Jasmine Cephas Jones
Jasmine Cephas Jones (born July 21, 1989) is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is best known for originating the dual roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the Broadway stage musical Hamilton. In 2020, Cephas Jones won a Primetime Emmy for portraying Tyisha in #freerayshawn.
Jasmine Cephas Jones
|Born||July 21, 1989|
New York City, New York
|Education||Berklee College of Music|
|Partner(s)||Anthony Ramos (2015–present; engaged 2018)|
|Parent(s)||Ron Cephas Jones|
Jones is the daughter of actor Ron Cephas Jones and British-born jazz singer Kim Lesley. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and Berklee College of Music, and graduated from Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 2011. She grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, where she still lived as of 2015.
Jones has made small appearances in multiple independent films, including Titus (2013) and Fairfield (2014). She has also appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, and Mrs. Fletcher.
In 2015, she originated the roles of Maria Reynolds and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer in the original Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. When the show moved to Broadway, she continued in those roles, and remained with that production until December 8, 2016. In 2016, she won a Grammy Award for her work as one of the principal soloists on the Hamilton cast album.
Jones also appears in the 2015 film Mistress America, the 2018 film Dog Days, and the critically acclaimed 2018 film Blindspotting. In 2020, she appeared as a secondary character in the short series #Freerayshawn, winning an Emmy for her performance as Tyisha. Jones' 2020 Emmy win made history alongside her father Ron Cephas Jones for being the first father-daughter duo to win Emmy Awards in the same year.
Following the positive response to the Blindspotting film, cable and streaming network STARZ along with Lionsgate Television, Snoot Entertainment, and Dreams With Friends Inc., ordered a spin-off series following the events of the film. The series had Jones set to lead the cast, reviving her role as Ashley for the series as it surrounds her character. The series also had Jones set to serve as producer for the season, awarding her a first producing credit. Blindspotting (TV) premiered on June 13, 2021.
On December 24, 2018, Cephas Jones became engaged to fellow Hamilton original Broadway cast member Anthony Ramos, whom she met and began dating during rehearsals for the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton at The Public Theatre.
|2014||The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner||Kenisha||Off-Broadway|
|2015||Hamilton||Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds|
|Monsters and Men||Marisol Ortega|
|2019||Marriage Story||Theater Actor|
|2020||The Photograph||Rachel Miller|
|Hamilton||Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds|
|Honest Thief||Beth Hall|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Shania Costa||Season 4 Episode 8: "Justice Served"|
|2014||Unforgettable||Ellen||Season 2 Episode 11: "East of Islip"|
|2016||Odd Mom Out||TKTS Seller||Season 2 Episode 3: "Hamming It Up"|
|2017||Girls||Shopgirl||Season 6 Episodes 6 & 7: "Full Disclosure", "The Bounce"|
|2018||Midnight, Texas||Addie Wigget||Season 2 Episodes 8 & 9: “Patience is a Virtue”, “Yasss, Queen”|
|2019||Mrs. Fletcher||Chloe||5 episodes|
|2021||Blindspotting||Ashley Rose||8 episodes||Producer|
|2019||"Mind Over Matter"||Anthony Ramos|
|2019||"Moonlight"||Jasmine Cephas Jones|
|2020||"Little Bird"||Jasmine Cephas Jones|
|"Wild Thing Remix ft. Daveed Diggs"||2021||Non-Album Single|
|"Freedom"||2018||Anthony Ramos, Broken Luxury||The Freedom EP|
|"What's Going On"||2020||Devon Gilfillian||What's Going On|
Cast album appearances
|Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)||2015||Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds|
Awards and nominations
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Work||Result||Ref(s)|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||May 10, 2016||Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical||Hamilton||Nominated|||
|Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||February 15, 2016||Best Musical Theater Album||Won|||
|Antonyo Awards||June 19, 2020||Best Featured Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway||Cyrano||Won|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards||September 17, 2020||Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||#FreeRayshawn||Won|||
|NAACP Image Awards||March 27, 2021||Outstanding Performance in a Short-Form Series||Nominated|||
|Women's Image Awards||October 14, 2021||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Blindspotting||Pending|||
- Henderson, Kathy (September 3, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton". Broadway Buzz. Broadway.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
- Jasmine Cephas Jones [@JasCephasJones] (July 21, 2015). "Sang some Stevie wonder with my momma on my Birthday for the #ham4ham lotto! #bestbirthdayever @HamiltonMusical" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Mistress America: Jasmine Cephas-Jones on Her Character. The New York Times (video). August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.[dead link]
- Morales, Wilson (August 11, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Talks Noah Baumbach's Mistress America & Broadway's Hamilton". Black Film. Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- "Bravo to Mackenzie Davis and Jasmine Cephas Jones, NP Class of 2011!". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
- Schulman, Michael (August 6, 2015). "The Women of Hamilton". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
- "58th Annual GRAMMY Awards". The Recording Academy. November 28, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
- Lee, Ashley (January 27, 2017). "Super Bowl: Hamilton Stars to Perform". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018.
- Brody, Richard (August 24, 2015). "Mistress America and the Art of Making a Living as an Artist". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (September 10, 2020). "'Blindspotting' Series Based on Movie a Go at Starz". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
- LeGardye, Quinci (July 26, 2021). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Shows Her True Star Power in 'Blindspotting'". ELLE. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
- "73rd Emmy Nominations Announcement". Television Academy. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
- Lefkowitz, Andy. "A Hamilton Love Story: Anthony Ramos & Jasmine Cephas Jones Are Engaged". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
- "Vote Now! Hamilton Breaks Record for Most Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations". Broadway.com. April 26, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
- Appler, Michael (June 20, 2020). "Audra McDonald, LaChanze & Celia Rose Gooding Win at Broadway Black's Inaugural Antonyo Awards". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
- "Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series Nominees / Winners 2020". Television Academy. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
- "2021 Nominees". NAACP Image Awards. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
- "Women's Image Network ANNOUNCES its 23rd WOMEN'S IMAGE AWARDS FILM & TELEVISION NOMINEES". PRWeb. Retrieved September 14, 2021.