Uzo Aduba stars in The Maids at Trafalgar Studios
Uzo Aduba stars as Solange in Jamie Lloyd’s contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet’s masterpiece The Maids.
Uzo Aduba is a two time Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild winning actress whose work spans television, film and theatre. Aduba currently stars as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Orange is the New Black. For her performance, she won the 2015 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” and the 2014 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy.” Aduba joined Ed Asner to become only the second actor ever to win Emmys for the same role in the comedy and drama categories. Additionally, Aduba won the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy,” was a part of OINTB’s win for “Best Ensemble in a Comedy,” and won the 2014 Broadcast Television Journalists Association Award for “Best Guest Performer in a Comedy.” With her SAG and 2014 Emmy honours, she became the first African American actress to win the award in each category.
Aduba was recently cast in NBC’s production of The Wiz Live! as Glinda the Good Witch. Directed by Kenny Leon and produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the production will also star Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Amber Riley, and David Alan Grier. The Wiz Live! will air on Thursday, December 3 2015.
In film, Aduba is currently in production in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral alongside McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning. The drama is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Philip Roth. Aduba recently wrapped production on Sian Heder’s Tallulah alongside Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Zachary Quinto and Michael Wilson’s Showing Roots alongside Maggie Grace.
Aduba made her television debut in 2012 on the hit CBS show Blue Bloods. Before starring on television, Aduba made her Broadway debut in Coram Boy in 2007 followed by the hit musical revival of Godspell in 2011.
She discovered her talent for singing at a very early age and became a classical music major at the Boston University School of Fine Arts. Work in theatre quickly followed with critically acclaimed performances at both The Huntington Theatre in Boston and A.R.T. where, under the direction of Dianne Paulus, she won the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Aduba was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in the Kennedy Center/Olney Theater production of Translations of Xhosa. Other theater credits include DESSA ROSE at the New Repertory Theatre, Turnado: Rumble for the Ring at the Papermill Playhouse, and Abyssinia at the Goodspeed Theatre. Past films include the independent shorts Over There and Notes.