Television and Broadway actress best known for her role as Crazy Eyes on the hit series Orange Is the New Black. She won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for the role.
She studied classical voice and was a track and field athlete at Boston University. She first started gaining attention as an actress in 2003 when she earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts.
She made her Broadway debut in 2007 in Coram Boy. Her first television acting appearance came in an episode of Blue Bloods in 2012.
Her parents are Nigerian. She was born in Boston, MA and raised in Medfield.
She often shares the screen with Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling.