Uzo Aduba

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Uzo Aduba
Photograph of US American Actress Uzo Aduba.jpg
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Uzo Aduba is an American actress of Nigerian heritage.[1] She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black (2013).


Uzo Aduba attended Boston University, where she competed in the 55-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.[2] She began earning recognition for her acting in 2003, with a performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.[3] Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in Coram Boy.[4] She was a member of the Original Revival Cast of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre from 2011 through 2012.[4][5] Her first television appearance was on Blue Bloods in 2012.[citation needed] She also played the mother of the title character of Venice at The Public Theater in New York.[6][7]

In 2013 she began portraying Suzanne Warren, also known as "Crazy Eyes", in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.[8] Of her being cast, she 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.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Project Runway: All Stars Herself Episode: "Puttin' On The Glitz"
2012 Blue Bloods Nurse Episode: "Nightmares"
2013 Orange Is the New Black Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren 11 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film


  1. ^ "L.A. Times: 'Orange Is the New Black's' Uzo Aduba on a good road as Crazy Eyes". 
  2. ^ "Boston University Meet Results". Undated. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play – 2004". (Awards and nominations) Theatre Washington. Retrieved 10-27 27-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Uzo Aduba". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 10-27 27-13. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Cast: Aduba Ave.". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Of Shakespeare and Superheroes". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  7. ^ "Venice, review, Off-Broadway, New York Theatre". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba on Crazy Eyes, Flirting Techniques, and Peeing on the Floor". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  9. ^ Aduba in Ryan, Maureen (August 23, 2013). "'Crazy Eyes' From 'Orange Is The New Black' Talks Flirting, Jodie Foster And That Infamous Scene". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 

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