Amirah Vann

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Amirah Vann
Born
Amirah Charline Vann[1][2][3]

1980 (age 40–41)
EducationFordham University (BA)
New York University (MFA)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2006–present

Amirah Vann (born 1980) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing attorney Tegan Price in How to Get Away with Murder.

Life and career[edit]

Born Amirah Charline Vann in 1980, Vann is a native of Queens, New York.[4] Her father is African-American from Georgia, and her mother is Puerto Rican.[4] Vann attended Midwood High School[5] and then Far Rockaway High School, graduating in 1998. She then obtained her bachelor's degree from Fordham University in 2002,[6] and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2007.[4] Vann worked for many years in Off-Broadway theater before transitioning to film and television.

Vann appeared in secondary roles in films, including And So It Goes and Tracers, before her breakthrough performance as Ernestine, the head house slave of the Macon plantation, in the WGN America period drama series Underground in 2016.[4][7][8] The series was canceled after two seasons in 2017. She later guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and had a recurring role on the final season of Major Crimes as Special Agent Jazzma Fey.[9]

During the 2017–18 season, Vann was cast as attorney Tegan Price on the ABC legal drama How to Get Away with Murder.[10] Originally a recurring role, Vann was promoted to series regular for season five[11] and season six.

In early 2018, Vann went to star on the ABC drama pilot The Holmes Sisters produced by Regina King and Robin Roberts.[12][13] Vann also has a recurring role on the USA Network limited series Unsolved: The Murder of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. as an FBI agent assigned to the multi-agency taskforce assigned to the Christopher Wallace murder investigation.

In 2019, Vann was cast as corporate lobbyist Parker Campbell in season four of the OWN drama Queen Sugar. Vann also appeared as Shondae Smith, a supporting role in the 2019 film Miss Virginia.

In 2020, Vann was cast as Zani in the CBS All Access drama Star Trek: Picard.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Three and a Half Thoughts (Original Title: The Assassin of Saint Nicholas Avenue) Saidah Short film
2009 Once More with Feeling Bartender
2011 First World Problem Rosario Sanchez Short film
2013 80/20 Bonita
2014 And So It Goes Rashida
2015 Tracers Angie
2015 Don't Worry Baby Alison
2016 The Hostess Latoya Corbyn Short film
2019 Miss Virginia Shondae Smith
TBA A Jazzman's Blues Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Girls Angry Lady Episode: "Boys"
2014 Believe Maid
2014 Mozart in the Jungle Nurse Episode: "Silent Symphony"
2016–17 Underground Ernestine Series regular, 20 episodes
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Michelle Morrison Episode: "Mood"
2017 Major Crimes Special Agent Jazzma Fey Recurring role, 4 episodes
2017–20 How to Get Away with Murder Tegan Price Recurring role (season 4), Series regular (season 5-6)
2018 Untitled Holmes Sisters Project Ella Holmes Pilot
2018 Unsolved Justine Simon Recurring role, 7 episodes
2019 Queen Sugar Parker Campbell Guest role (season 4)
2020 Star Trek: Picard Zani

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2017 48th NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Underground
Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Student Receives Princess Grace Scholarship". Fordham News. October 2001. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Princess Grace Foundation Announces Grant Awards". PLAYBILL. October 24, 2001. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Amirh Vann - Princess Grace Award:Theater Scholarship, 2001". Princess Grace Foundation - USA. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Madden, Mekeisha. "Oh, Hey Ernestine! 5 Things to Know About 'Underground' Star Amirah Vann". Essence.com. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Goulakos, Katina. "AMIRAH VANN". imagista.
  6. ^ Loizzo-Desai, Alexandra (June 10, 2016). "Seven Questions with Amirah Vann, Ernestine on Underground". Fordham News. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  7. ^ TVLine, Team (May 14, 2016). "Performer of the Week: Taraji P. Henson". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Amirah Vann: It's Taken Too Long to See the Strength of Black Women on Screen". April 19, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (June 19, 2017). "'Major Crimes': Amirah Vann Set To Recur In Season 6". Deadline. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (October 5, 2017). "'How To Get Away With Murder': Amirah Vann Set To Recur In Season 4". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Wills, Cortney (September 26, 2018). "Amirah Vann on bringing authenticity to 'HTGAWM' role in season 5". theGrio. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 22, 2018). "'Underground' Alum Amirah Vann to Star in Regina King, Robin Roberts ABC Drama Pilot". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (February 22, 2018). "Amirah Vann Cast In ABC Drama Pilot From Robin Roberts & Regina King". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Patten, Dominic (February 6, 2020). "Star Trek: Picard Adds How To Get Away With Murder's Amirah Vann To CBS All Access Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 6, 2020.

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