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Daveed Diggs Biography

Birth Name:
Daveed Daniele Diggs
Birth Place:
Oakland, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • First acted in a seventh-grade play, playing a baby
  • Recruited by Brown University to run track in college, during which time he broke the school's record for the 110m hurdle event
  • Taught acting and poetry classes as a middle-school teacher after graduating from Brown
  • Founded an experimental-rap group called Clipping
  • Released his debut solo rap album titled Small Things to a Giant in 2012
  • Met Lin-Manuel Miranda after becoming a member of his improv rap group, Freestyle Love Supreme
  • Originated the roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Lin-Manuel Miranda's widely-acclaimed Broadway production of Hamilton in 2015
  • Broke the record for fastest rap performed on a Broadway stage in Hamilton, rapping 19 words in 3 seconds


  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: nominated
  • 2019Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated