Antonique Smith

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Antonique Smith
Background information
Born (1983-08-11) 11 August 1983 (age 33)
Origin East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres R&B, Pop, Broadway
Occupation(s) Actress, Musician, Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present

Antonique Smith (born August 11, 1983) is an American Broadway, film and television actress, and a Grammy nominated singer and songwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Smith was born in East Orange, New Jersey. Smith is well known for her starring as Mimi in Jonathan Larson's Broadway production of Rent. She was also the poster girl for Rent, displayed on taxi cabs in NYC and posters across the country. Smith left the role of Mimi in the musical Rent on Broadway to record her album and expand her film career.

Antonique is now most famous for her role as Faith Evans in Notorious, based on the life of Evans' late husband, rapper The Notorious B.I.G.. She received rave reviews. The L.A. Times called her "delicious in the role" and Rolling Stone Magazine said she was "terrific". She was also praised by critics, including Jeffery Lyons who called her "one to watch".

Antonique played CIA agent Sandra Burns in the action movie "Abduction" opposite Taylor Lautner and Alfred Molina. In the same year she played Ola O' Hara in the film "Yelling To The Sky", opposite Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe.

Antonique had a featured role in the Golden Globe nominated film "Across The Universe" and has also guest starred on numerous hit TV shows including Law & Order, HBO's Bored To Death and the Sidney Lumet directed "100 Centre Street" on A&E.

Antonique was heralded as “an amazing actress with a great career ahead of her”, by the legendary Sidney Lumet who gave Antonique her first job. She played a teen drug addict.

Her fans have expressed interest in her playing the role of Elphaba in Wicked, though she does not plan on auditioning, she says.

She was also the voice of Virgin Mobile USA.


Antonique Smith made her first music debut in "Black On Black Love" from Queen Latifah's fourth studio album Order In The Court with American R&B group Next.

The rapper Nas made mention of Antonique on his single "Nasty" that appears on his 2012 #1 album "Life Is Good". She made a cameo in Nas' 2011 music video Nasty.

Smith also recently starred in Rick Ross' "Amsterdam" music video which got over 8 million views in its first 2 days of release. "Amsterdam" is a song off of Ross' #1 album "God Forgives, I Don't".

Antonique Smith released her debut single "Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)" on 9:23 Music Group. The video for "Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)", was directed by actor/director Larenz Tate and co-stars actor Lance Gross and Vine star King Bach, was released December 2, 2014 on Essence Online. The single was nominated for a Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards.


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Across the Universe Hooker Film Debut
2009 Notorious Faith Evans
2011 Yelling to the Sky Ola O'Hara
2011 Abduction Burns
2015 Stock Option Alina
Year Title Role Episodes
2002 100 Centre Street Unknown role Recurring character
2003 Law & Order Gina * "Under God"
2009 Bored to Death Barista * "The Case of the Stolen Sperm"
Year Title Role Notes
2005–2007 Rent Mimi Marquez

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