Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
|Education||Temple University (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
Da'Vine Joy Randolph (born May 21, 1986) 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.
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. As a youth she attended Interlochen Arts Camp, studying theatre.
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. 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. 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.
|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|
|2019||Dolemite Is My Name||Lady Reed|
|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)|||
|On the Come Up||TBA||Filming|
|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|
|2012||Ghost: The Musical||Oda Mae Brown||Lunt-Fontanne Theatre|
April 23, 2012 – August 18, 2012
Awards and nominations
|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|
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJP3-JVNP Date of birth, familysearch.org; accessed May 31, 2014.
- "Da'Vine Joy Randolph Biography". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- "Halloween in Hollywood". Interlochen Center for the Arts. Archived from the original on 2020-07-26. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
- "Yale Grad Da'Vine Joy Randolph Gets 'Whoopi' Role In Broadway's Musical 'Ghost'". Hartford Courant. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
- Williams, Brennan (2012-04-27). "'Ghost The Musical:' Da'Vine Joy Randolph Tells How She Landed Starring Role". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
- 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.
- Kroll, Justin (26 January 2022). "Da'Vine Joy Randolph Joins Paul Giamatti In Alexander Payne and Miramax's 'The Holdovers'". Deadline Hollywood.