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Gabourey Sidibe (born May 6, 1983) is an American actress.


Sidibe was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an American R&B and gospel singer who appeared on the fifth season of America's Got Talent, on June 15, 2010. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is from Senegal and works as a cab driver. Growing up, Sidibe briefly lived with her aunt, the noted feminist activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes. She has attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College. She worked at The Fresh Air Fund's office as a receptionist before she went on to pursue a career in acting.

Outside of her work on American Horror Story, she is best known for her breakout role in the film Precious and her role on the hit TV series, "The Big C". In Precious, for which she earned Best Actress nominations from both the Oscars and Golden Globes, Sidibe plays the titular character.

She also portrays Becky, a major character on the 2015 series Empire.

Yelling to the Sky, in which she played bully Latonya Williams was a Sundance Lab project directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Zoe Kravitz.

Work on American Horror Story[]

Gabourey Sidibe's breakout role brought her to the attention of Ryan Murphy Productions, and Sidibe was cast in a special guest starring credit in the third installment of American Horror Story, titled Coven. Sidibe plays Queenie, a Black girl torn between Salem witches descendants and Voodoo practitioners. Sidibe will reprise the role in two subsequent seasons; Crossover to the fifth season, Hotel, where Queenie visits the infamous Hotel Cortez, and later in the eight season, Apocalypse, where the witches must survive a nuclear meltdown.

Gabourey Sidibe was a special guest star in the fourth installment, playing Dandy Mott's childhood playmate Regina Ross in Freak Show. Sidibe joined the spin-off American Horror Stories in its second installment, portraying Jaslyn Taylor in the episode "Aura".



Episode appearances for Gabourey Sidibe
Story or Series Character Episodes
Coven Queenie
Freak Show Regina Ross
Hotel Queenie Battle Royale
Apocalypse Queenie
American Horror Stories Jaslyn Taylor Aura