Teyonah Parris stars in "Survivor's Remorse" on Starz as Reggie's (RonReaco Lee) wife Missy Vaughn.

With southern charm, an unparalleled drive and a trademark smile, Teyonah Parris is making waves in the acting world. She recently played the recurring role of Dawn Chambers in the AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama series "Mad Men." On the big screen, she can be seen in "They Came Together," a send-up of the romantic comedy genre starring Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders and Paul Rudd

In 2010 Parris shared the stage at Lincoln Center with Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def in Broadway's "A Free Man of Color." She also celebrated the release of her debut feature film, James L. Brooks' romantic comedy, "How Do You Know," starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd.

Other credits include guest spots in CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "The Good Wife," and the dramatic short film, "Empire Corner."

As a graduate of the Juilliard School, Parris has trained under distinguished professors, Richard Feldman and Wendy Waterman. Parris performed in numerous school productions, with the role of Celimene in Moliere's "The Misanthrope" being her favorite.

As the middle child and only girl, Parris was a self-proclaimed tomboy and beauty queen, always thriving on being unique and never adhering to stereotypes. She started her journey in front of audiences by participating in pageants and modeling. An early notable memory is of her winning the title of Ms. Lower Richland High School, where she was the first freshman and African American on record to win the title. In addition to modeling and softball, Parris also participated in her high school's cheerleading, step, and dance teams.

When she is not acting, Parris supports causes close to her heart, such as embracing your natural beauty, empowering our youth and raising HIV/AIDS awareness. She also took part in the Designers Against Aids, photo shoot for World Aids Day.

Parris is currently living in Los Angeles, California.




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Height: 5' 5"
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA


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