Nikki M. James

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Nikki M. James
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Nikki M. James in 2011
Born (1981-06-03) June 3, 1981 (age 36)
Summit, New Jersey, USA
Occupation Actress, singer
Awards Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) — The Book of Mormon

Nikki Michelle James (born June 3, 1981)[1] 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.[2]


James is of Haitian and Vincentian descent and graduated from Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey.[3] 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.[4] She later attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9] During that run, she took a leave in June 2012 to film a screen version of Lucky Stiff.[10] From 2014 until January 2015, she played Éponine in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables.[11][12]

In July 2017, James starred in the NY City Center ENCORES! revival of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Pizza April Snow
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 Lucky Stiff Annabel
Year Title Role Notes
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 The Good Wife Monica Timmons 6 episodes
2016 BrainDead Rochelle 12 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
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
2006 Bernarda Alba Adela Off-Broadway
2006 The Wiz Dorothy Gale La Jolla Playhouse
2007 Walmartopia Maia Latrell Off-Broadway
2008 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Stratford Shakespeare Festival
2008 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 of the original musical
2015 Preludes Natalya Off-Broadway
2017 Julius Caesar Portia Shakespeare in the Park


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