Try 30 days of free premium.

Jayma Mays

Jamia Suzette Mays was born in Bristol, Tennessee, to Susan (Norris) and James Mays, and was raised in Grundy, Virginia with her older brother and sister. Her father was a high school teacher at Grundy Senior High School for seven years, before spending 25 years working in the coal-mining industry. He is now retired and lives with Jayma's mother in Bristol.

At school, Jayma enjoyed Math and singing. She graduated from high school in 1997. She then went on to get an Associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. She then did a year at Virginia Tech, transferring to Radford University. After earning her degree in Theatre in 2000, she moved to California.

She started out with an internship with actor Timothy Busfield, of the television series Thirtysomething (1987). In 2004, she had her screen television debut on Joey (2004). Her first feature film came, a year later, in Red Eye (2005). Her breakthrough role came when she won the role of "Emma Pillsbury" on the hit show Glee (2009).

Known For


Cast Credits

United States of Al (2021)
Guest starring as Cindy (6 episodes)
Great News (2017)
Guest starring as Cat
Trial & Error (2017)
Starring as Carol Anne Keane (23 episodes)
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
Guest starring as Jessica (2 episodes)
The Adventures of Puss in Boots (2015)
Starring as Dulcinea (76 episodes)
Guest starring as Werewolfman
The Millers (2013)
Starring as Debbie Stoker (34 episodes)
Drunk History (2013)
Guest starring as Florence Schaffner
Guest starring as Abigail Adams
Guest starring as Marjory Stoneman Douglas
NTSF:SD:SUV (2011)
Guest starring as Clock
The League (2009)
Guest starring as Trixie Von Stein (5 episodes)
Glee (2009)
Starring as Emma Pillsbury (75 episodes)
Guest starring as Emma Pillsbury (8 episodes)
Pushing Daisies (2007)
Guest starring as Elsita
  • Episode 1x04: Pigeon (Oct 24, 2007)
Guest starring as Elsa
  • Episode 1x04: Pigeon (Oct 24, 2007)
Heroes (2006)
Guest starring as Charlie Andrews (4 episodes)
Ghost Whisperer (2005)
Guest starring as Jennifer Billings
How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Guest starring as Coat Check Girl (2 episodes)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Guest starring as Jayma Mays
House (2004)
Guest starring as Hannah
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (1987)
Guest starring as Jayma Mays
Try 30 days of free premium.