Gabourey Sidibe stars in "The Big C" on Showtime as Andrea.

On the big screen, Sidibe stars as Odessa in Brett Ratner's "Tower Heist," alongside an ensemble cast that includes Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Judd Hirsch and Téa Leoni.

Gabourey Sidibe, aka Gabby Sidibe, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Harlem. She is the daughter of R&B/Gospel singer Alice Tan Ridley. Gabourey was a student pursuing a degree in psychology when she was cast as the lead role of Precious in Lee Daniels film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

For her role as Precious, Gabourey received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. She also garnered Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The National Board of Review awarded her with the Breakthrough Performance Award and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival honored Gabourey with the Vanguard Award for "taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film."

Since shooting "Precious," Gabourey filmed the Sundance Lab film "Yelling to the Sky," which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. She also had the distinct honor of hosting "Saturday Night Live."

While she never studied theater, she has spent time on stage, participating in plays put on by the Theater department of at Lehman College in the Bronx. She also appeared in the musical revue "Uptown Serenade," in which she sang two Ella Fitzgerald songs. Though her acting career is a surprise to her, she is excited to pursue it and says the she has "fallen in love" with her work.

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Age: 34 years old
Birthday: May 6, 1983
Height: 5' 5"
Nickname: Gabby
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Harlem, NY

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