Quick Facts About Danielle Brooks
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Danielle Brittany Brooks, popularly known as Danielle Brooks is an American actress and singer. Brooks is known for her role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the Netflix original series, Orange Is the New Black. For her role in the series, she has won three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is also known for her voice role of Officer Pearle Watson on the HBO Max animated series, Close Enough. She has also starred in numerous theater productions. For her portrayal of Sofia in the 2015 Broadway production of The Color Purple, she was nominated for Tony Award. She won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for The Color Purple.
What is Danielle Brooks Famous For?
Her role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson in Orange Is the New Black.
Where is Danielle Brooks From?
Danielle Brooks was born on 17 September 1989. Her birth place is in Augusta, Georgia in the United States. She holds an American nationality. She belongs to African-American ethnicity and her religion is Christianity. She grew up in a Christian family. She attended the First Corinthian Baptist Church. Her zodiac sign is Virgo. She has a younger brother.
Brooks attended South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities for her final two years of high school. Brooks was born to a father, Dunnel Brooks, and a mother LaRita Brooks. She has a younger brother named, Donnie “DJ” Brooks. After graduating from high school, she attended Juilliard School. She graduated from Juilliard School with Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2011.
Danielle Brooks Career
Brooks started acting at an early age. She was only 6 years old when she began acting in a native play by her church. After graduating from Juilliard, she started acting in theater productions. She appeared in Shakespeare Theater Company’s Servant of Two Masters and Blacken the Bubble.She left both productions in 2013 to join the cast of the Netflix television series, Orange Is the New Black. Brooks made her tv series debut with the Netflix show, where she was cast to play Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson. Her character was initially intended to be featured in the show for only two episodes. However, her character was re-written as a recurring role for the rest of the first season. Her character was made series regular for the show’s second season. She continued to appear in subsequent seasons. For her role in the show, TV critics named her “the breakout actress of the show and one of the most refreshing and exciting new talents of 2013”.For her performance in the series, she won three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She had also won the Young Hollywood Award – Breakthrough Actress in 2013. Brooks made her film debut with the minor role in the 2014 American drama film, Time Out of Mind. She appeared in an episode of the third season of the HBO series, Girls in 2013. With her appearance, she became the first African-American actress on the show. She starred in several other television series including Master of None, High Maintenance, and Social Distance among others.Brooks starring other movies are I Dream Too Much, Sadie, Clemency, The Day Shall Come, The Public’s Much Ado About Nothing, All the Little Things We Kill, and Eat Wheaties!.Brooks is also a voice actress and has provided a voice in numerous television series. She is best known for her voice role of Pearle Watson in the HBO Max animated series, Close Enough. She has guest voice roles in Lasso & Comet, Tangled: The Series, and Elena of Avalor.She also has a voice role in the 2016 animated movie, The Angry Birds. She made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple. She portrayed Sofia in the play. For her performance in the play, she was nominated for Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She was awarded Theater World Award for The Color Purple in 2016. She also won Grammy Award – Best Musical Theater Album for The Purple in 2017. She portrayed Beatrice in The Public Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2019.Brooks is set to portray Leota Adebayo in the tv series, Peacemaker, The Suicide Squad spin-off.
Danielle Brooks Husband and Kids
Danielle Brooks is not married yet but not single. She is engaged to Dennis Gelin. Gelin is Brooks’ best friend. On her engagement announcement, she wrote on Instagram, “I never thought one of the best days of my year would happen the last week of the year. I get to marry my best friend. We’re ENGAGED!! So excited to become your wife. D&D until the end. ❤️🥂”
Prior to her engagement announcement, Brooks kept her personal life private. She had kept her relationship status away from the limelight. Her engagement announcement came as a surprise to her well-wishers.
The couple has a daughter together. Their daughter, Freeya Carel Gelin was born on 16 November 2019. Back then, the father of her daughter was not revealed. The secret was finally revealed by Brooks along with her engagement announcement.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York City.
Danielle Brooks Height
Danielle Brooks stands at a height of 1.62 m i.e. 5 feet and 4 inches tall. She has a body weight of 165 lbs i.e. 75 kg. She has a large body build. Her body measures around 42-33-44 inches. Her eye color is dark brown and her hair color is black. Her sexual orientation is straight.
Her dress size is 14 (US).
Danielle Brooks Net Worth
Danielle Brooks is one of the familiar names in the entertainment industry. Orange Is the New Black star, Brooks has starred in numerous movies and tv shows. The majority of her income comes from her acting career. Besides movies and tv shows, she has also starred in several theater productions. She started her acting career in theater.
Brooks is also a voice actress best known for her voice work in the sitcom, Close Enough. She also has voice roles in several other projects. She has also appeared in several commercials. She was part of the “I’m no Angel” campaign for Lane Bryant lingerie. In collaboration with Universal Standard, she designed and promoted a clothing line, Tria in 2017. Summing up, Brooks has made her fortune out of her career in the entertainment industry. At present, her net worth is estimated around $1 million.
Did You Know?
Her father was a deacon whereas her mother is a minister.Brooks and her onscreen best friend Samira Wiley were classmates at Juilliard.She competed against co-star Uzo Aduba in Lip Sync Battle.She has dimple cheeks.She formerly participated in a Dove campaign while criticizing their 2017 commercial.She formerly participated in a Dove campaign while criticizing their 2017 commercial.She does not drink coffee at all.She started taking a vegan diet in 2017.