Danielle Brooks is an American actress and singer with a net worth of $2 Million. She rose to fame after starring as Taystee in the hit series “Orange is the New Black” which aired on Netflix. Brooks is also known for her work in the Broadway musical “The Color Purple”.
Danielle has been working in the entertainment industry since 2009 and appeared in numerous films and television series. Her immense popularity in films and dramas won her various awards including the Astra Film Award, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Young Hollywood Award, and many others.
Not to mention, she is also a singer and won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017. In 2022, she began starring in the American superhero series “Peacemaker”. Let’s take a look at the biography and net worth of Danielle Brooks.
Danielle Brooks Net Worth
|Danielle Brittany Brooks
Danielle Brittany Brooks was born on September 17, 1989, in Augusta, Georgia, to parents Dea. Dunnel Brooks and Rev. LaRita Brooks. Her father is a deacon and a BMW worker while her mother pursued her career as an Elementary School Teacher.
Danielle grew up alongside her younger brother Donnie Brooks in Simpsonville, South Carolina. At six years old, she started acting in a church play in Georgia. Growing up, she was a regular member of a theater group “Bethlehem Baptist Church”.
Brooks’ mother knew her talent for acting and put her daughter in several programs like Greenville’s Children’s Theater and Warehouse Theatre, local Youth Art Programs. Later she auditioned for the Governor’s School Arts program and was selected.
After attending middle school, Danielle Brooks enrolled at Hillcrest High Public School to finish her freshman and sophomore years. Upon her graduation, she wanted to pursue her studies in acting, so she went to audition for the drama program called Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and studied acting for about two years.
Her outstanding acting skills led her to get a place in the New York-based school, Juilliard School, and graduated in 2011 with a BA in Drama. Despite completing her acting studies, she wasn’t able to get any gig and faced many rejections for more than a year.
Danielle Brooks started her acting career by getting roles in Servant of Two Masters and Blacken the Bubble, theater productions that she left in 2013.
Danielle Brooks Biography
|Date of Birth
|September 17, 1989
|5 ft 4 in (162.5 cm)
|75 kg (165 lbs)
|Dea. Dunnel Brooks
|Rev. LaRita Brooks
|Freeya Carel Gelin
In 2013, Brooks had a big break when she landed a main role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson in the Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black“. She was cast to play her character for just two episodes but the directors decided to write it for the entire season.
In 2014, she played a role as Laura in an episode titled “Females Only” of the HBO television series “Girls”. That same year, Danielle made her film debut by appearing as Receptionist in the drama film “Time Out of Mind”.
From 2015 to 2018, Brooks guest appeared in several television series including Master of None, Tangled: The Series, Lip Sync Battle, Project Runway All Stars, and High Maintenance. Aside from TV shows, she is also in films like I Dream Too Much, Sadie, Clemency, and The Public’s Much Ado About Nothing. Danielle Brooks accumulated a net worth of 2 million US dollars.
Danielle came to the spotlight once again in 2017 when she made her Broadway debut by playing Sofia in the coming-of-age musical “The Color Purple“. Her performance earned her Tony Award nomination as well as winning critical acclaim.
Brooks has been starring as Leota Adebayo in the superhero television series “Peacemaker” since 2022. She is also a voice artist and worked in several animated films and television series.
At first, she was cast to provide vocals for characters in the 2016 animated comedy film “The Angry Birds Movie”. In 2018, she lent her vocals for the character Charica in an episode of the animated series “Elena of Avalor”.
Danielle landed the main recurring role as Pearle Watson in the animated sitcom “Close Enough” which ran from 2020 to 2022. Around this time, Brooks also signed to provide her vocals for the computer-animated musical series “Karma’s World”.
Danielle Brooks received numerous award nominations throughout her successful acting career. In 2013, she won the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Actress for her performance in “Orange is the New Black”.
Her appearance in “The Color Purple” led her to win Astra Film and Creative Awards, Celebration of Cinema & TV, Grammy Award, Santa Barbara International Movie Festival, and Three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2024, Brooks won the “Spotlight Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her breakout role in “The Color Purple”.
Danielle Brooks has been in a relationship with Dennis Gelin for a few years. The couple revealed that they were expecting their first child together in July 2019. Danielle gave birth to her daughter, Freeya Carel Gelin in November 2019. Their marriage ceremony was held at the Alfred DuPont Building in Miami Florida in January 2022.
Danielle Brooks Net Worth
Danielle Brooks has a net worth of $2 million as of 2024. The turning point of her career came with her role on the 2013 show “Orange is the New Black”. She earned a great reputation and wealth for herself, thanks to her starring roles in films and hit shows.
Brooks is a renowned actress who won the 2014 Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Actress and the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award among many others. Aside from her acting job, Danielle charges a vast chunk of money for endorsing brands and appearing in commercials.
In addition to this, her income comes from her clothing line called “Tria” which she launched in 2017 with the partnership of Universal Standard. Danielle Brooks’ annual income is roughly $300,000.