Daveed Diggs

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  • Award-Winning and Trailblazing Actor, Writer, Rapper, and Producer
  • Known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway hit Hamilton


Tony, Grammy, and Lucille Lortel Award-winning actor, writer, rapper and producer, Daveed Diggs is widely known for originating the dual roles of ‘Thomas Jefferson’ and ‘Marquis de Lafayette’ in the Broadway sensation Hamilton. His independent film Blindspotting, which he co-wrote, produced and starred in, debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Lionsgate. Variety called it, “The most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since Do the Right Thing nearly 30 years ago,” and Eric Kohn of IndieWire wrote, “Daveed Diggs is an instant movie star.” His performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “Best Lead Role.”

Diggs was seen in the thriller Velvet Buzzsaw, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Diggs was in the hit film Wonder opposite Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, in a performance heralded as “irresistibly charming” and “deeply sympathetic.” He can also be heard as the voice of ‘Dos’ in Fox’s animated film Ferdinand opposite Kate McKinnon and John Cena and seen in Netflix’s The Starling.

On television, Diggs can be seen in TNT’s series Snowpiercer opposite Jennifer Connelly and Netflix’s rotoscope series Undone by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. He has also lent his voice the live-action film adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, Disney's Soul, and Josh Gad’s Central Park. He was seen on ABC’s Emmy-nominated series Blackish, and Netflix’s hit comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He also starred in HBO’s Tour de Pharmacy alongside Andy Samberg and Orlando Bloom. Previous television credits include NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and Netflix’s The Get Down created by visionary director Baz Luhrmann. Diggs executive produced ABC’s The Mayor and is currently creating original content for ESPN and the banking app ZELLE.

Diggs is also a member of the West Coast-based experimental hip-hop trio, “clipping.” Diggs has toured nationally and internationally, both as a solo artist and with “clipping,” playing venues including Sonar Festival in Barcelona; Off Festival in Krakow; ATP Iceland in Keflavic; and Brooklyn's AfroPunk Fest. Special engagement bookings include the Red Bull Music Academy and Moog Electronics. The group was also nominated for a Hugo Award for their sophomore album Splendor & Misery.

 

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Tony and Grammy Award winning actor, rapper and producer Daveed Diggs is widely known for originating the dual roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway sensation, Hamilton.

Diggs starred in Season 2 of his hit TNT series Snowpiercer opposite Jennifer Connelly. The series is based on the critically acclaimed movie by Parasite director Bong Joon-ho and the graphic novel series of the same name. Season 1 of Snowpiercer premiered as the #1 new cable entertainment program of 2020. Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. He will also lend his voice to the live-action film adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, in which he will play Sebastian. The film also stars Halle bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem and Jacob Tremblay.

Diggs lent his voice to Disney Pixar’s Soul, where he starred opposite Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. The film follows a musician who has lost his passion for music and is transported out of his body. He is forced to find his way back with the help of an infant soul, who helps him rediscover himself. The animated film was released on December 25, 2020 on Disney+.

In Fall 2020, Diggs starred in SHOWTIME’S The Good Lord Bird opposite Ethan Hawke. The limited series is based on the award-winning novel by author James McBridge and follows abolitionist John Brown in a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America. The series premiered on October 4th, 2020.

In Summer 2020, Diggs starred in Disney+’s Hamilton, which was released on July 3rd, 2020. The performance was shot during the original Broadway cast’s run on the great white way and gave viewers at home the chance to experience the groundbreaking musical from the comfort of their own homes.

In Spring 2020, Diggs lent his voice to Apple TV+’s new animated musical sitcom, Central Park. He starred opposite Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Odom Jr. and Kathryn Hahn in the series, which tells the story of a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park. The show premiered on the streaming platform May 29th, 2020.

Diggs wrapped production on the independent feature The Starling opposite Melissa McCarthy, which is expected to air on Netflix in late 2021. 

In 2019, Diggs starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Netflix thriller Velvet Buzzsaw and lent his voice to Netflix’s Green Eggs and Ham, Amazon’s Undone and Disney XD’s Star Wars Resistance.

In 2018, Diggs co-wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed Lionsgate feature, Blindspotting, which Peter DeBruge at Variety called, “the most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since Do The Right Thing nearly 30 years ago.” In addition to receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance, Eric Kohn of IndieWire deemed Diggs as “an instant movie star.” Following the film’s success, Starz ordered a television series spinoff starring Jasmine Cephas Jones. Diggs will serve as co-executive producer and writer of the series.

In 2017, Diggs co-starred in the hit Lionsgate feature Wonder, opposite Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, in a performance heralded as “irresistibly charming” and “deeply sympathetic.” He also voiced the character 'Dos' in Fox’s animated feature, Ferdinand opposite Kate McKinnon.

On television, Diggs has lent his voice to Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, Apple’s Edendale and Netflix’s Bojack Horseman. Other television credits include ABC’s Emmy-nominated series Blackish, Netflix’s hit comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, HBO’s Tour De Pharmacy, NBC’s Law & Order SVU, and Netflix’s The Get Down, created by visionary director Baz Luhrmann. Diggs also executive produced ABC’s The Mayor and a variety of digital shorts for ESPN.  

Diggs is a member of the West Coast-based experimental hip-hop trio, “clipping.” He has toured nationally and internationally, both as a solo artist and with “clipping,” playing venues such as the Sonar Festival in Barcelona; Off Festival in Krakow; ATP Iceland in Keflavic; and Brooklyn's AfroPunk Fest. One of the hip-hop trio’s songs, "The Deep," was turned into a book from Simon & Schuster and was named one of NPR’s best books of 2019. Special engagement bookings include the Red Bull Music Academy and Moog Electronics.  The group was also nominated for a Hugo Award for their sophomore album, Splendor & Misery. Clipping released its fifth album entitled Vision of Bodies Being Burned on October 23rd, 2020. The album serves as a follow up to their acclaimed 2019 release There Existed An Addiction To Blood and the second installment in its sociopolitical horrorcore series.