While a psychology major at City College in New York, took bit parts in stage shows such as Peter Pan and The Wiz.
Without formal acting training, she burst onto the scene with a memorable debut as the title character in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, the story of an obese teenager trying to overcome sexual and emotional abuse.
Was obsessed with N'Sync as a teen (admitting to going to 23 of their concerts), and was thrilled when Justin Timberlake announced her Golden Globe nomination for Precious.
2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner
2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2009, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
Ibnou Sidibe — Father
Alice Tan Ridley — Mother
Ahmed Sidibe — Brother
Attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, New York, United States; attended the City University of New York, City College, New York, New York, United States; attended Mercy College, New York, New York, United States