Adeliyi in 2013
|Born||January 5, 1977|
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Actress, rapper, singer|
Oluniké Adeliyi (born January 5, 1977) is a Canadian actress of Jamaican-Nigerian descent. She appeared in the 2010 horror film Saw 3D and guest starred as Leah Kerns in the television series Flashpoint.
Adeliyi was born in Brampton, Ontario but frequently visited Brooklyn, New York to pursue acting. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, performing in local theater, before returning to Toronto in 2008.
Adeliyi began acting when she was cast as the Artful Dodger in her middle school play Oliver Twist. After graduating high school, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has since performed in theatres throughout Canada and the U.S. playing leading roles in Blue Window, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Children's Hour, Jitney, and Michael Cristofer's play The Shadow Box.
One of her earliest film roles was an uncredited bit part in the film John Q; on set, she met Denzel Washington, who she claims "inspired" her to continue pursuing acting. In 2009 she starred as the lead in the AfriCan Theatre Ensemble production of Efua Sutherland's The Marriage of Anansewa. Also that year, she starred in the Canadian TV series Flashpoint. She was nominated for Best Performance by a Female – Film at the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards for her performance in French Immersion.
In 2017, Adeliyi attracted media attention in Canada after an incident at Toronto's Kingsway Theatre. The establishment does not allow backpacks into its theatre, and Oluniké would not leave her backpack for safekeeping with theatre staff. Theatre staff refused to sell her a ticket, and when she refused to leave, police were called. Adeliyi claimed she was discriminated against by the theatre staff, who filmed her, while the theatre staff claim they were following protocol. After police were called, Adeliyi was escorted out of the theatre. Adeliyi described the experience as "dehumanizing," and in an interview with the Toronto Star, she spoke further of the experience, saying:
I take offence to being labelled dangerous and that is what happened . . . When things happen like that, it can go any way, and people can get hurt . . . it compromises the person who [is] accused of something, and that is not fair.
Theatre owner Rui Pereira described Adeliyi as "abusive", saying she "slammed her bag on the counter and demanded a ticket", and then refused to leave when told to by staff.
|2002||John Q||Insurance Rep (uncredited)|
|2002||Undercover Brother||Bank Patron (uncredited)|
|2003||Blue Murder||Hooker #2||Episode: "Ambush"|
|2004||New York Minute||Big Shirl's Beautician|
|2008||The Border||Aide||Episode: "Going Dark"|
|2009||Flashpoint||Leah Kerns||18 episodes|
|2010||Two Cities||Mpumi||Short film|
|2011||Who Is Simon Miller?||Jasmine||TV movie|
|2011||Combat Hospital||Yolanda Cullerne||Episode: "Brothers in Arms"|
|2011||Half Way Home||(voice)||Short film|
|2012||Being Human||Cecilia||3 episodes|
|2012||The Listener||Rebecca Kalb||Episode: "Poisoned Minds"|
|2012||Three Days in Havana||Night||Post-production|
|2015||Saving Hope||Tammy "Armageddon" Jenkins||The Parent Trap|
|2015||Lost Girl||Suri Middleton||Episode : "Like Father, Like Daughter"|
|2015||A Christmas Horror Story||Kim Peters|
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- Monique Savin, "Keeping in fighting trim", The Globe and Mail, 6 June 2011, L3.
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- AfriCan Theatre Ensemble
- Harbourfront Centre.
- "Workin' Moms: Frankie's Struggles Hit Close to Home for Juno Rinaldi - The TV Junkies". The TV Junkies. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
- Taste Buds
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- "Actress claims she was discriminated against by theatre — while going to see film about race". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
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- ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Arts -. "L'actrice Oluniké Adeliyi expulsée d'un cinéma : un geste discriminatoire, selon elle". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-14.
- "Social media skirmish escalates over Toronto actress's discrimination claim | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-03-14.