Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks(born September 17, 1989) is an American actress best known for her role as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the Netflix original seriesOrange Is the New Black.

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 Danielle Brooks's Early life and education

For her final three years of high school, she attended South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities , a performing arts school.She studied drama at the Juilliard School and graduated in 2011.

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 Danielle Brooks's Career

Taystee's on-screen best friend is played by Samira Wiley , with whom Brooks has been friends since they met while studying together at Juilliard.Brooks' performance inOrange Is the New Blackhas been praised by critics,with one writer fromThe Daily Beastcalling her "the breakout actress of the show and one of the most refreshing and exciting new talents of 2013".Brooks was upgraded from a recurring cast member to a series regular for the show's second season.

Girls, where she played the first black woman on the show.

On May 27, 2015, the media announced that Brooks would make her Broadway debut in the upcoming fall 2015 revival ofThe Color Purpleas Sofia. The musical opened on December 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs , to critical acclaim. Brooks received praise for her performance, and received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical .

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 Danielle Brooks's Filmography


2014 I Dream Too Much TBA Filming
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Olive Blue/Monica the Crossing Guard (voice)


2012 Modern Love Raimy TV movie
2013 Black Girls Rock! 2013 Herself TV movie
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson 29 episodes
2014 Girls Laura Episode: "Females Only"
2015 Master of None Shannon Episode: "Indians on TV"

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 Danielle Brooks's Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2014 Young Hollywood Award Breakthrough ActressOrange is the New BlackWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWon
2016 Tony Award Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a MusicalThe Color PurplePending
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalPending
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalNominated
Theatre World AwardWon

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 Danielle Brooks's References

  1. Fallon, Kevin (December 11, 2013). "Danielle Brooks, Taystee on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ Is the Breakout Star of the Year". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  2. Soloski, Alexis (July 10, 2013). "Quick Route From Juilliard to Jail". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  3. Abdulhamid, Yassmeen (September 2013). "Fame Is the New Reality for 'Orange' Actress". The Juilliard School. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  4. Andrews, Helena (September 9, 2013). "Danielle Brooks on Being 'Tasytee' and Staying Grounded". Ebony. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  5. Henderson, Samantha (August 29, 2013). "Danielle Brooks of 'Orange Is The New Black': 'We Weren't Going To Sugarcoat Things'". Out. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  6. "Danielle Brooks Will Be 'The First Black Woman' On 'Girls'". The Huffington Post. September 15, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 

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