Yvonne Orji is an actress and is best known for her work on HBO’s Insecure (2016), Sex (Therapy) with the Jones(2013) and The Conversation: Talk Show Series (2016).
Yvonne was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when she 6 years old. Orji was on a path to become a medical doctor, but the opportunity to be in a beauty pageant changed that. She decided to defy her parents’ wishes and pursue a career in writing, stand-up comedy, and acting. She began writing for the TVOne show Love That Girl, which starred Tatyana Ali, and was named the new Queen of Comedy by Ayiba Magazine.
Yvonne also created a web series called First Gen. The show told the story of a Nigerian immigrant daughter who forgoes her medical degree to pursue stardom. The series’ pilot went viral and Orji gained attention from HBO producers who then cast her in Issa Rae’s new show, Insecure.
Yvonne has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in public health from George Washington University.
Sources: npr, bustle, nbcnews, ayiba magazine, imdb