Uzo Aduba is an American-born actress, but of Nigerian ancestry. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
And is the daughter of Nigerian parents from the Igbo part of the country, and her full name being Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba.
She graduated from Medfield High School in 1999, then later attended Boston University, where she studied classical voice.
While in school, she also competed in track and field activities including the 55-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. She once described her family as a “sports family,” so the love of sports came naturally to her.
Her younger brother, Obi, played hockey at the University of Massachusetts and went on to play six seasons professionally.
She is popularly known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in “Orange Is the New Black.” Aduba was also the star in the HBO series “In Treatment,” where she depicted the character of Dr. Brooke Taylor.
Just last year, Aduba won in the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series or Movie category. This was for “Mrs. America” where she played the character of Shirley Chisholm.
Aduba’s Foray Into Acting
She started getting recognition for her acting talent in 2003, with a performance in “Translations of Xhosa” at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts.
This also earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.
Her Broadway debut was in 2007 when she played Toby in “Coram Boy.” At the time, she was a member of the Original Revival Cast of Godspell in the Square Theatre for a year.
She also played the mother of the title character of “Venice” at The Public Theater in New York.
Her debut television appearance happened as a cast on “Blue Bloods” in 2012. The following year, she portrayed Suzanne Warren in the Netflix comedy-drama series “Orange Is the New Black.” This series was a blockbuster and Aduba played her role well that she earned an Emmy award.
In 2014, she won the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and in 2015, she bagged The Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award. She later received an Emmy nod in the latter category in 2017.
Aduba also appeared in an animated comedy “Alvin and the Chipmunks” as a TSA agent. Over the years, she has starred in movies like “Showing Roots,” “Candy Jar,” “We Are Boats,” and “Miss Virginia.” She also did a voice over stint for shows like “Steven Universe” and “3Below: Tales of Arcadia.”
What’s Aduba’s Net Worth?
Aduba was estimated to have a grand net worth of $1 million. The fabulous actress earned this huge fortune solely through her hard work and dedication to acting.
Although she came from an average earning family, Aduba managed to rise to the top in a very short period.
According to CelebrityNetWorth, the lead characters of “OITNB” earned $35,000 per episode. Therefore, it is safe to assume that Aduba earned at least $20,000 per episode as a regular cast member.
Similarly, some of her other TV series and movies became hits at the box office. So, she earned a respectable amount from these features.
Additionally, the award-winning actress is also active on social media. She controls a verified Instagram account with more than 2.3 million followers. It’s possible that she’s earning a decent amount through her sponsored posts on Instagram.
Is Aduba Married?
Recently, Aduba shared that she tied the knot with filmmaker, Robert Sweeting in a secret ceremony held in New York last year. This was shared when she celebrated the first anniversary of her wedding via an Instagram post on September 12.
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible,” the actress said in her caption as she quoted the 1989 film “When Harry Met Sally.”
“For some, it feels like we wait our whole lives for our someone,” she added.
Sweeting also wrote in a similar post while he shared candids of the wedding photos. “One year ago I married this gorgeous, talented and incredible woman. This past year has made me appreciate the fragile nature of life and the importance of living it.
… At a time where the world is upside down, we learned to find joy and peace in each other. You are the greatest person I’ve ever known, and I’m proud to be your husband. #happyanniversary,” the filmmaker concluded.
What’s “In Treatment” About?
Based on an Israeli Academy Award-winning TV drama series, “In Treatment” featured a psychologist who confronted some uneasy truths about his personal life.
During the first three seasons, the featured doctor was played by middle-aged Paul Weston, who had sessions with his own psychotherapist.
After more than a decade off the air, the Emmy-winning series returned with Dr. Brooke Taylor as the psychoanalyst.
Her task was to help her patients navigate a variety of modern concerns, including the global pandemic and shifts in the social and cultural landscapes.
However, she had to face complications in her personal life while helping her patients with theirs. The series was produced and created by Rodrigo Garcia.