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The Juilliard graduate got her big break on AMC’s Mad Men as Dawn Chambers, Sterling Cooper’s first African-American employee, recurring for three seasons. She was a series regular on Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse (where THR critic Daniel Fienberg called her “excellent”) and this fall simultaneously recurred on Fox’s Empire as Det. Pamela Rose, who has a pivotal multi-episode arc with Andre.
In film, Parris’ credits include Justin Simien’s 2014 feature version of Dear White People (where she played Coco), David Wain’s 2014 rom-com parody They Came Together (starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler) and 2015’s Chi-Raq, in which she starred as Lysistrata, the title character of the Aristophanes play on which Spike Lee’s modern-day adaptation is based. In 2016, Parris also starred in and produced TV One’s Love Under New Management, a biopic of R&B and jazz singer Miki Howard.
Parris will next be seen in Barry Jenkins’ highly anticipated adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, from Annapurna and Plan B.
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