Teyonah Parris

Gender: Female



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Teyonah Parris is an American actress best known for her role as Dawn Chambers, Don's secretary at Sterling Cooper & Partners who was the first African American to work for the firm, in the period drama television series Mad Men.

She can also be seen Lionsgate's They Came Together, where she plays opposite Amy Poehler.

Teyonah shared the stage at Lincoln Center with Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def in Broadway's A Free Man of Color, while also celebrating the release of her first feature film, Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy, How Do You Know.

In How Do You Know (dir. James L Brooks), Teyonah played Riva, Lisa's (Reese Witherspoon) best friend and loyal confidant. In the film, both Riva and Lisa are professional softball players whose lives are thrown askew when Lisa is cut from the team.

As the middle child and only girl, she was a self-proclaimed tomboy and beauty queen, always thriving on being unique and never adhering to stereotypes.

She started her journey in front of audiences by participating in pageants and modeling. An early notable memory is of her winning the title of Ms. Lower Richland High School, where she was the first freshman and African American on record to win the title.

In addition to modeling and softball, Teyonah also participated in her high school's cheerleading, step, and dance teams.

Similar to her non-acting interests, Teyonah's career already spans many fields, including film, television, and theatre. Previous credits include a guest spot in CBS' The Good Wife and the dramatic short, Empire Corner.

As a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, Parris has already worked with such notable names as Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies and Reese Witherspoon, among others. She has also trained under distinguished professors Richard Feldman and Wendy Waterman.

During her time in undergrad, Teyonah performed in numerous productions, with Celimene in Moliere's The Misanthrope, as a favourite role.

When she is not acting, Teyonah supports causes close to her heart, such as empowering the youth to embrace their natural beauty. She also took part in the 'Designers Against Aids' photoshoot for World Aids Day to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.

She lives in Los Angeles.

Television Roles


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