Yetide Badaki

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Yetide Badaki
Badaki at the New York Comic Con
BornSeptember 24, 1981 (age 37)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materMcGill University, Illinois State University
Years active2003-present

Yetide Badaki is a Nigerian-born American actress. She is best known for playing Bilquis on the Starz series American Gods.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Badaki was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, before moving to England for three years when she was three, returning to Nigeria for six years, and settling in America at age twelve.[4] She is a graduate of McGill University with a major in English Literature (Theater) and a minor in Environmental Science.[5] Badaki also has a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Illinois State University.[6][7] She became a United States citizen in 2014.[8]


Badaki received a 2006 Jeff Award nomination for Best Actress in a Principal Role (Play) for I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda.[9] She has received positive reviews for her portrayal of Bilquis on American Gods.[10][11] The character of Bilquis has had its role in the story expanded for the television series.[12] Starting in 2018, Badaki also plays the recurring character Chi Chi on This Is Us.[13]

Badaki has written a short film called Hollywoodland, which she funded with IndieGoGo.[14] Badaki and Karen David will produce and star in the short film while Jessica Sherif will direct. Hollywoodland is a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland set in present-day Los Angeles.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Expiration Naomi
2017 Cardinal X[16] Anita
2018 Chasing the Rain The Woman
2018 The Long Shadow Sissy Leblanc
2019 The Buried Girl Alex


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lost Narjiss Episode: "The Shape of Things to Come"
2013 Criminal Minds Maya Carcani Episode: "Final Shot"
2014 Sequestered Keira Recurring character
2014 Masters of Sex Nurse Williams Episode: "Blackbird"
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Felicia Patrice Episode: "Le Carnaval de la Mort"
2015 Aquarius Rita Carter Episode: "Your Mother Should Know"
2016 K.C. Undercover Penelope Episode: "Coopers Reactivated!"
2017 American Gods Bilquis Main cast
2018 This Is Us Chi Chi Recurring

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Ebele Yetide


  1. ^ "American Gods: Exclusive First Look at Bilquis and the Show's Most Challenging Scene". Vanity Fair. 2016-07-16. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  2. ^ "I want to tell the African story, says American Gods star Yetide Badaki". Times Live. 2016-04-10. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  3. ^ Josh Wigler (2017-06-18). "'American Gods' Star Talks Finale and Her Powerful "Come to Jesus" Moments". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^ "Yetide Badaki: Nigeria's Hollywood sweetheart". Daily Trust. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  5. ^ "Bio". Yetide Badaki. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  6. ^ "Yetide Badaki". The Echo. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  7. ^ "Neil Gaiman's American Gods (the Series) Includes ISU Alum Yetide Badaki". A Follow Spot. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  8. ^ "American Gods' Yetide Badaki: 'Why can't a black woman be a love goddess?'". The Guardian. 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  9. ^ "Flaherty, Galati, Griffin, Bell, Zimmerman Among 2006 Jeff Award Nominees". Playbill. 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  10. ^ "American Gods episode 1 review: Shadow meets Wednesday in intoxicating, blood-soaked pilot". International Business Times. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  11. ^ Jensen, Jeff (2017-04-17). "American Gods: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  12. ^ "The Women of American Gods Get to Actually Be People". The Geekiary. 2017-04-18. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  13. ^ Kimberly Roots (2018-10-02). "This Is Us Enlists American Gods Star Yetide Badaki for Season 3 Stint". TVline. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  14. ^ Tricia Ennis (2018-06-15). "American Gods' Yetide Badaki launches fundraiser for Wonderland short film". Syfy. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  15. ^ Dino-Ray Ramos (2018-06-17). "'American Gods' Star Yetide Badaki Launches Campaign For Reimagining Of 'Alice In Wonderland'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  16. ^ "Cardinal X Review: Dir. Angie Wang (2017)". The Hollywood News. 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2017-04-19.

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