19 Facts About Amber Riley


Amber Riley is best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee.


In 2016, Riley originated the lead role of Effie White in the West End debut of Dreamgirls.


Amber Riley won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical Performance in 2017 for her work.


Amber Riley won season 17 of Dancing with the Stars in 2013.


Amber Riley participated on the American and British versions of The Masked Singer.


Amber Riley was born in Los Angeles County, California, with a mother of the maiden name Hightower.


Amber Riley auditioned for American Idol when she was 17 years old, during the show's second season, but was turned down by the producers.

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Amber Riley graduated from La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California in 2004.


Amber Riley played Dr Frank-N-Furter in the episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show", singing the lead on the song "Sweet Transvestite" to generally positive reviews from critics.


Amber Riley appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and later sang the national anthem at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


Amber Riley co-wrote a track titled "Leave a Light On" for British group The Saturdays, which is featured on their album Living for the Weekend.


In February 2016, it was announced that Amber Riley would portray the lead role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End, beginning performances in November 2016.


Amber Riley recorded a number of tracks for Todrick Hall's visual album Straight Outta Oz.


In 2017, Amber Riley teamed up with British singers Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson to form a musical theatre supergroup, known collectively as the Leading Ladies.


In 2013, Amber Riley won the seventeenth season of ABC's dancing competition Dancing with the Stars.


Amber Riley was partnered with the show's one and only six-time champion, Derek Hough.


Amber Riley is the first African-American woman to win Dancing With the Stars.


On February 28,2020, Amber Riley confirmed she finished recording songs for her debut extended play.


In Fall 2022, Amber Riley competed on season eight of The Masked Singer as "Harp".