May 6, 1983|
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Mercy College|
Alice Tan Ridley|
Gabourey Sidibe (/
From 2010 to 2013, she was a main cast member of the Showtime series The Big C. Sidibe co-starred on the television series American Horror Story: Coven as Queenie and American Horror Story: Freak Show as Regina Ross, and later reprised her role as Queenie in American Horror Story: Hotel (2016) and American Horror Story: Apocalypse (2018). Since 2015, she stars in the Fox musical drama series Empire as Becky Williams.
Sidibe was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an American R&B and gospel singer who appeared on the fifth season of America's Got Talent, on June 15, 2010. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is from Senegal and is a cab driver. Growing up, Sidibe lived with her aunt, the noted feminist activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes. She holds an associate's degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College, and attended but did not graduate from City College of New York and Mercy College. She worked at The Fresh Air Fund's office as a receptionist before she went on to pursue a career in acting.
In Precious, Sidibe played the main character, Claireece "Precious" Jones, a 16-year-old mother of two (both of whom are the results of being raped by her father) trying to escape abuse at the hands of her mother. The film won numerous awards, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award. On December 15, 2009, she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Precious. The next month she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Her next film, Yelling to the Sky, was a Sundance Lab project directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Zoe Kravitz, in which she played Latonya Williams, a bully. In 2011, Sidibe was in the film Tower Heist and voiced a "party girl"[vague] character in "Hot Water", the season 7 premiere of American Dad!. She appeared in the season 8 American Dad! episode "Stanny Tendergrass" early in 2013 and also stars in the music video for "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" by indie pop band Foster the People. Sidibe also appeared in the Showtime network series entitled The Big C as Andrea Jackson.
During an interview, Sidibe reported that before landing her role in the 2009 film, Precious, Joan Cusack advised her that the entertainment industry was not for her and to quit, leaning over and stating: "Oh honey, you should really quit the business. It's so image-conscious."
In April 2013, it was announced that Sidibe would be joining the cast of the third season of American Horror Story, portraying Queenie, a young witch. She returned to the series for its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show as a secretarial school student, Regina Ross. As of 2015, she stars in Lee Daniels Fox musical series Empire as Becky Williams alongside Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Sidibe portrays the head of A&R in the Empire company. In April 2015, it was announced Sidibe would be promoted to a series regular beginning in Season 2. She also starred in the Hulu series Difficult People as Denise.
On June 3, 2015 it was confirmed Sidibe would be writing her memoir and it would be published in 2017. On January 6, 2016, Sidibe appeared in the penultimate episode for American Horror Story: Hotel, reprising her Coven role as Queenie, marking her third season in the series. After sitting out subsequent seasons Roanoke and Cult, Sidibe returned to American Horror Story in 2018, appearing once again as her character Queenie in it's eighth season, Apocalypse.
|2009||Precious||Claireece "Precious" Jones|
|2011||Yelling to the Sky||Latonya Williams|
|2011||Tower Heist||Odessa Montero|
|2014||White Bird in a Blizzard||Beth|
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Gabourey Sidibe/MGMT"|
|2010–13||The Big C||Andrea Jackson||30 episodes|
|2011||Glenn Martin DDS||Keisha (voice)||Episode: "Date with Destiny"|
|2011||American Dad!||Herself||Episode: "Stanny Tendergrass"|
|2012||American Dad!||Party girl||Episode: "Hot Water"|
|2013–14||American Horror Story: Coven||Queenie||12 episodes|
|2014||American Horror Story: Freak Show||Regina Ross||3 episodes|
|2015–present||Empire||Becky Williams||52 episodes|
|2015–17||Difficult People||Denise||12 episodes|
|2016||American Horror Story: Hotel||Queenie||Episode: "Battle Royale"|
|2016||Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio||Various||10 episodes|
|2016||Drunk History||Ella Fitzgerald||Episode: "Legends"|
|2017||BoJack Horseman||Tamaara (voice)||Episode: "The Old Sugarman Place"|
|2018||American Horror Story: Apocalypse||Queenie||Season 8|
- Foster the People: "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" (2011)
- Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx: "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum" (2014)
Awards and nominations
- List of black Academy Award winners and nominees
- List of black Golden Globe Award winners and nominees
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- "'American Horror Story: Freak Show' adds Michael Chiklis; Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe returning". Retrieved June 21, 2014.
- "EMPIRE CLOSE UP: GABOUREY SIDIBE AS "BECKY WILLIAMS"". fox. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Aussiello, Michael (April 12, 2015). "Empire Promotes Pair to Series Regular". TVline. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- Bierly, Mandi (March 24, 2015). "Gabourey Sidibe Talks Joining Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner in Their Hulu Comedy 'Difficult People' and Life Inside 'Empire'". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- Isabella Bidenharn (June 3, 2015). "Empire actress Gabourey Sidibe to publish memoir". EW. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- Nelson, Jeff (March 8, 2017). "Gabourey Sidibe Opens Up About Weight-Loss Surgery for the First Time: 'I Love My Body Now'". People. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
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