Yvonne Orji

Yvonne Orji

Highest Rated: 96% Spontaneous (2020)

Lowest Rated: 27% Night School (2018)

Birthday: Dec 2, 1983

Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Actress Yvonne Orji turned her experiences as the child of Nigerian immigrants living in America into material for her stand-up comedy, which in turn led to a co-starring role on the critically praised comedy series "Insecure" (HBO, 2016- ). Born December 2, 1983 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, she relocated to Maryland with her three older brothers and parents, who expected their daughter to take up medicine or engineering as a career. She reached a compromise by pursuing a bachelor's and master's degree in public health, which she earned from George Washington University. While there, she also entered the Miss Nigeria in America pageant; realizing that she lacked a displayable talent for that portion of the competition, she decided to revive her childhood love for comedy. Her five-minute set, which focused on growing up as a Nigerian in America, received a positive response, and she soon began performing at other venues. Orji soon decided to abandon public health for comedy, which prompted a move to New York in 2009. Two years later, she headed west to serve as a writers' room intern on the sitcom "Love That Girl!" (TV One, 2010-2014) for producer Martin Lawrence and star Tatyana Ali. She soon joined the show's writing staff while also writing, starring in and raising the funds for "First Gen," a viral comedy series based on Orji's experiences as the first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants and an aspiring comic. While completing the series, Orji sent a trailer to "Awkward Black Girl" (YouTube, 2011-2013) creator Issa Rae, who was herself the first-generation child of African parents. Rae suggested that Orji audition for a co-starring role on "Insecure," a new comedy series she had created for HBO. Orji was soon cast as Molly, a lawyer and best friend to Rae's Issa, on "Insecure." The series netted near-universal acclaim from television critics, as well as a Golden Globe nod for Rae and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Orji.

Highest rated movies

Spontaneous
Vacation Friends
Night School

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yvonne Orji: A Whole Me Self,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
- 2022
No Score Yet 100% Insecure: The End Self - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yearly Departed Host - 2021
58% 53% Vacation Friends Emily (Character) - 2021
96% 66% Spontaneous Agent Rosetti (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It! Self,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
- 2020
27% 38% Night School Maya (Character) $77.2M 2018

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021-2022
No Score Yet 56% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mom, Your Dad Host 2022
97% 82% Insecure Molly (Character) 2016-2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest,
Host
2021
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Party Challenge Guest 2019
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2017
100% 86% Jane The Virgin Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016