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Samira Wiley Biography

Birth Place:
United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Was inspired to become an actress in the third grade after hearing a classmate do a dramatic reading of Nikki Giovanni's poem "Ego-Tripping
  • " Her parents are co-pastors of Anacostia's Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ and are public advocates for LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage
  • Met Orange Is The New Black co-star Danielle Brooks when both were students at The Juilliard School
  • Has done charitable work with the Woman's Prison Association packing back-to-school backpacks for young women returning to society after incarceration
  • Met script writer wife Lauren Morelli when they both worked on Orange Is The New Black
  • Morelli subsequently came out of the closet and divorced her husband to be with Wiley

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner

Relationships

  • Dennis Wiley -- Father
  • Christine Wiley -- Mother