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Lena Waithe

Actor / Screenwriter / TV Producer
Date Of Birth:
17 May 1984
Place Of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Best Known As:
Writer/producer of the film 'Queenie & Slim' and Denise from 'Master of None'
Lena Waithe is a television writer and producer who is also known for her acting role in the TV series Master of None. Waithe also produced and wrote the 2019 feature film Queen & Slim (starring Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya). She grew up in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles after college to become a TV writer in 2006. Waithe worked on a number of series, including writing for the kids' show How to Rock (2012) and the cop show Bones (2014-15). She also worked as a producer on Dear White People (2014), and as an actress -- most famously as Denise in Master of None (2015-17). In 2017 Waithe won a Primetime Emmy for writing the episode "Thanksgiving" (she shared the award with series creator Aziz Ansari). By 2018 Waithe had a show of her own creation, The Chi (short for Chicago, her home town); the show's producers included Oscar winner Common. Waithe's first feature film was 2019's Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas.
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Lena Waithe plays Tech, one of the savvy players in the Steven Spielberg movie Ready Player One (2018).

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