Zainab Jah

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Zainab Jah
Born
London, UK
OccupationActress
Years active2001–present

Zainab Jah is a British award-winning theater, television and film actress of Sierra Leonean descent.[1] She is mostly known for her Broadway performances as Maima (Wife Number Two) in Danai Gurira's Broadway play Eclipsed, Venus, and School Girl, among others.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

She has also worked in film and television. She plays Anti-Corruption Minister Aminata Sissoko in the second season of Deep State, and Aby Bah in Homeland. She has also appeared on Blindspot and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2020 Farewell Amor Esther
2021 False Positive Grace Singleton

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Only Murders in the Building Ndidi Idoko 4 Episodes
2020 The Good Lord Bird Harriet Tubman Episode: "Smells Like Bear"
2019 Deep State Aminata Sissoko Season 2 (7 Episodes)
2018 Blindspot President Botros Episode: "Defection"
2016-2017 Homeland Aby Bah 4 Episodes
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Homeless Person Episode: "Goliath"
2001 100 Centre Street Episode: "Lost Causes"

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Venus [8][9]
2009 Eclipsed Maima (Wife #2)

Awards[edit]

Awards & Nominations[10]
Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2019 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Boesman and Lena Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Nominated [11]
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Nominated
2018 Drama Desk Award Drama Desk Ensemble Award Won
2017 Audie Award Audie Award for Young Listeners Won
2016 Obie Award Obie Award for Performance Eclipsed Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ZAINAB JAH". Huntington theatre. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  2. ^ Mcphee, Ryan. "Zainab Jah and More Set for School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play Off-Broadway". Playbill. Playbill. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. ^ Quinn, Gwendolyn (2017-05-28). "INSIDE BROADWAY: BRITISH-BORN AFRICAN ACTRESS ZAINAB JAH STARS IN HISTORIC 'VENUS' AND SHARES HER JOURNEY FROM SIERRA LEONE TO AMERICA". EurWeb. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Eclipsed's Zainab Jah on Being an African Woman in American Theater". Elle. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Sahr Ngaujah and Zainab Jah in New Photos From Boesman and Lena". Theatre Mania. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  6. ^ Soloski, Alexis. "Zainab Jah, 'Eclipsed' Star, Is Ready for Battle". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah & Thomas Silcott to star in Signature Theatre's Boesman and Lena". New York Theatre Guide. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  8. ^ Windman, Matt. "'Venus' review: Zainab Jah shines in superb off-Broadway drama". Amny. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  9. ^ "See Suzan-Lori Parks, Zainab Jah & More Step Out for Venus' Off-Broadway Opening". Broadway. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Zainab Jah". iobdb. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  11. ^ Mcphee, Ryan. "Nominations for the 2019 Drama Desk Awards Announced; Oklahoma!, Tootsie, Rags Parkland Lead the Pack". Play Bill. Retrieved 25 December 2019.