Da'Vine Joy Randolph

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Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Born (1986-05-21) May 21, 1986 (age 33)
EducationTemple University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active2010–present

Da'Vine Joy Randolph (born May 21, 1986)[1] is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Oda Mae Brown in the original Broadway production of Ghost the Musical, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.

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 masters.[2] As a youth, she attended Interlochen Arts Camp, studying theatre. [3]


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 London suffered a minor knee injury. Randolph was quickly flown out 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 original Broadway production opened Monday April 23, 2012 with Randolph playing opposite Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy in the leading roles. Though branded as the "newcomer", she was nominated for the 2012 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 is the voice of Christine in the Netflix original series The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show.


Film credits[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Ma' George Marsea
2016 Office Christmas Party Carla
2019 Kajillionaire Jenny Post-production
2019 Dolemite Is My Name Lady Reed


Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Good Wife Margie, David Lee's secretary Various episodes
2014 Selfie Charmonique Whitaker Regular cast
2015–present The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show Christine Voice
2016–2017 People of Earth Yvonne Watson Regular cast
2017–2018 Empire Poundcake Recurring role

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Show 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 Nominated Work Result
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a 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


  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".
  4. ^ "Da'Vine Joy Randolph: Ghost on Broadway - Hartford Courant". Articles.courant.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  5. ^ Williams, Brennan (2012-04-27). "'Ghost The Musical:' Da'Vine Joy Randolph Tells How She Landed Starring Role". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-11-04.

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