Grace Byers born July 26, 1984 is an American actress, known for her role as Anika Calhoun in the Fox music-industry prime time soap opera, Empire. The series debuted on January 7, 2015. Gealey became engaged to herEmpirecostar Trai Byers in 2015. She and Byers married on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands on April 14, 2016.
Gealey was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, and raised in the Cayman Islands from infancy. After moving to the United States, she received her bachelor's degree in Theater Arts at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Gealey later attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received her Master's of Fine Arts in acting. Gealey then moved to New York City where she performed Off-Broadway, including in Venus Flytrap: A Femme Noir Mystery, andRent. In 2013, she performed in the Chicago productions of The Misanthrope and Tartuffe.