Nikki M. James
Nikki M. James
Nikki M. James in 2011
Nikki Michelle James
June 3, 1981
Summit, New Jersey, USA
|Awards||Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical)—The Book of Mormon|
Nikki Michelle James (born June 3, 1981) is an American actress and singer. James is best known for her performances in the popular stage musicals The Book of Mormon and Les Misérables, her role in the former having earned her a Tony Award.
James was born to immigrant parents; a Vincentian father and a Haitian mother who settled in New Jersey in pursuit of the American Dream. James grew up in Livingston, New Jersey where she would graduate from Livingston High School. As a child, she sang and acted in church and in school performances. She was nominated for a Rising Star Award at Paper Mill Playhouse for her performance as Dolly Levi in high school. She later attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
James made her Broadway debut in the ill-fated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and starred as Ottilie in the New York City Center Encores! production of House of Flowers. She played Adela in the Off-Broadway run of Michael John LaChiusa's musical adaptation of Bernarda Alba and appeared in the Broadway cast of All Shook Up.
James played Dorothy in the revival of The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse and also starred in Romeo and Juliet and Caesar and Cleopatra at the Stratford Festival with Christopher Plummer. In the musical The Book of Mormon, she won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Nabulungi. During that run, she took a leave in June 2012 to film a screen version of Lucky Stiff. From 2014 to January 2015, she played Éponine in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables.
In July 2017, James starred in the New York City Center Encores! staged concert of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.
|2009||Caesar and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Same as the 2008 theatre play|
|2013||All Is Bright||Betsy|
|2014||The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby||Sia||Appeared in Him, the first in a trio of films|
|2015||For Real||Candace||TV Movie|
|2001||Third Watch||Maizie||2 episodes: "He Said/She Said" and "Childhood Memories"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Tamara Bates||Episode: "Stray"|
|2004||The Jury||Myra Clarkson||Episode: "Bangers"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jackie||Episode: "Salome in Manhattan"|
|2010||30 Rock||Erica||Episode: "Gentleman's Intermission"|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||911 Operator||Episode: "Father Dearest"|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective||Episode: "Padre Sandunguera"|
|2015–2016||The Good Wife||Monica Timmons||6 episodes|
|2016||The Blacklist||Rose||Episode: "The Caretaker (No. 78)"|
|2017–present||Welcome to the Wayne||Julia Wiles (voice)||Recurring role|
|2018||Bull||Chloe Tomlin||Episode: "Gag Order"|
|2018||The Good Fight||Monica Timmons||Episode: "Day 457"|
|2018||Instinct||Ashley||Episode: "Blast from the Past"|
|2019||Proven Innocent||Violet Bell||Main role|
|2001||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Sabina Temple||Broadway (debut)|
|2003||House of Flowers||Ottilie||New York City Center Encores!|
|2003||Summer||Charity Royall||New York reading|
|2005||All Shook Up||Lorraine||Broadway|
|The Wiz||Dorothy Gale||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2008||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Stratford Shakespeare Festival|
|Caesar and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Same as the 2009 film release|
|2011||The Book of Mormon||Nabulungi||Broadway|
|2013||Fetch Clay, Make Man||Sonji||Off-Broadway|
|2014||Les Misérables||Éponine Thénardier||Broadway (revival)|
|2016||Twelfth Night||Viola||Shakespeare in the Park|
|The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin||Bubbly||New York City Center Encores!|
|2018||Twelfth Night||Viola||Shakespeare in the Park (announced)|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||The Book of Mormon||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
- "James" imdb.com
- McPhee, Ryan. "Watch 'Les Miserables' Star Nikki M. James Perform 'On My Own' & Chat with Wendy Williams" broadway.com, May 21, 2014
- Reich, Ronni, ed. (22 March 2014). "NJ native Nikki James making history in Les Miserables". NJ.com. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- "Nikki M. James". Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- "Westfield H.S. wins 8 Rising Star Awards from Paper Mill Playhouse". Suburban News. June 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
Among the former nominees and winners are Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway, Tony award winner Laura Benanti, and 2011 Tony Award winner, Nikki M. James.
- "Nikki M James interview" newyork.com, accessed 12-23-2015 Archived 2015-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
- Brantley, Ben. “THEATER REVIEW; Those Sunny Brothels Where Sin Has No Sting” The New York Times, February 15, 2003
- "Nikki M. James Broadway" ibdb.com
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: Chatting with 'Book of Mormon' 's Nikki M. James" Playbill, February 25, 2011
- " To Star in Film Adaptation of 'Lucky Stiff' " broadway.com
- "Prepare the Barricades Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy, Nikki M James to Lead 'Les Miserables on Broadway" broadway.com
- "Tony Winner Nikki M James Sets Departure Date From Broadways 'Les Miserables' " broadway.com