Ito Aghayere is a proud first-generation Nigerian-Canadian-American who is forever grateful to her parents for supporting her choice to skip out on law school to become an artist. Aghayere began her career on the New York stage and received a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her work in Danai Gurira’s critically acclaimed play “Familiar,” directed by Rebecca Taichman. She has originated two roles on Broadway: in Ayad Akhtar’s “Junk,” directed by Doug Hughes, and more recently alongside Janet McTeer in Theresa Rebeck’s “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.
Aghayere’s television credits include guest roles on series including INSTINCT, ELEMENTARY, “Doubt,” “Braindead” and “Unforgettable,” all on the Network, as well as “The Blacklist,” “Master of None” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Her film credits include starring alongside Hilary Swank in “Logan Lucky,” directed by Steven Soderberg.
Born in Alberta, Canada and raised in Toronto and Rochester, N.Y., Aghayere currently resides in Los Angeles. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in political science and theater arts. Later, she interned at the White House under the Obama administration in the Office of Presidential Correspondence while pursuing her graduate studies at Columbia University, where she received her MFA in acting.
Her birthday is Oct. 12. She can be followed on Twitter and Instagram @ItoAghayere.