Adepero Oduye



Place of birth:

Brooklyn, New York, USA:


Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay." Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, at the Yale Repertory Theatre; The Bluest Eye, at the Hartford Stage and Long Wharf Theatres; and Fela!, in the AEA workshop, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones. Ms. Oduye first starred for writer/director Dee Rees as Alike in the award-winning short film Pariah. Among the other shorts that she has starred in are Gabriele Zamparini's Water; Russell Costanzo's The Tested; and Nadiah Hamzah's Sub Rosa.

Film Credits

Widows (2018)
as Breechelle
Viper Club (2018)
as Keisha
Galveston (2018)
as Loraine
Geostorm (2017)
as Eni Adisa
The Dinner (2017)
as Nina
To Be Free (2017)
as Nina Simone
The Big Short (2015)
as Kathy Tao
Emily & Tim (2015)
as Meg (Segment 5)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
as Eliza
The Door (2013)
as O
Steel Magnolias (2012)
as Annelle
Pariah (2011)
as Alike
Touch of Evil (2011)
as The Outlaw
If I Leap (2009)
as Zipporah
Half Nelson (2006)
as Crack Smoker
On the Outs (2004)
as Adepero

Production Credits

To Be Free (2017)
To Be Free (2017)
Breaking In (2014)