Danielle Brooks Profile
Danielle Brooks is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.
Brooks received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Sofia in the 2015 Broadway production of The Color Purple.
Danielle Brooks Education
For her final two years of high school, Brooks attended South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, a selective arts high school. She then studied drama at the Juilliard School and graduated in 2011.
Danielle Brooks Career
After graduating from Juilliard, Danielle won roles in two theater productions: Blacken the Bubble and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Servant of Two Masters.
Brooks competed against co-star Uzo Aduba in an episode of Spike’s Lip Sync Battle that aired on June 28, 2017. She won with performances of Ciara’s “1, 2 Step” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”.
In September 2013, she was cast in a third season episode of the HBO series Girls, becoming the first African-American actress on the show.
She made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple as Sofia. The musical opened on December 10, 2015, at the Bernard B. Jacobs. Danielle received good notices for her performance,[by whom?] and received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Danielle Brooks Age
Brooks was born on September 17, 1989 in North Augusta, South Carolina, United States (she is 29 years old as of 2018.)
Danielle Brooks Family
Brooks was born in Augusta, Georgia, and raised in South Carolina, in a Christian family. Danielle’s father was a deacon, and her mother, a minister. She began acting at the age of six in a nativity play put on by her church.
Danielle Brooks Husband/ Dating
In February 2018, Brooks shared romantic photos on Instagram for Valentine’s day of herself with her her beau.
Brooks captioned the photo, “What I’ve always imagined love to feel like…”
Danielle Brooks Baby
On July 2, 2019, Brooks announced that she was pregnant and is expecting her first child.
Danielle Brooks Net Worth
Brooks has an estimated net worth of $1 Million which she has earned from her acting and singing career.
Danielle Brooks Orange Is the New Black
In 2013, Brooks left both productions to join the cast of the Netflix-produced television series Orange Is the New Black, a show about a women’s prison, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name. She played a role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson.
Brooks’ character originally was intended to be featured in the show for only two episodes, but was written into the rest of the first season and subsequent seasons. Her characters onscreen best friend Poussey is played by Samira Wiley, with whom Brooks has been friends since they met while studying together at Juilliard.
Danielle’s performance on the show has been favorably reviewed by TV critics, with one writer calling her “the breakout actress of the show and one of the most refreshing and exciting new talents of 2013.” She was upgraded from a recurring cast member to a series regular for the show’s second season.
Orange Is the New Black Cast
- Taylor Schilling playing a role as Piper Chapman
- Samira Wiley playing a role as Poussey Washington
- Yael Stone playing a role as Lorna Morello
- Selenis Leyva playing a role as Gloria Mendoza
- Laura Prepon playing a role as Alex Vause
- Michael Harney playing a role as Sam Healy
- Kate Mulgrew playing a role as Galina “Red” Reznikov
- Jason Biggs playing a role as Larry Bloom
- Uzo Aduba playing a role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
- Natasha Lyonne playing a role as Nicky Nichols
- Taryn Manning playing a role as Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
- Adrienne C. Moore playing a role as Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes
- Dascha Polanco playing a role as Dayanara “Daya” Diaz
- Jackie Cruz playing a role as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
- Lea DeLaria playing a role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black
- Elizabeth Rodriguez playing a role as Aleida Diaz
- Jessica Pimentel playing a role as Maria Ruiz
Danielle Brooks Movies and Tv Shows
Danielle Brooks Movies
2015: I Dream Too Much Abbey
2016: The Angry Birds Movie Olive Blue/Monica the Crossing Guard (voice)
2019: Clemency Evette
2019: The Day Shall Come Venus
2012: Modern Love playing a role as Raimy
2013: Black Girls Rock! 2013 playing a role as Herself
2013–2019: Orange Is the New Black playing a role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
2014: Girls playing a role as Laura
2015–2017: Master of None playing a role as Shannon
2016: Lasso & Comet playing a role as Comet (voice)
2017: Lip Sync Battle playing a role as Herself
2018: Project Runway All Stars playing a role as Herself