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Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose

American actress, singer, dancer
Ariana DeBose
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Intro American actress, singer, dancer
Is Actor Singer Dancer
From United States of America
Type Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 25 January 1991, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Age 31 years
Star sign Aquarius
Wake Forest-Rolesville High School
The details (from wikipedia)


Ariana DeBose (/ˌɑːriˈɑːnə dəˈbz/; born January 25, 1991) is an American actress, singer, and dancer, known for her work in musical theater, film, and television.

DeBose made her television debut competing on So You Think You Can Dance. She then made her Broadway debut in the musical Bring It On: The Musical in 2011 and appeared in further Broadway roles in Motown: The Musical in 2013 and Pippin in 2014. She also appeared in the original cast of Hamilton from 2015 to 2016 and as Jane in A Bronx Tale in 2016 to 2017. In 2018 she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Donna Summer in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

She also appeared in the taped version of Hamilton, which was released in 2020 on Disney+, and played Alyssa Greene in Netflix's The Prom (2020), Emma in the Apple TV+ musical comedy series Schmigadoon! (2021), and Anita in Steven Spielberg's musical film West Side Story (2021). For the latter, she received a Golden Globe nomination.

Early life

DeBose was born on January 25, 1991, in North Carolina. Her mother, Gina DeBose, is an 8th grade teacher. DeBose trained in dance at CC & Co. Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is white; she also has African-American and Italian ancestry.


DeBose made her television debut in 2009, when she competed on the TV series So You Think You Can Dance, making it into the Top 20. She later appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live and played Inez in the North Carolina Theatre's production of Hairspray before appearing in the role of Nautica in the 2011 Alliance Theatre production of Bring It On. She also appeared in the ensemble of the New York Philharmonic production of Company, which was filmed for television. At the end of 2011, Bring It On embarked on a national tour across the United States. DeBose continued her role into the 2012 Broadway production and understudied the character Danielle.

DeBose later played Mary Wilson in Motown on Broadway in 2013, understudying the role of Diana Ross. DeBose left the show soon later to play Eponine in a regional production of Les Misérables before returning to Broadway as a noble and a player in the musical Pippin, understudying the role of the Leading Player, which she ended up taking over for a short period in 2014. She can be heard playing director/choreographer Zoey Taylor in As the Curtain Rises, an original Broadway soap opera podcast from the Broadway Podcast Network.

DeBose left Pippin to join the ensemble of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton in early 2015. Within her role in the ensemble, she originated "the bullet", a "secret character" that foreshadows Alexander Hamilton and Philip Hamilton's fates during the show. The show moved to Broadway later that year and became an overnight sensation. She left Hamilton in July 2016 and made a guest appearance on the TV series Blue Bloods as Sophia Ortiz. She also starred as Daphne in the thriller film Seaside.

She returned to Broadway in November 2016 as Jane in A Bronx Tale until August 2017. She also hosted the corresponding Broadway.com vlog Bronx Bullet for eight weeks.

DeBose went on to play Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse in late 2017. She reprised this role in the Broadway production, which opened in April 2018. She was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also frequently performs at Feinstein's/54 Below.

DeBose played Alyssa Greene in the film adaptation of The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy. In March 2021, DeBose released a dance-pop recording and video of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Shall We Dance" for the album R&H Goes Pop, produced by Justin Goldner and arranged by Benjamin Rauhala.

In 2021, DeBose played Emma Tate in the parody musical comedy series Schmigadoon! on Apple TV+. She will also star in the spy film Argylle for the service.

DeBose plays Anita in the new film adaptation of the musical West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. The film was released in December 2021 to critical acclaim. DeBose herself received critical attention for her performance of Anita with Caryn James of BBC praised her performance declaring, "Anita, in a layered, dynamic performance by Ariana DeBose, is the centre of attention, swirling her skirt and dancing to the Latin rhythms that infuse the film." David Fear, film critic of Rolling Stone wrote, "DeBose...strong contender for Most Valuable Player here, whose energy — in her singing, her dancing, her line-reading, her side-eyeing — could power a metropolitan block." She has also received various critics award nominations as well as nominations from the Golden Globe Awards and the Critics Choice Awards.

In February 2021, it was announced that she would play Kira Foster in the upcoming film I.S.S.

On January 6, 2022, it was announced that DeBose will be hosting "Saturday Night Live" on January 15, 2022, with musical guest rapper Roddy Rich.

Personal life

DeBose identifies as queer and came out to her grandparents in 2015.

In December 2020, DeBose and Jo Ellen Pellman launched the Unruly Hearts Initiative. The initiative was created to help young people connect with organizations and charities that advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Acting credits


Year Title Role Theatre
2011 Hairspray Little Inez North Carolina Theatre
Bring It On Nautica, u/s Danielle Alliance Theatre
Company Ensemble Avery Fisher Hall
Bring It On Nautica, u/s Danielle National Tour
2012 St. James Theatre
2013 Motown: The Musical Ensemble, Mary Wilson, u/s Diana Ross Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
2014 Pippin Leading Player (u/s, then replacement) Music Box Theatre
2015 Hamilton: An American Musical Ensemble (The Bullet) The Public Theater
Les Misérables Éponine Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Hamilton: An American Musical Ensemble (The Bullet) Richard Rodgers Theatre
2016 A Bronx Tale Jane Longacre Theatre
2017 Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Disco Donna La Jolla Playhouse
2018 Lunt-Fontanne Theatre


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Company Ensemble
2018 Seaside Daphne
2020 Hamilton Ensemble/The Bullet
The Prom Alyssa Greene
2021 West Side Story Anita
TBA I.S.S. Kira Foster Post-production
TBA Argylle Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Blue Bloods Sophia Ortiz Episode: "The Road to Hell"
Hamilton's America Herself TV documentary
2021 Schmigadoon! Emma Tate Main Role (6 episodes)
2022 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Ariana DeBose/Roddy Ricch"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2016 Astaire Award Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show Hamilton Nominated
2018 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Chita Rivera Award Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Won
2021 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress West Side Story Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Online Breakthrough Performance Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
Portland Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Austin Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Pending
Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award Pending
Chicago Indie Critics Best Supporting Actress Pending
2022 Hollywood Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Pending
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture Pending
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Supporting Actress Pending
London Film Critics Circle Supporting Actress of the Year Pending
Midnight Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
DiscussingFilm Critic Awards 2022 Best Supporting Actress Won
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 08 Jan 2022. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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