Jasmine Cephas Jones

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Jasmine Cephas Jones
Born (1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 31)[1][2]
New York City, New York City
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School Berklee College of Music
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2013–present
Parent(s)Ron Cephas Jones
Kim Lesley

Jasmine Cephas Jones (born July 21, 1989) is an American actress and singer, best known for originating the dual roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jones is the daughter of actor Ron Cephas Jones[4] and British-born jazz singer Kim Lesley. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and Berklee College of Music,[5] and graduated from Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 2011.[6] She grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, where she still lived as of 2015.[1]


Jones has made small appearances in multiple independent films, including Titus (2013) and Fairfield (2014). She has also appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods and Unforgettable.[7]

In 2015, she originated the roles of Maria Reynolds and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer in the original Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. When the show moved to Broadway, she continued in those roles, and remained with that production until December 8, 2016.[8] In 2016, she won a Grammy Award for her work as one of the principal soloists on the Hamilton cast album.[9]

In the 2017 Super Bowl, she, along with fellow Hamilton stars Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo, sang "America the Beautiful".[10]

Jones also appears in the 2015 film Mistress America,[11] and in the 2018 film Dog Days.

Personal life[edit]

On December 24, 2018, Cephas Jones became engaged to fellow Hamilton original Broadway cast member Anthony Ramos, whom she met and began dating during rehearsals for the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton at The Public Theatre.[12]


Year Production Role Type
2014 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Kenisha Off-Broadway
2015 Hamilton Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds Off-Broadway
2015–16 Broadway
2019 Cyrano Roxanne Off-Broadway



Year Title Role
2013 Titus Jessica
2014 Fairfield Lindsey
2015 Mistress America Nicolette
2018 Blindspotting Ashley
Monsters and Men Marisol Ortega
Dog Days Lola
2019 Marriage Story Theater Actor
2020 The Photograph Rachel Miller
Hamilton Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds
One Night in Miami Barbara Cooke
Honest Thief Beth Hall


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Blue Bloods Shania Costa Season 4 Episode 8: "Justice Served"
2014 Unforgettable Ellen Season 2 Episode 11: "East of Islip"
2016 Odd Mom Out TKTS Seller Season 2 Episode 3: "Hamming It Up"
2017 Girls Shopgirl Season 6 Episodes 6 & 7: "Full Disclosure", "The Bounce"
2018 Midnight, Texas Addie Wigget Season 2 Episodes 8 & 9: “Patience is a Virtue”, “Yasss, Queen”
2019 Mrs. Fletcher Chloe 5 episodes
2020 #FreeRayshawn Tyisha 15 episodes


Extended plays[edit]

Title Year
Blue Bird 2020


Title Year Album/EP
"Moonlight" 2019 Blue Bird
"Wild Thing" 2020
"Little Bird"

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Freedom" 2018 Anthony Ramos, Broken Luxury The Freedom EP

Cast album appearances[edit]

Album Year Role
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 2015 Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Work Result Ref(s)
Broadway.com Audience Awards May 10, 2016 Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical Hamilton Nominated [13]
Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Grammy Awards February 15, 2016 Best Musical Theater Album Won [9]
Antonyo Awards June 19, 2020 Best Featured Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway Cyrano Won [14]
72nd Primetime Emmy Awards September 20, 2020 Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series #FreeRayshawn Pending [15]


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Kathy (September 3, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton". Broadway Buzz. Broadway.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Jasmine Cephas Jones [@JasCephasJones] (July 21, 2015). "Sang some Stevie wonder with my momma on my Birthday for the #ham4ham lotto! #bestbirthdayever @HamiltonMusical" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Mistress America: Jasmine Cephas-Jones on Her Character. The New York Times (video). August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.[dead link]
  4. ^ Morales, Wilson (August 11, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Talks Noah Baumbach's Mistress America & Broadway's Hamilton". Black Film. Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Jasmine Cephas Jones". IMDb. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bravo to Mackenzie Davis and Jasmine Cephas Jones, NP Class of 2011!". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Jasmine Cephas Jones on IMDb.
  8. ^ Schulman, Michael (August 6, 2015). "The Women of Hamilton". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "58th Annual GRAMMY Awards". The Recording Academy. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Lee, Ashley (January 27, 2017). "Super Bowl: Hamilton Stars to Perform". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Brody, Richard (August 24, 2015). "Mistress America and the Art of Making a Living as an Artist". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy. "A Hamilton Love Story: Anthony Ramos & Jasmine Cephas Jones Are Engaged". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Vote Now! Hamilton Breaks Record for Most Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations". Broadway.com. April 26, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Appler, Michael. "Audra McDonald, LaChanze & Celia Rose Gooding Win at Broadway Black's Inaugural Antonyo Awards". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  15. ^ "Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series Nominees / Winners 2020". Television Academy. Retrieved July 29, 2020.

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