School in 1999.[4] She attended Boston University, where she studied classical voice[5] and competed in track and field.[6][7] Aduba describes her family as a "sports family".[5]


Aduba first garnered recognition for her acting in 2003, when her performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.[8] In 2007, she made her Broadway debut, portraying Toby in Coram Boy.[9] From 2011 through 2012, she sang "By My Side" as part of the original revival cast of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre.[9][10] Her first television appearance was as a nurse on Blue Bloods in 2012.[5] She also played the mother of the title character of Venice at The Public Theater in New York.[11][12]

In 2013, Aduba began portraying Suzanne Warren, also known as "Crazy Eyes", in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.[13] On being cast, Aduba said,

I auditioned for the show back in late July or early August of [2012]. I had been auditioning that summer for more television and film [after doing much theater]. I'd read a lot of scripts and I remember reading "Orange Is the New Black," and it was at the head of the pack. I remember thinking, "Wow, that is really good, I would love to be a part of that." I went in and auditioned for another part, and my representatives called me about a month later and they were like, "Hi, we have some really good news. You remember that audition you went on for 'Orange Is the New Black'? You didn't get it." I go, "So… okay, what's the good news?" They said they wanted to offer me another part, Crazy Eyes. I was like, "What in my audition would make someone think I'd be right for a part called Crazy Eyes?" But to be honest, when I got the script for it, it felt like the right fit.[14]

In this regard, what got Aduba to play "Crazy Eyes" was because, according to the casting director: "Uzo Aduba...had her hair in those knots for the audition…They saw something amazing in her and were able to connect it to what they were looking for in Crazy Eyes.” [15]

In March 2014, Aduba performed at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit concert Broadway Backwards. [16]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Notes N/A Short film
2007 Over There N/A Short film
2011 Wwjd Bartender Short film
2013 Sing Along Cafeteria Lady Short film
2013 How to Live Like a Lady Acting Teacher Television movie
2015 Pearly Gates Corrie


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Project Runway: All Stars Herself Episode: "Puttin' On The Glitz"
2012 Blue Bloods Nurse Episode: "Nightmares"
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren 23 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Pending—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Pending—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Pending—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Pending—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2014 Saturday Night Live Daughter Dudley Episode: "Woody Harrelson/Kendrick Lamar"


  1. ^ a b "Godspell Talk Back - Uzo Aduba". Reviewing The Drama. March 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Wright, Celine (August 12, 2013). "'Orange Is the New Black's' Uzo Aduba on a good road as Crazy Eyes". Los Angeles Times. 32-year-old Aduba 
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  4. ^ "Medfield Native Uzo Aduba Attends White House Correspondents Dinner". May 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Champagne, Christine (June 8, 2014). "Behind the Breakout Role: Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba on Creating Crazy Eyes". Co.Create. Fast Company. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "2001-02 Women's Track Roster". Boston University. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Boston University Meet Results". Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play – 2004". (Awards and nominations) Theatre Washington. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Uzo Aduba". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Meet the Cast: Uzo Aduba". Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ Brantley, Ben (June 15, 2013). "Of Shakespeare and Superheroes". The New York Times. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Venice, review, Off-Broadway, New York Theatre". Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba on Crazy Eyes, Flirting Techniques, and Peeing on the Floor". Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Maureen (August 23, 2013). "'Crazy Eyes' From 'Orange Is The New Black' Talks Flirting, Jodie Foster And That Infamous Scene". Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
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