Da'Vine Joy Randolph

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Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Born (1986-05-21) May 21, 1986 (age 36)
EducationTemple University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2010–present

Da'Vine Joy Randolph (born May 21, 1986)[1] is an American actress and singer. She first gained recognition as Oda Mae Brown in the Broadway production of Ghost: The Musical (2012); she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her acting in this role.

Randolph's early films include The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) and Office Christmas Party (2016); she acted in the television series Selfie (2014) and the television series People of Earth (2016–17). She received critical acclaim for her performance as Lady Reed in the biographical film Dolemite Is My Name (2019). In 2020, Randolph starred in the romantic comedy television series High Fidelity.

Early life[edit]

Randolph grew up in Philadelphia and Hershey, Pennsylvania. She went to Temple University to focus on vocal performance, but in her junior year she decided to switch concentrations to musical theatre. After graduating from Temple she went to the Yale School of Drama. She graduated from Yale in 2011 with her master's degree.[2] As a youth she attended Interlochen Arts Camp, studying theatre.[3]

Career[edit]

Randolph auditioned for an understudy role in the Broadway transfer of Ghost the Musical (which was currently playing in London's West End), but the producers decided to cast her in the principal role of Oda Mae Brown.[4] Before the casting of the Broadway transfer was announced Sharon D. Clarke, who played Oda Mae in the London run of Ghost the Musical, suffered a minor knee injury. Randolph was quickly flown to London to cover the role in Clarke's absence.[5] Her debut performance took place on Friday December 16, 2011 and she continued to share the role with understudy Lisa Davina Phillip until early January 2012, when Clarke returned.

After a preview period that began in March 2012, the Broadway production opened Monday April 23, 2012 with Randolph playing opposite Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy in the leading roles. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Randolph played Charmonique in ABC's situation comedy series Selfie, which premiered on September 30, 2014.

Randolph did voiceover for the role of Christine in the Netflix original series The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mother of George Marsea
The Purge: The Morning After De'Shondranique Short
A Long Walk De'Shondranique Short
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Nurse Rowan
2016 The Secrets of Emily Blair Fran
H.R. Holiday Rules Carla Short
Office Christmas Party Carla
2017 LaZercism - Short
2019 Dolemite Is My Name Lady Reed
2020 Kajillionaire Jenny
The Last Shift Shazz
Trolls World Tour Bliss Marina / Shelia B (voices)
Mama Got A Cough Yolanda Video Short
2021 The United States vs. Billie Holiday Roslyn
The Guilty CHP Dispatcher (voice)
2022 The Lost City Beth Hatten
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Mama Luna (voice) [6]
TBA Shriver Delta Jones Post-production
Rustin TBA Filming
The Holdovers Mary Filming[7]
On the Come Up TBA Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Good Wife Margie Episode: "A More Perfect Union"
Brenda Forever Pearl TV movie
2014 See Dad Run Mrs. Rothschild Episode: "See Dad Become Room Mom"
Selfie Charmonique Whitaker Main cast
2015 Life in Pieces Janice Episode: "Babe Secret Phone Germs"
2015–17 The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Christine / Abby Fisher (voice) Main cast
2016 This Is Us Tanya Recurring cast (season 1)
2016–17 People of Earth Yvonne Watson Main cast
2017 Veep Roberta Winston Episode: "Qatar"
2017–18 Empire Poundcake Recurring cast (season 4)
2019 On Becoming a God in Central Florida Rhonda Recurring cast
2020 High Fidelity Cherise Main cast
2020–22 Madagascar: A Little Wild Ranger Hoof (voice) Recurring cast
2021 Cinema Toast Vivian (voice) Episode: "Kiss, Marry, Kill"
Tuca & Bertie Tamarind Toucan (voice) Episode: "The Moss" & "The Flood"
Ultra City Smiths Detective Gail Johnson (voice) Main cast
Chicago Party Aunt Tina (voice) Main cast
The Last O.G. Veesy Main cast (season 4)
2021–present Only Murders in the Building Detective Williams Recurring cast
2022–present Birdgirl Various voices Recurring cast
2023 The Idol TBA Main cast

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Ghost: The Musical Oda Mae Brown Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
April 23, 2012 – August 18, 2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Ghost: The Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2020 AAFCA Awards Best Supporting Actress Dolemite Is My Name Won
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress Won
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJP3-JVNP Date of birth, familysearch.org; accessed May 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Da'Vine Joy Randolph Biography". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  3. ^ "Halloween in Hollywood". Interlochen Center for the Arts. Archived from the original on 2020-07-26. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  4. ^ "Yale Grad Da'Vine Joy Randolph Gets 'Whoopi' Role In Broadway's Musical 'Ghost'". Hartford Courant. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  5. ^ Williams, Brennan (2012-04-27). "'Ghost The Musical:' Da'Vine Joy Randolph Tells How She Landed Starring Role". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  6. ^ Cordero, Rosy (March 14, 2022). "'Puss In Boots: The Last Wish' Sets Salma Hayek Pinault Return; Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh & Olivia Colman Among New Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 15, 2022. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (26 January 2022). "Da'Vine Joy Randolph Joins Paul Giamatti In Alexander Payne and Miramax's 'The Holdovers'". Deadline Hollywood.

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