Toks Olagundoye

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Toks Olagundoye
Toks Olagundoye 2013.jpg
Olagundoye at a PR shoot in April 2013
Born Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye
(1975-09-16) September 16, 1975 (age 41)[1]
Lagos, Nigeria[2]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sean Quinn (m. 2015)

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke "Toks" Olagundoye (born September 16, 1975) is a Nigerian television and film actress, writer and producer.[1] She is known for her role as Hayley Shipton in Castle and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC TV sitcom The Neighbors.

Early life[edit]

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father.[2] As a youth, she was educated in Nigeria, Switzerland, and England.[3][4] She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Smith College.[4]


Olagundoye made her screen debuts on both TV and the big screen in 2002; in an episode of the television series The Education of Max Bickford; and in the film Brown Sugar later that same year. She appeared opposite Ruby Dee in an off-Broadway production Saint Lucy's Eyes in April 2001,[5] and in 2005 she cofounded the theater company Three Chicks Theatre, which produced Andrea Lepcio's One Nation Under in 2008.[1] Olagundoye has guest-starred on Ugly Betty, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Switched at Birth, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Prime Suspect. Her film credits include A Beautiful Soul, Come Back to Me, Absolute Trust and The Salon.

In 2012 Olagundoye was cast as a series regular in the ABC comedy series The Neighbors,[6][7][8][9] playing the part of Jackie Joyner-Kersee until the series was canceled after two seasons in 2014.[10] She later had starring roles in the two television pilots: Feed Me, opposite Mary-Louise Parker for NBC; and Amazon's Salem Rogers, co-starring with Leslie Bibb.[11][12] Olagundoye joined the cast of ABC comedy-drama Castle in 2015 as a series regular in the role of Hayley Shipton.[13]

Personal life[edit]

On May 16, 2015, Toks got married to Sean Quinn, whom she met on Twitter, after several years of dating.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Brown Sugar Sidney's LA Assistant
2005 The Salon Peaches
2009 Absolute Trust Kelly
2010 Mom Squad Mom Short film
2010 Dorito-hibition! Danielle Short film
2011 Most Wanted Operative Keel
2011 Come Back to Me Seritou
2011 Life Begins at Rewirement Nurse Short film
2012 A Beautiful Soul Theresa Whitaker
2012 Democracy at Work Meghan Oliver


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Hannah Episode: "An Open Book"
2004 Law & Order Janette Gardner Episode: "C.O.D."
2006 3 lbs Mary Episode: "Of Two Minds"
2008 Ugly Betty Sales Girl Episode: "Bad Amanda"
2010 Law & Order Claire Episode: "Blackmail"
2010 CSI: NY Reporter Episode: "Hide Sight"
2011 Switched at Birth Cooking Class Teacher Episode: "The Persistence of Memory"
2011 NCIS Rebeka Hooper Episode: "Safe Harbor"
2011 Prime Suspect Lucy Martin Episode: "Wednesday's Child"
2012–2014 The Neighbors Jackie Joyner-Kersee 44 episodes
2014 Steven Universe Nanefua Episode: "Beach Party"
2015 The Fosters Faith Episodes: "More Than Words", "Lucky"
2015–2016 Castle Hayley Shipton 13 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Game of Thrones Beskha (voice)


  1. ^ a b c Toks Olagundoye: Biography at
  2. ^ a b Toks Olagundoye at ABC MediaNet
  3. ^ Toks Olagundoye at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b Get To Know Toks at her official website
  5. ^ Matthew Murray (2001-04-12). "Saint Lucy's Eyes Theatre Review by Matthew Murray". Talkin', Inc. Matthew Murray. Retrieved 22 September 2015. Though the new play, Saint Lucy's Eyes, which opened last night, 
  6. ^ The Neighbors: First Look at ABC's New Alien Family Comedy,, 15 May 2012.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 11, 2011). "Pilot Castings: Four In Dan Fogelman Comedy, Jeff Eastin Drama Adds One". PMC. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ The Neighbors at ABC
  9. ^ 31 Fresh Faces of Fall TV 2012,
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 9, 2014). "ABC Cancels 'The Neighbors'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Toks Olagundoye Joins NBC Pilot 'Feed Me', JoBeth Williams In 'Your Family Or Mine' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "'The Neighbors' Actress Joins Amazon Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "'Castle' Enlists 'Neighbors' Favorite as Regular for Season 8". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Castle's Toks Olagundoye: 5 Things to Know". The People. November 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Toks Olagundoye Shares How She Met Her Husband On Twitter". Access Hollywood. April 18, 2016. 

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