Danielle Brooks Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Facts & More

Who is Danielle Brooks?

Success is not an activity but a process that passes through hard work, dedication and perseverance, this line has very well proved by Danielle Brittany Brooks who is an American actress and singer. This gorgeous star gained huge attention for her role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black and the voice of Officer Pearle Watson on the HBO Max animated series, Close Enough. Besides this, she has also earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Sofia in the 2015 Broadway production of The Color Purple.

Personal Life/Early Life

This beautiful actress, Danielle was born in Augusta, Georgia in the United States and belongs to African-American ethnicity and her religion is Christianity. She was born to a mother LaRita Brooks and a father, Dunnel Brooks. Moreover, she grew up with her younger brother named Donnie “DJ” Brooks. Concerning about her education, Danielle studied at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities for her final two years of high school. Furthermore, she enrolled at Juilliard School where she graduated from Juilliard School with Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2011.

Danielle Brooks Relationship Status

Moving towards her relationship status, Danielle is not married yet but she is engaged to Dennis Gelin. Besides this, she kept her personal life private, prior to her engagement announcement. Her engagement news came as a surprise to her well-wishers. Other than this, Brooks announced that she was pregnant with her first child on July 2, 2019. Later, she gave birth to a girl, Freeya Carel Gelin on November 16, 2019. Recently, this lovely couple tied the sacred knot of marriage in the year 2022.

Name Danielle Brooks
Nick Name Danie
Birthdate 17 September 1989
Age 32 years old (as of 2021)
Birth Place Augusta, Georgia in the United States
Gender Female
Nationality American
Religion Christianity
Profession Actress
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Net Worth $1 million

Physical Appearance

Height(Approx) In feet: 5’4”

In centimetre: 162cm

Weight(Approx) In kilogram: 75kg
In pounds: 165lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Food Habits Vegan

Family Background, Education

Father Name Dunnel Brooks
Mother Name LaRita Brooks
Siblings Sister: None

Brother: Donnie Brooks

School South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities
College Juilliard School
Education Qualification Graduate

Boyfriend, Husband, Marriage

Marital Status Married
Boyfriend Dennis Gelin
Husband/Spouse Dennis Gelin

Children Daughter: Freeya Carel Gelin


Favorite Things & Assets

Favorite Actor Not Known
Favorite Color Not Known
Favorite Actress Not Known

Social Media Accounts

Instagram Danielle Brooks
Twitter Danielle Brooks

 Danielle Brooks Career Highlights

Talking about her career, Danielle entered in the world of acting at the age of 6 when she started acting in a native play by her church. Later, she started acting in theater productions after graduating from Juilliard. Thereafter, she made her appearance in Shakespeare Theater Company’s Servant of Two Masters and Blacken the Bubble.

Furthermore, in the year 2013, she left both productions in order to join the cast of the Netflix television series, Orange Is the New Black. Besides this, Brooks came into the huge limelight by making her tv series debut with the Netflix show, where she was cast to play Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson. Initially, her role was intended to be featured in the show for only two episodes. However, her character was re-written later as a recurring role for the rest of the first season.

Apart from that, TV critics named her “the breakout actress of the show and one of the most refreshing and exciting new talents of 2013” for her role in the show. In fact, she has won three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for her amazing performance. In the year 2013, Brooks had also won the Young Hollywood Award – Breakthrough Actress. Moreover, this stunning beauty made film debut with the minor role in the 2014 American drama film, Time Out of Mind.

Other than this, in the year 2013, Danielle made her appearance in an episode of the third season of the HBO series, Girls. She became the first African-American actress on the show, with her appearance. She also appeared in a number of other television shows, including High Maintenance, Master of None, and Social Distance. Sadie, I Dream Too Much, The Public’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Day Shall Come, All the Little Things We Kill, The Public’s Much Ado About Nothing, and Eat Wheaties! are just a few of her well-known films.

Besides this, Danielle is also a versatile voice actress and has provided a voice in numerous television series. She is eminently known for her voice role of Pearle Watson in the HBO Max animated series, Close Enough. Furthermore, Brooks also got guest voice roles in Lasso & Comet, Tangled: The Series, and Elena of Avalor. Additionally, she served a voice role in the 2016 animated movie, The Angry Birds. Other than this, Brooks made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple. She portrayed Sofia in the play. She was nominated for Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in the play.

In the year 2016, she was awarded Theater World Award for The Color Purple. In the following year, she won Grammy Award – Best Musical Theater Album for The Purple. Later, in the year 2019, Brooks portrayed Beatrice in The Public Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, receiving a Drama League Award nomination for her performance. After that, it was also announced that she would star in a Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson in 2022. Besides this, it was also planned that this cast will then star in a film adaptation of the play, with a director still to be named.

Danielle Brooks Wealth and Net Worth

Moving towards her net worth, Danielle has established herself as one of the familiar names in the entertainment industry. Her net worth can be estimated to have $1 million approximately. The major source of her income is her acting her. Besides this, Brooke has also made her appearance in several commercials.

Danielle Brooks Physical Appearance

This gorgeous actress, Danielle stands at a height of 5 feet and 4 inches which is 162 in centimeters. She is very conscious about her physique which is complemented by her shiny black hair and dark brown eyes. She has attracted million of her fans through her outstanding looks and beauty. Brooks maintains herself fit with the weight of 75kg or 165lbs. Her figure measurements are 42 inches breast, 33 inches waist and 44 inches hips approximately. Her bra size is 42B while her show size is 14 (US).

Some Amazing Facts At A Glance About Danielle Brooks

  • In the year 2017, she started taking a vegan diet.
  • Brooks also participated in a Dove campaign while criticizing their 2017 commercial.
  • This star has also competed against co-star Uzo Aduba in Lip Sync Battle.
  • Her mother is a minister while her father was a deacon.
  • Danielle does not drink coffee at all.
  • She has also become so popular on Instagram having about 2.4M followers.

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