Biography

Birth name: Amirah Vann
Birth place: New York, USA
Date of Birth: July 2, 1978
Height: 5′ 2″ (1.57 m)
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Siblings: Older sister
Relationship: Patrick Oyeku

Amirah Vann was born in New York, USA on July 2, 1978 to an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mother. She has one older sister. Amirah and her sister were raised in Far Rockaway, New York where she attended Far Rockaway High School.

She went on to follow her passion for performing, pursuing undergraduate study in acting at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and attending the NYU Tisch graduate acting program. Soon afterward, she began work with The Continuum Company under the direction of Jim Calder. She traveled with the company to Florence, Italy, performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), while collaborating as a vocalist with Jonathan Batiste to develop original music for the production. She also performed in the company’s production of Pericles, directed by Mark Wing Davey.

Upon graduation, Amirah went on to participate in a variety of developmental musical workshops, including Kingdom, Holler If You Hear Me, Sweethearts of Swing, The Lady Killers Love Story, and Cubamor, which was presented at the 26th annual National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival. She also participated in the development of several pieces by playwright Dominique Morriseau (Detroit ’67).

Amirah made her Off-Broadway debut in Laughing Pictures at the Flea Theatre, and continued her stage career performing off-Broadway and regionally in pieces such as Trouble In Mind, The Mountaintop, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Wax Wings and Blueprint.

Among her accolades, Amirah is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Acting, Best Actor by the UJAMAA Black Theater, and The ARTS Musical Theater Award.

In 2006, she made her acting debut as Saidah in the short film, Three and a Half Thoughts.

In 2007, she was set to appear in the pilot for Family Values, a family sitcom executive produced by Mike Shapiro and Rob Kutner. Sadly, the pilot was never picked up to series.

She had her feature film debut in Once More with Feeling in 2009 where she played a bartender. Amirah later appeared in the comedy First World Problem in 2011.

Amirah appeared in several tv series such as Girls which was her TV debut, Believe and Mozart In The Jungle. She also made appearances in the feature films 80/20, And So It Goes alongside Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, Tracers alongside Taylor Lautner, Don’t Worry Baby and the short film The Hostess.

In 2016, she had her breakout role playing Ernestine in WGN America’s drama Underground which tells the story of American heroes and their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary Harriet Tubman blazing the trail. The role earned her an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The show was on the air for two season before the network decided to cancel it.

In 2017, Amirah had guest appearances on Major Crimes and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit before she landed the role of Tegan Price on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder opposite Viola Davis. She appeared in ten episodes of season four and was made a series regular in season five.

In 2018, Amirah appeared on USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. playing FBI agent Justine Simon opposite Josh Duhamel and Bokeem Woodbine who also appeared on Underground.

In the same year, she was cast in The Finest, a series about five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, face the challenges of their high-risk jobs while juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood and family. While the pilot was picked up which was directed by Regina King, ABC passed on a series order.

She also filmed Miss Virginia alongside her Underground co-star Adina Porter which is currently in post-production.

Amirah is happily dating Patrick Oyeku.