Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri (/ˈaɪoʊ əˈdɛbəri/ EYE-oh ə-DEB-ər-ee; born October 3, 1995) is an American actress, comedian, and television writer.

She has played chef Sydney Adamu in the comedy-drama series The Bear since 2022, for which she has won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Ayo Edebiri
Edebiri holding a microphone
Edebiri in 2018
Born (1995-10-03) October 3, 1995 (age 28)
EducationNew York University (BFA)
Occupations
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • television writer
Years active2014–present

Edebiri has also served as a writer and voice actor on Big Mouth since 2020 and has written for the comedy series What We Do in the Shadows in 2022. In 2023, she voiced roles in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and had starring roles in the comedy films Theater Camp and Bottoms.

Early and personal life

Edebiri was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 3, 1995, to a Barbadian mother and Nigerian father. She is an only child, and she was raised in the Dorchester neighborhood. Her family is Pentecostal, and she regularly attended church services with her parents. Edebiri first became interested in comedy through an eighth grade drama class, which led her to join the improv club at Boston Latin School. She attended New York University, where she initially intended to study teaching before switching her major to dramatic writing. During her junior year of college, Edebiri began pursuing a career in comedy, and interned at the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Edebiri has canvassed for the Democratic Socialists of America. She identifies as queer.

Career

2014–2021: Early work

In 2014, Edebiri acted in an episode of the series Defectives. Edebiri started her career as a stand-up comedian, and performed a stand-up set on Comedy Central's Up Next. Edeberi's scripted digital series Ayo and Rachel Are Single began airing on Comedy Central in May 2020, which she cowrote and co-starred in with her friend and fellow comedian Rachel Sennott. She made her film debut in 2020 comedy-drama Shithouse, in an uncredited role. Edebiri co-hosts a podcast called Iconography with Olivia Craighead that features interviews with guests in conversation about their shared personal icons. The podcast is produced by Forever Dog and the second season was released in 2020.

A television writer, she has written for the sole seasons of The Rundown with Robin Thede and NBC's Sunnyside. Edebiri joined the writing staff of Big Mouth for the show's fourth season. After Jenny Slate stepped down from voicing the character Missy so the role could be played by a black actress, Edebiri auditioned and was selected as the replacement in August 2020. Her voice acting as the character began at the end of the show's fourth season. She was a writer and actress in Dickinson's second season on Apple TV+, where she first worked with Christopher Storer, who went on to create The Bear. She acted in a supporting role in the 2022 film adaptation of the Jennifer E. Smith YA novel Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between.

2022–present: breakthrough and The Bear

In 2022 Edebiri gained wider prominence as a main cast member on the FX on Hulu series The Bear. She received a Golden Globe Award and Independent Spirit Award and nominations from the Gotham Awards and the Critics' Choice Awards for her role as Sydney Adamu, an ambitious young sous chef. She also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Lucy Mangan of The Guardian praised her performance declaring her as "magnificent" and "still lighting up and punching up every scene she is in".

During this time she became a writer and consulting producer on the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, earning a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Comedy for the episode "Private School". Edebiri coproduced, appeared and served as a writer on Mulligan (2023), an animated series for Netflix. She also had voice roles in the Netflix interactive special We Lost Our Human. Also in 2023, she appeared in an episode of the Mel Brooks Hulu series History of the World, Part II and the Black Mirror episode "Joan Is Awful". She also voiced roles in the Disney Channel series Kiff and the Max series Clone High. Later that year she voiced Glory Grant in the animated superhero sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and April O'Neil in the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Both of the films received critical acclaim and were financially successful.

Also in 2023, she starred in the live mockumentary comedy film Theater Camp alongside Molly Gordon and Ben Platt. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, with many comparing it to the films of Christopher Guest. Later that year, she guest starred in Abbott Elementary and starred in the teen sex comedy Bottoms opposite Rachel Sennott. Bottoms premiered at South by Southwest. Katie Walsh of The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Sennott and Edebiri deliver two of the funniest performances of the year". She appeared in the film The Sweet East directed by Sean Price Williams, which premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival at the Directors' Fortnight.

Edebiri hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest Jennifer Lopez in 2024. In a sketch Edebiri indirectly acknowledged having criticized Lopez previously on the podcast Scam Goddess.

Edebiri will next star in the A24 horror film Opus, co-starring John Malkovich. She will also play a supporting role in James L. Brooks's comedy film Ella McCay. She will be voicing Envy in the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out 2, set to be released in 2024.

Acting credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Shithouse Emily Uncredited
Cicada Nikki
2021 How It Ends Stand Up
As of Yet Khadijah
2022 Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between Stella
2023 Theater Camp Janet Walch
Bottoms Josie
The Sweet East Molly
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Glory Grant Voice
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem April O'Neil Voice
2024 Omni Loop Paula
Inside Out 2 Envy Voice
2025 Ella McCay TBA Post-production
TBA Opus Ariel Ecton Post-production; also executive producer
Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Defectives Stacey Episode: "Public Display of Affection"
2020–2023 Bigtop Burger Frances (voice) Recurring role
2020–present Big Mouth Missy Foreman-Greenwald (voice) Main role
2021 Dickinson Hattie 6 episodes
The Premise Eve Stone Episode: "Social Justice Sex Tape"
2022 Pause with Sam Jay Party Guest Episode: "Eyes Wide Butt"
2022–present The Bear Sydney Adamu Main role
2023 Abbott Elementary Ayesha Teagues Recurring role
History of the World, Part II Japheth's Wife Episode: "III"
Mulligan General Scarpaccio/Jayson Moody (voice) Recurring role
Kiff Professor Totsy (voice) Episode: "Kiff's Mix"
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson VR Shopping Spree Host Episode: "I Can Do Whatever I Want."
Black Mirror Sandy Episode: "Joan Is Awful"
2023–present Clone High Harriet Tubman (voice) Main role
2024 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Ayo Edebiri/Jennifer Lopez"
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil (voice) Main role; upcoming series

Writing credits

Year Title Writer Producer Notes
2019 Sunnyside Yes No Staff editor and wrote episode: "Too Many Lumpies"
2020–present Big Mouth Yes Yes Consulting producer
2021 Dickinson Yes No Staff writer and wrote 2 episodes
2022 What We Do in the Shadows Yes Yes Consulting producer
Craig of the Creek Yes No Story writer of episode: "Adventures in Baby Casino"
2023 The Eric Andre Show Yes No Creative consultant
Mulligan Yes Yes Co-producer

Awards and nominations

Accolades for Ayo Edebiri
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2022 Gotham Independent Film Awards Outstanding Performance in a New Series The Bear Nominated
2023 Critics' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series What We Do in the Shadows (for "Private School") Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Bear Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Episodic Comedy What We Do in the Shadows (for "Private School") Nominated
Dorian TV Awards Best Supporting TV Performance — Comedy The Bear Won
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Astra TV Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy Won
Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy What We Do in the Shadows (for "Private School") Won
Astra Creative Arts TV Awards Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Abbott Elementary Won
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Comedy Series The Bear Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2024 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Voice Performance Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Nominated
BAFTA Film Awards BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Bear Won
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series Abbott Elementary Nominated

Notes

References

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