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Yvonne Orji Biography

Birth Place:
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • Entered a pageant as a favor for a friend; for the talent portion, wrote and delivered her first standup comedy routine
  • After graduating with her Masters, she lived in Liberia for six months working with an HIV prevention effort
  • Before being cast in Insecure, she worked as a wedding emcee
  • Wrote and starred in the virally distributed pilot episode for First Gen, an autobiographical sitcom about a Nigerian woman who abandons med-school in favor of stand-up comedy
  • Serves as a creative consultant for Beauty and the Baller


  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated