Daveed Diggs

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

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.


  • 2016, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
  • 2019, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2015, Grammy — Best Musical Theater Album: Winner


  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (BA in Theatre Arts, 2004)