Anika Noni Rose

Anika Noni Rose

Born (1972-09-06) September 6, 1972
Bloomfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Education Florida A&M University
American Conservatory Theatre
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1998–present
Awards 2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical; Emmie Thibodeaux - Caroline, or Change
2011 Disney Legend Award; Animation (voice) – The Princess and the Frog

Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American singer and actress known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring role as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. She also starred as Tiana, an African American princess in Walt Disney Pictures' 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog. In 2014 Rose played the role of Beneatha Younger in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She was named a Disney Legend in 2011.

Early life

Rose was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut.[1] In her high school freshman year, she appeared in a school production and caught the acting bug. She then attended Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in theatre, and started studying drama at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.


Rose moved to New York without a job. After three months, she secured the role of Rusty in Broadway's Footloose. She followed Footloose with numerous workshops and two musicals using pre-existing song catalogs, Eli's Comin' Off-Broadway[2] and Me and Mrs. Jones with Lou Rawls in Philadelphia. Both of the full-scale tuners were rumored for transfers, but neither made it anywhere after their limited engagements ended. Rose's big Broadway break was getting cast as Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change. In 2004, she was awarded the Theatre World Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change. In 2014, Rose returned to Broadway in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and later received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.[3]

After her film debut, King of the Bingo Game, she played the role of Kaya in From Justin to Kelly in 2003 and she performed in Temptation in 2004, followed by Surviving Christmas as a singer in the choir. In 2006, Rose starred in Dreamgirls as Lorrell Robinson with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Rose appeared in the films Just Add Water, Razor, and Disney's 2009 animated feature The Princess and the Frog, as the voice of the lead character Tiana; the character is Disney's first African-American princess. Rose hosted a hometown screening of The Princess and the Frog for children from the Charter Oak Cultural Center, a non-profit multi-cultural arts center that provides free after-school programs in Hartford, Connecticut.[4] Rose also stars alongside Jill Scott in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency directed by Anthony Minghella.[5]

In 2010, she played the role of Yasmine in the movie For Colored Girls. One critic described Rose's performance as "especially fierce".[6] She played the role of Sara Tidwell in the A&E miniseries Bag of Bones in 2011, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.[7]

Rose was named a Disney Legend on August 19, 2011.[8] In 2012, she guest-starred in "Gone Abie Gone", episode 3, season 24 of The Simpsons, voicing Abe Simpson's second wife, Rita LaFleur. The episode originally aired November 11 of that year.

Rose played the adult "Kizzy" in two episodes of television's Roots (2016 miniseries), an adaptation of the novel by Alex Haley and remake of the ground-breaking 1977 miniseries. Critic Alan Sepinwall, in suggesting Emmy nominees to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, called her "one of the best parts of the outstanding Roots ensemble."[9] She now has a role in the hit star series Power.

Awards and nominations

Rose at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, 2010.



Year Title Role
1998 Valley Song Veronica Jonkers
Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Browne His Soul
1999 Tartuffe Marianne
Threepenny Opera Polly Peachum
2000 Footloose Rusty
2001 Carmen Jones [The York Theatre Company] Cindy Lou
Eli's Comin' The Woman
Me and Mrs. Jones Cookie
2003–2004 Caroline, or Change [Eugene O'Neill Theater, Broadway, NYC] Emmie Thibodeaux
2008 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [Broadhurst Theater, Broadway, NYC] Maggie "The Cat"
2011 Company Marta
2013 HamiltonVassar College Reading Angelica Schuyler
2014 A Raisin in the Sun Beneatha Younger


Year Title Character
1999 King of the Bingo Game Film Noir Female
2000 Leonard Bernstein's Mass at Vatican City Ensemble
2003 From Justin to Kelly Kaya
2004 Temptation Fog
Surviving Christmas Choir
2006 Dreamgirls Lorrell Maya Robinson
2008 Just Add Water R'ch'lle
2009 The Princess and the Frog Tiana (voice)
2010 For Colored Girls Yasmine
2011 Company Marta
2012 Skyler Therapist
2013 As Cool as I Am Frances
Khumba Lungisa (voice)
Half of a Yellow Sun Kainene
2014 Imperial Dreams Miss Price
The Blue Mauritius Makeda


Year Title Role Notes
2001 100 Centre Street Unknown Episode: "Domestic Abuses"
2002 Third Watch Monay Episode: "Thicker Than Water"
2007 The Starter Wife Lavender Miniseries
2008–09 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Grace Makutsi 7 episodes
2010–13 The Good Wife Wendy Scott-Carr 14 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Miriam Deng Episode: "Scorched Earth"
2011 Have a Little Faith Annette TV movie
2011 Bag of Bones Sara Tidwell TV movie
2012 Private Practice Corrine Bennett 5 episodes
2012 Elementary Dr. Carrie Dwyer Episode: "Lesser Evils"
2012 The Simpsons Rita LaFleur (voice) Episode: "Gone Abie Gone"
2013 The Watsons Go to Birmingham Wilona Sands Watson TV movie
2014 Sofia the First Princess Tiana (voice) Episode: "Winter's Gift"
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Paris Price TV movie
2015–16 Bates Motel Liz Babbitt 5 episodes
2016 Power[11] LaVerne "Jukebox" Thomas
2016 Roots Kizzy Waller 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Vixen Kuasa (voice) 8 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Princess Tiana (voice)


  1. Rizzo, Frank (June 7, 2004). "Killer Performances ; 'Avenue Q,' 'Wife,' 'Assassins,' Phylicia Rashad Top Winners; 58Th Annual Tony Awards". Hartford Courant.
  2. Gutman, Les."ACurtainUpReview:Eli's Comin'" Curtain, based on 5/2/01 performance, accessed September 1, 2011
  3. 2014 Tony Award Nominations - The Complete List; A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Leads With 10!, Retrieved May 5, 2014
  4. Rodman, Sarah (December 6, 2009). "Wearing the crown". The Boston Globe.
  5. Kimberly Nordyke (June 25, 2007). "Rose lands 'Agency' role". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2007.
  6. Schwarzbaum, Lisa (November 3, 2010). "For Colored Girls". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  7. Levine, Stuart (August 3, 2011). "Rose lands role in 'Bag of Bones'". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  8. "Photo Flash: Lea Salonga, Anika Noni Rose, Paige O'Hara et al. Honored at D23 Expo", August 20, 2011
  10. "NAACP Image Awards Winner Include 'The Help,' Stars Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis". The Hollywood Reporter. February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  11. "Anika Noni Rose: "Half of a Yellow Sun" actress joins TV series "Power"". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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