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Adepero Oduye

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 ... See full bio »

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12 Years a Slave
Pariah Alike
The Big Short
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 2017 Geostorm (post-production)
 2015 Emily & Tim
Meg (Segment 5)
 2015 Artemis Falls (Short)
Commander Aiden Collins
 2013 12 Years a Slave
 2013/VIII The Door (Short)
 2012 Steel Magnolias (TV Movie)
 2011 Men in Love (Short)
Leo's Ex
 2011 Touch of Evil (Short)
The Outlaw
 2011/I Pariah
 2010 This Is Poetry (Short)
 2010 Louie (TV Series)
- Dentist/Tarese (2010) ... Tarese
 2010 Tags (Short)
Shayla Johns
 2009 If I Leap (Short)
 2009 The Unusuals (TV Series)
Regina Plank
- The Circle Line (2009) ... Regina Plank
 2009 Sub Rosa (Short)
 2007 Wifey (TV Movie)
 2007 Pariah (Short)
 2006 Three and a Half Thoughts (Short)
Bodega Woman #1
 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
- The War at Home (2006) ... Jackie
 2006 The Tested (Short)
 2006 Half Nelson
Crack Smoker
 2005 Law & Order (TV Series)
Traci Sands
- Birthright (2005) ... Traci Sands
 2004/II Fall (Short)
 2004 On the Outs
 2002 Water (Short)
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Narrated audio book "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd.

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In 2011, Meryl Streep forgot her reading glasses when she accepted her Golden Globe win for The Iron Lady (2011) and therefore spontaneously mentioned some of her favorite performances of the year, one being Oduye in Pariah (2011).

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