Samira Wiley is an American actress who is well known for her starring role as Poussey Washington in the Netflix comedy-drama series, “Orange Is the New Black”(2013–2019). Having her career started with her first major acting role as Tina in the feature film, “The Sitter” in 2011, Wiley got to star in many other movies including “Nerve”(2016), “Detroit”(2017), and “Social Animals”(2018) while getting her break with the role as Moira in the Hulu dystopian drama series, “The Handmaid’s Tale”(2017–present).
She was also named Out magazine’s Ingenue of the Year and even the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award. With her up growing popularity, she has managed to amass a healthy fan following on her social media sites; on Instagram: @whododatlikedat with over 2.8 million followers, and also on Twitter: @samirawiley with over 407k followers.
What is Samira Wiley Famous for?
- Famous for her role as Poussey Washington in “Orange Is the New Black”.
Where is Samira Wiley From?
Samira Wiley was born on April 15, 1987, in Washington, D.C., United States. Her birth name is Samira Denise Wiley. Her nationality is American. Wiley belongs to African-American ethnicity while Aries is her zodiac sign.
Born as one of the three children to her parents; Dennis W. Wiley(father) and Christine Wiley(mother), Samira was raised alongside her two siblings; Joshua Wiley and Aiyana Ma’at in their hometown where she attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Being interested in acting since a young age, Samira decided to pursue a career in acting for which she even graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City in 2010. She got trained in theater performance and worked mainly in theater while at the Juilliard School.
Samira Wiley’s Career Highlights
- Samira Wiley started her career with her first major acting role as Tina in the feature film, “The Sitter” in 2011.
- She then played Maria in a theater production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” by The Public Theater the same year.
- She got a breakthrough when she was cast as Poussey Washington in the TV series, “Orange Is the New Black” in 2013. She remained on the show for 6 years till 2019.
- In 2014, she played the role of Annie Bell in the crime film, “Rob the Mob”.
- She then played a minor role in the crime drama series, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2015.
- In 2016, she voiced the central character of the video game, “The Walking Dead: Michonne”.
- The same year, she appeared in movies including “37” and “Nerve” and series, “The Catch” and “You’re the Worst”.
- She has been playing the role of Moira in the Hulu dystopian drama series, “The Handmaid’s Tale” since 2017.
- The same year, she acted in a movie titled “Detroit” playing the role of Vanessa.
- She also appeared in “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television” playing the role of Jessica Mathers for 10 episodes.
- Her recent appearances on shows include “Drunk History”, “Will & Grace”, “Night on Earth”, “Equal”.
- Besides, she has modeled for several magazines including the cover and an editorial of the 2014 issue for Maniac Magazine.
- She was also featured on the cover of the 2014 edition of Out magazine.
Samira Wiley’s Relationship
Samira Wiley is a married woman and has been married to her love, Lauren Morelli. Morelli is an American producer, screenwriter, and director who is well known for being the writer of Orange Is the New Black. Following Morelli’s divorce with Steve Basil in 2014, she began dating Wiley whom she met while the onset of the series.
After dating for months, they got engaged on October 4, 2016, and later got married on March 25, 2017. They have been together for 4 years now and are strong more now. They have been a supporter of the LGBT community and same-sex marriage as well.
Samira Wiley’s Net Worth
Samira Wiley has quite good earnings from her professional career as an actress. Having her career started with her role in “The Sitter” in 2011, Wiley has managed to come a long way up becoming one of the cast members of the popular TV series, “Orange Is the New Black”. Her source of income is surely her role in movies and series. She has a net worth estimated at around $3 million.
Samira Wiley’s Height
Samira Wiley is a gorgeous lady with a well-maintained body physique in her 30s. She stands tall with a height of 5ft. 3inch.(1.60m) while her body weighs around 58kg(128 lbs).
She has her own bold personality which can be certain through her body features which have a measurement of 33-26-32 inches. She has brown complexion skin with bald hair and dark brown eyes.