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Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke "Toks" Olagundoye (born 16 September 1975) is a Nigerian actress.[1] She is known for her role as Hayley Shipton in Castle and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC TV sitcom The Neighbors.

Toks Olagundoye
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Olagundoye at a PR shoot in April 2013
Born
Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye

(1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 43)[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materSmith College
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)
Sean Quinn (m. 2015)

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Early lifeEdit

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke Olagundoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father.[2] As a youth, she was educated in Nigeria, Switzerland, and England.[3][4] She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Smith College.[4]

CareerEdit

Olagundoye made her screen debuts on both TV and the big screen in 2002; in an episode of the television series The Education of Max Bickford; and in the film Brown Sugar later that same year. She appeared opposite Ruby Dee in an off-Broadway production Saint Lucy's Eyes in April 2001,[5] and in 2005 she cofounded the theater company Three Chicks Theatre, which produced Andrea Lepcio's One Nation Under in 2008.[1] Olagundoye has guest-starred on Ugly Betty, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Switched at Birth, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Prime Suspect. Her film credits include A Beautiful Soul, Come Back to Me, Absolute Trust and The Salon.

In 2012 Olagundoye was cast as a series regular in the ABC comedy series The Neighbors,[6][7][8][9] playing the part of Jackie Joyner-Kersee until the series was canceled after two seasons in 2014.[10] She later had starring roles in the two television pilots: Feed Me, opposite Mary-Louise Parker for NBC; and Amazon's Salem Rogers, co-starring with Leslie Bibb.[11][12] Olagundoye joined the cast of ABC comedy-drama Castle in 2015 as a series regular in the role of Hayley Shipton.[13]

In 2019 Olagundoye had a recurring role on the final season of Veep playing Senator Kemi Talbot.

Personal lifeEdit

On May 16, 2015, Olagundoye married Sean Quinn, whom she met on Twitter, after several years of dating.[14]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Brown Sugar Sidney's LA Assistant
2005 The Salon Peaches
2009 Absolute Trust Kelly
2010 Mom Squad Mom Short film
2010 Dorito-hibition! Danielle Short film
2011 Most Wanted Operative Keel
2011 Come Back to Me Seritou
2011 Life Begins at Rewirement Nurse Short film
2012 A Beautiful Soul Theresa Whitaker
2012 Democracy at Work Meghan Oliver
2018 The Death of Superman Cat Grant (voice) Direct-to-video
2018 Dog Days Nina
2018 Tremors Jessica Florence Television film
2019 Reign of the Supermen Cat Grant (voice) Direct-to-video
2019 Steven Universe: The Movie Nanefua Pizza (voice) Television film

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Education of Max Bickford Hannah Episode: "An Open Book"
2004 Law & Order Janette Gardner Episode: "C.O.D."
2006 3 lbs Mary Episode: "Of Two Minds"
2008 Ugly Betty Sales Girl Episode: "Bad Amanda"
2010 Law & Order Claire Episode: "Blackmail"
2010 CSI: NY Reporter Episode: "Hide Sight"
2011 Switched at Birth Cooking Class Teacher Episode: "The Persistence of Memory"
2011 NCIS Rebeka Hooper Episode: "Safe Harbor"
2011 Prime Suspect Lucy Martin Episode: "Wednesday's Child"
2012–2014 The Neighbors Jackie Joyner-Kersee 44 episodes
2014–present Steven Universe Nanefua (voice) 5 episodes
2015 The Fosters Faith Episodes: "More Than Words", "Lucky"
2015–2016 Castle Hayley Shipton 13 episodes
2016 Vixen Mari's Mother, News Reporter (voices) 2 episodes
2017–present DuckTales Mrs. Beakley, Server (voices)
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Ja Kyee Lrurt (voice) Episode: "Mr. Roboto"
2017 The Gifted Carla Jackson Episode: "eXposed"
2018 Modern Family Lucy Episode: "CHiPs and Salsa"
2018 Dirty John Episode: "Remember It Was Me"
2019 Carmen Sandiego Countess Cleo Recurring voice role
2019 Veep Kemi Talbot 5 episodes
2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Julia 2 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Game of Thrones Beskha Voice
2017 Middle-earth: Shadow of War Carnán Voice

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Toks Olagundoye: Biography at TVGuide.com
  2. ^ a b Toks Olagundoye at ABC MediaNet
  3. ^ Toks Olagundoye on IMDb
  4. ^ a b Get To Know Toks Archived 2012-11-04 at the Wayback Machine at her official website
  5. ^ Matthew Murray (2001-04-12). "Saint Lucy's Eyes Theatre Review by Matthew Murray". Talkin' Broadway.com, Inc. Matthew Murray. Retrieved 22 September 2015. Though the new play, Saint Lucy's Eyes, which opened last night,
  6. ^ The Neighbors: First Look at ABC's New Alien Family Comedy, TVovermind.com, 15 May 2012.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 11, 2011). "Pilot Castings: Four In Dan Fogelman Comedy, Jeff Eastin Drama Adds One". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  8. ^ The Neighbors at ABC
  9. ^ 31 Fresh Faces of Fall TV 2012, Zimbio.com
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 9, 2014). "ABC Cancels 'The Neighbors'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Toks Olagundoye Joins NBC Pilot 'Feed Me', JoBeth Williams In 'Your Family Or Mine' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  12. ^ "'The Neighbors' Actress Joins Amazon Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  13. ^ "'Castle' Enlists 'Neighbors' Favorite as Regular for Season 8". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  14. ^ Gomez, Patrick (November 21, 2015). "Castle's Toks Olagundoye: 5 Things to Know". People. Retrieved February 26, 2019.

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