Teyonah Parris (// tee-ON-ə; born September 22, 1987) is an American actress. She began her career playing secretary Dawn Chambers in the AMC drama series Mad Men (2012–2015) and starring in the 2014 independent film Dear White People. Since that, Parris starred in Spike Lee's film Chi-Raq, in US soap opera Empire and in Academy-nominated film If Beale Street Could Talk. In 2021, Parris landed her breakthrough role portraying an adult Monica Rambeau in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ series WandaVision. She will reprise the role in The Marvels, scheduled to be released in 2022.
|Born||September 22, 1987|
Hopkins, South Carolina, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (BFA)|
Life and careerEdit
Parris was born and raised in Hopkins, South Carolina. She was accepted into the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities where she finished 11th and 12th grade, before attending and graduating from the Juilliard School. She made her television debut in 2010, with a guest-starring role on The Good Wife. In 2012, she was cast in a recurring role as Dawn Chambers in the AMC drama series, Mad Men. She played the first major African American character on Mad Men.
In 2014, Parris had her breakthrough role in the independent film Dear White People. Later in that year, Parris began starring in the Starz comedy series, Survivor's Remorse. In 2015, Parris went to star in the satirical drama film Chi-Raq directed by Spike Lee. She received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture nomination for this film. She played the leading role in Where Children Play directed by Leila Djansi, and starred alongside David Oyelowo in Five Nights in Maine. Later in 2015, she played R&B/Jazz singer Miki Howard in the biopic The Miki Howard Story.
In 2016, Parris was cast as lead character in the period drama film Buffalo Soldier Girl about a woman who, disguised as a man, enlisted and fought with the African American Post Civil War era as a Buffalo Soldier. In 2017, she had a recurring role on the Fox prime time soap opera Empire playing Detective Pamela Rose. In early 2018, Parris was cast in a leading role on the CBS drama pilot Murder. Also that year, she co-starred in If Beale Street Could Talk, a drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins. She played the lead role of Kaneisha in the 2018 Off-Broadway production of Slave Play at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Parris plays the adult version of Monica Rambeau (introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain Marvel) in the Disney+ series WandaVision. She will reprise the role in The Marvels scheduled to be released November 2022.
|Denotes productions that have not yet been released|
|2010||Empire Corner||Alma||Short film|
|Wu is Dead||Alma||Short film|
|How Do You Know||Riva|
|2013||A Picture of You||Mika|
|2014||Dear White People||Colandrea "Coco" Conners|
|They Came Together||Wanda|
|2015||Five Nights in Maine||Penelope|
|Where Children Play||Bellissima Mccain|
|2016||90 Days||Jessica||Short film|
|2018||If Beale Street Could Talk||Ernestine Rivers|
|2020||Charm City Kings||Terri|
|2022||The Marvels||Monica Rambeau||Filming|
|TBA||They Cloned Tyrone||Yo-Yo||Post-production|
|2010||The Good Wife||Melinda Gossett||Episode: "Double Jeopardy"|
|2012–2015||Mad Men||Dawn Chambers||Recurring role, 22 episodes|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Karen Branston||Episode: "Take the Money and Run"|
|2014–2017||Survivor's Remorse||Missy Vaughn||Series regular, 36 episodes|
|2016||Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story||Miki Howard||Also producer|
|2017||Empire||Detective Pamela Rose||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2018||Murder||Det. Ayana Lake||Pilot|
|2021||WandaVision||Monica Rambeau / "Geraldine"||Main cast|
|2021||Marvel Studios: Assembled||Herself||Documentary; Episode: "Assembled: The Making of WandaVision"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|AAFCA Awards||2015||Chi-Raq||Best Actress||Won|||
|Black Reel Awards||2015||Dear White People||Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female||Won|||
|Outstanding Supporting Actress, Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2016||Chi-Raq||Outstanding Actress, Motion Picture||Won|||
|2017||Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story||Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series (as producer)||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series||Nominated|
|Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards||2021||WandaVision||Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie||Nominated|||
|Hollywood Film Festival||2017||90 Days||Exceptional Emerging Artist - Acting||Won|||
|MTV Movie & TV Awards||2021||WandaVision||Best Hero||Nominated|||
|NAACP Image Awards||2016||Chi-Raq||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||2013||Mad Men||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|Seattle Film Critics Society||2018||If Beale Street Could Talk||Best Ensemble Cast||Nominated|||
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||2018||If Beale Street Could Talk||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|||
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