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Daveed Diggs
Daveed Diggs
Daveed Diggs, White House, March 2016.png
Diggs at the White House in 2016
Born Daveed Daniele Diggs
(1982-01-24) January 24, 1982 (age 35)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Alma mater Brown University (AB)
Occupation Actor, rapper, singer
Years active 2006-Present

Daveed Daniele Diggs[1] (born January 24, 1982) is an American actor, rapper and singer. He is the vocalist of the experimental hip hop group Clipping and originated the role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the 2015 musical Hamilton, for which he won a Grammy Award and Tony Award.

Early life and education

Diggs was born in Oakland, California.[2] He has described his mother as Jewish[3] and his father as African-American.[3] His parents named him "Daveed," the Hebrew pronunciation of David. Diggs has said, "'David' means beloved in Hebrew... They spelled it with two E's because my dad liked the look of it."[3] His parents' ethnic/racial identities have contributed to his own self-identification: "The cultures never seemed separate--I had a lot of mixed friends. When I was young, I identified with being Jewish, but I embraced my dad's side too."[4]

Diggs is an alumnus of Berkeley High School and Brown University, where he graduated in 2004, with a bachelor's degree[5] in theatre arts.[6] An elite athlete, he was originally recruited for his track skills, and excelled in the sport at Brown, while earning a degree in theatre.[7] Diggs broke the Brown Bears' school record in the 110 meter hurdles as a sophomore, when he finished with a time of 14.21 seconds.[8]



Diggs performed in a lot of experimental theatre early on, most notably when he was on the national tour for Marc Bamuthi Joseph's choreopoem, Word Becomes Flesh, about a nine-month pregnancy, through the eyes of a young, single father.[9][10] Aside from his experimental work, he frequently performed in regional Shakespeare productions.

Lin-Manuel Miranda later invited Diggs to read and hear early versions of Hamilton. Diggs was impressed by Miranda's demos and obvious passion for the project, and saw that the concept was a perceptive use of the rap-musical medium. He became part of the musical and played the roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette off-Broadway in 2015, continuing with the roles when the show was moved to Broadway later in the year.[11] For his performance, Diggs won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, as well as a 2016 Grammy Award for the cast album.[12]

Diggs played his final performance in the show on July 15, 2016.[13]


Diggs is the vocalist of and writer for the experimental hip-hop and rap group clipping. The group was founded by William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes in 2009, with Diggs joining in 2010. The trio ultimately self-released their first mixtape album midcity in 2013 to fairly positive reviews, leading them to be signed to Sub Pop. They released their album CLPPNG in 2014, which was promoted with their CLPPNG Tour. In 2016, they released an EP titled Wriggle, followed by the album Splendor & Misery.

He is also a member of True Neutral Crew, alongside Brian Kinsman, Margot Padilla and Signor Benedick the Moor.[14] The group have released two EPs, #MONSANTO (2013)[15][better source needed] and 2014's #POPPUNK,[16] as well as Live, a 20-minute short film of a live performance.[17] They released their debut album soft rules in 2016.

In 2010 he made a duo album with Rafael Casal titled The BAY BOY Mixtape. Two years later, in 2012, he released his first solo rap album, Small Things to a Giant, composed of entirely original music he had written. As of 2016, Diggs has been working on a new solo rap release, set for release toward the end of 2016 or early in 2017.[11]

He is also a member of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail's freestyle rap group Freestyle Love Supreme, or FLS, which performs across the country.

His rapping has also been featured on tracks by Busdriver, George Watsky, Rafael Casal, and Leslie Odom, Jr., and he wrote and performed a rap number for the 2016 animated film Zootopia.


Diggs has had recurring roles on the series The Get Down, Black-ish, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.[18][19][20]

Diggs served as an executive producer of the ABC series The Mayor. In addition, he wrote original music for it, as well as guest starring on it.[21][22][23] He will also star in the upcoming television adaption of Snowpiercer.[24]


Year Title Role Location
2005 Temptation Dr. Henry Foustka Custom Made Theatre Company
2006 Two Rooms Walker Harris Custom Made Theatre Company
2006 The Tempest Ferdinand / Caliban San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
2007 Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train Angel Cruz San Francisco Playhouse
2007 Six Degrees of Separation Paul San Francisco Playhouse
2008 Troilus and Cressida Troilus Pacific Repertory Theatre
2010 Red Light Winter Matt Custom Made Theatre Company
2010 Mirrors in Every Corner Watts Intersection for the Arts
2010 In the Red and Brown Water The Egungun Marin Theatre Company
2011 Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine Flow Barnes Calles The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
2012 A Behanding in Spokane Toby San Francisco Playhouse
2015 Hamilton Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson The Public Theater
2015-2016 Richard Rodgers Theatre



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Rock Hard: The Rise and Fall of Sexual Detergent Neil Davis Short film
2012 Yoga Boner Daveed Short film
2016 Zootopia N/A Writer and performer: "Parlez-Vous Rap"
2017 Wonder Mr. Thomas Browne
2017 Ferdinand Dos (voice)
2018 Blindspotting Collin Post-production; also writer


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Hobbes and Me Hobbes 8 episodes; web series
2015-2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Counselor Henderson 2 episodes
2016-2017 The Get Down Adult Ezekiel Figuero 10 episodes
2016-2017 Black-ish Johan Johnson 9 episodes
2017 Sesame Street Mr. Noodle's Brother Episode: "Elmo Comes Clean"
2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Perry 3 episodes
2017 Tour de Pharmacy Slim Robinson Television film
2017 The Mayor Mac Etcetera Episode: "Pilot"; also executive producer
2018 Snowpiercer Layton Well Upcoming series


With clipping.

With True Neutral Crew

  • #MONSANTO (2013) - EP
  • #POPPUNK (2014) - EP
  • soft rules (2016)

Featured artist

  • The Monster (2009) - featured on "Running Down" & "Wise Guys"
  • Mean Ones (2012) - additional vocals
  • Hamilton (2015) - original Broadway cast recording
  • Thumbs (2015) - featured on "Surrounded by Millionaires"
  • Good For You (2016) - single; featured rapper
  • Maiden Voyage Suite (2016) - EP by Sir Benedick the Moor; featured on 1200am
  • x Infinity (2016) - featured on Exquisite Corpse


  • midcity promotional concerts (5 shows, in the US and UK, Feb. 19, 2013 - Mar. 18, 2014)
  • CLPPNG Tour (19 shows, in the US and the UK, Jul. 3 - Nov. 10, 2014)
  • #POPPUNK promotional concerts (3 shows, in the US, Jul. 17, 2014 - Jun. 5, 2015)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Hamilton Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Theatre World Award Outstanding Debut Performance Won
Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Won
Fred and Adele Astaire Award Best Male Dancer Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Funny Performance Nominated
Favorite Breakthrough Performance (male) Won


On May 28, 2017, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree was conferred upon Diggs, during the 249th commencement ceremony at Brown University, his alma mater.[6]


  1. ^ "Daveed Diggs Theatre Credits and Profile". 
  2. ^ "Daveed Diggs leaps to Broadway stardom in 'Hamilton'". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Hoffman, Barbara (July 18, 2015). "'I went from couch-surfing to starring on Broadway'". New York Post. Archived from the original on August 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Kathy. "Daveed Diggs on His Hebrew School Roots, Meeting Crazy Celebrities & Getting His Shot on Broadway in Hamilton". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ Departments & Degree Programs Brown University. 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2017
  6. ^ a b Brown to confer six honorary degrees O'rya Hyde-Keller. Brown University. April 20, 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2017
  7. ^ "Daveed Diggs was a track star at Brown University. Now he's a rap star in Hamilton on Broadway". February 17, 2016. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ Raman, Sheela (September 22, 2004). "Senior profile: Daveed Diggs". Brown Daily Herald. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "Word Becomes Flesh". Living Word Project. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Daveed Diggs". Playbill. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ a b theneedledrop (2016-04-03), TND Podcast #44 ft. Daveed Diggs, retrieved  
  12. ^ Plitt, Amy; Reilly, Phoebe (June 13, 2016). "20 Best, Worst and WTF Moments at 2016 Tony Awards". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ Viagas, Robert. "Daveed Diggs' Post-Hamilton Plate Starts to Fill Up - Playbill". Playbill. 
  14. ^ Miserachi, Raquel (May 15, 2014). "TRUE NEUTRAL CREW: #POPPUNK". Noisey. VICE. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ Fantano, Anthony (September 9, 2013). "True Neutral Crew - #MONSANTO". The Needle Drop. Archived from the original on June 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ Tucker, Simon (July 9, 2014). "True Neutral Crew: #POPPUNK - album review". Louder Than War. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ "Watch This: True Neutral Crew Release 20 Minute Short Film Of Themselves Playing Live". Louder Than War. November 14, 2014. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ "7 Things We Learned at Baz Luhrmann's 'Get Down' Talk". Rolling Stone. April 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  19. ^ Ryan, Maureen (July 20, 2016). "Daveed Diggs of 'Hamilton' Joins 'Black-ish' Family in Season 3 (EXCLUSIVE)". 
  20. ^ "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3's best new guest stars, from Daveed Diggs to Beyoncé (kinda)". 
  21. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 6, 2017). "'The Mayor' Creator Explains How Chance the Rapper Inspired ABC Comedy Series". 
  22. ^ "Daveed Diggs gives scoop on new ABC series". 
  23. ^ "(#101) "Pilot"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2017. 
  24. ^ Rosen, Christopher (17 May 2017). "Hamilton star Daveed Diggs to lead Snowpiercer show". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. 

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