Rose to fame for playing Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the hit Netflix comedy series Orange is the New Black.
She grew up in a Christian family in Greenville, South Carolina and acted in a nativity play when she was six years old.
She played roles in the stage productions of Servant of Two Masters and Blacken the Bubble.
Her mother worked as a deacon and her father worked as a minister. She grew up with a younger brother.
She played an inmate who wore Taylor Schilling's character's blonde weave in Orange is the New Black.