Anika Noni Rose is an American singer and actress known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring role as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.
Read on to learn more about Rose:
1. Rose was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Claudia and John Rose, a corporate counsel.
2. She began her acting career in high school, appearing in a school production during her freshman year.
3. She attended Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in theater, and started studying drama at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.
4. In 2004, she was awarded the Theater World Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change.
5. Returned to Broadway in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, receiving a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2014.
6. After her film debut, King of the Bingo Game, she played the role of Kaya in From Justin to Kelly in 2003 and she performed in Temptation in 2004, followed by Surviving Christmas as a singer in the choir.
7. Rose starred in Dreamgirls in 2006 as Lorrell Robinson with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, and Eddie Murphy.
2010, she played the role of Yasmine in the movie For Colored Girls.
8. She has a role in the Starz series Power and the leading role in the 2017 BET drama The Quad.