Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley is an American R&B and gospel singer who appeared on Season Five of America's Got Talent, on June 15, 2010. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe is from Senegal and is a cab driver. Growing up, Sidibe lived with her aunt, the noted feminist activist Dorothy Pittman Hughes. She has attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and graduated from Mercy College. She worked at The Fresh Air Fund's office as a receptionist before she went on to pursue a career in acting. Sidibe made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2010 to 2013, she was a main cast member of the Showtime series The Big C.

Sidibe co-starred on the television series American Horror Story: Coven as Queenie and American Horror Story: Freak Showas Regina Ross, and later reprises her role as Queenie in American Horror Story: Hotel. Since 2015, she stars in the Fox musical drama series Empire as Becky Williams.

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Empire (2015)
Starring as Becky Williams (40 episodes)
Guest starring as Becky Williams (9 episodes)
Difficult People (2015)
Starring as Denise (19 episodes)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
The Chew (2015)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
The Real (2013)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
Drunk History (2013)
Guest starring as Ella Fitzgerald
  • Episode 4x02: Legends (Oct 4, 2016)
American Horror Story (2011)
Guest starring as Queenie (13 episodes)
Guest starring as Regina Ross (3 episodes)
The Talk (2011)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
The Big C (2010)
Starring as Andrea Jackson (4 episodes)
Watch What Happens Live (2009)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as Gabourey Sidibe