Teyonah Parris is an American actress best known for her role as Dawn Chambers in the AMC drama series, Mad Men. She was a series regular on Starz sitcom Survivor’s Remorse from 2014 to 2017. In films, she is noted for her work as Colandrea ‘Coco’ Conners in the 2014 comedy-drama film, Dear White People, as Lysistrata in the 2015 music crime drama film, Chi-Raq and as Miki Howard in Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story.
Teyonah Parris was born on September 22, 1987, in Hopkins, South Carolina, U.S.
She is currently 31 years old.
Teyonah Parris went to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She studied drama and theatre at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, New York City.
Unfortunately, not much is known about her family but she has two brothers, one younger and one elder. She often posts pictures of her with her parents on social media.
Teyonah is presumed to be single as she refrains herself from sharing any information about her personal life. And thus, not much is known about her love life or past relationships.
- Feet – 5 feet 5 inches
- Centimeters – 165 cm
- Meters – 1.65 m
- In Kilograms – 57 kg
- In Pounds – 127 lbs
Teyonah Parris made her acting debut as Riva in the romantic comedy-drama film ‘How Do You Know’ in 2010.
The same year, she landed a role of Melinda Gossett on the CBS legal and political drama series, ‘The Good Wife’.
Teyonah got her first breakthrough when she was cast as Dawn Chambers in the AMC drama series, Mad Men. As a recurring cast, she starred in a total of 22 episodes between 2012 and 2015. She was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her work in the series.
In 2014, she landed a role in Justin Simien comedy-drama film, ‘Dear White People’. The film also stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Kyle Gallner, Brittany Curran, Marque Richardson and Dennis Haysbert. Her performance in the film received critical acclaim and praise from her fans, which earned her first Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
Parris starred as Lysistrata in Chi-Raq, a satirical crime-drama film, which was directed by Spike Lee. Though the film was a box office disaster, her performance in the film was largely praised by critics. She received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture nomination and won the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.
Teyonah Parris Net Worth
Teyonah Parris has a net worth of $2 million, most of which, she made from film and television appearances.
Fewer Known Facts About Teyonah Parris
Teyonah grew up in Hopkins, South Carolina.
While studying, she won the title of Ms. Lower Richland High School, notable as the first freshman and African-American to win the honor.
She was also part of her high school’s cheerleading squad, step and dance teams.
Parris debuted on Broadway in 2010 in a stage production of John Guare’s A Free Man of Color starring Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright.
In 2012, she starred in McDonald’s television commercial.