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      Grace Byers

      Grace Byers

      Highest Rated: 87% The Blackening (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 61% The Retirement Plan (2023)

      Birthday: Jul 26, 1984

      Birthplace: Butler, Pennsylvania, USA

      Grace Gealey is an American actress who became a breakout star in 2015 for her role as Anika Calhoun on Fox's music drama "Empire" (Fox, 2014- ). Despite being born in Pennsylvania, Gealey moved with her parents to the Cayman Islands, where she would stay throughout the remainder of her formative years. Having always nurtured a desire for performance, Gealey moved back to the States at the age of 18 to enroll in the theater program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She received her Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts four years later, and soon after headed west to California to enroll in the University of California Irvine's graduate program in acting. After receiving her MFA from U.C. Irvine, Gealey relocated to New York City to became a professional stage actress. She soon started landing roles in several Off-Broadway plays like "Venus Flytrap" and "Rent." It was also during this time that Gealey started nabbing parts in nationally-aired commercials for companies like K-Mart. Gealey moved once again to Chicago to take part in that city's thriving theater scene. Despite her many successes in the theater world, however, Gealey longed to act in movies and on TV. By the mid-2010s she started auditioning for television roles, and was fortunate enough to be cast in the hit music drama "Empire" in 2014. "Empire" was Gealey's first ever screen role, and when the show debuted in the winter of 2015 it proved to be the breakout network hit of the year.

      Highest rated movies

      The Blackening The Retirement Plan

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      Grace Gealey at arrivals for FURIOUS 7 Premiere, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA April 1, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Grace Gealey at arrivals for FURIOUS 7 Premiere, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA April 1, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Grace Gealey at arrivals for FURIOUS 7 Premiere, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA April 1, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Grace Byers at arrivals for FOX Winter TCA 2019 All-star Party, The Fig House, Los Angeles, CA February 6, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Grace Gealey at arrivals for EMPIRE Season Two Premiere, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY September 12, 2015. Photo By: Eli Winston/Everett Collection Grace Gealey at arrivals for EMPIRE Season Two Premiere, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY September 12, 2015. Photo By: Eli Winston/Everett Collection Empire, Grace Gealey, 'The Outspoken King', Season 1, Ep. #2, 01/14/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 'Season 2', 09/23/2015, ©FOX Empire, Terrence Howard (L), Grace Gealey (R), 'Out, Damned Spot', Season 1, Ep. #6, 02/11/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 'False Imposition', Season 1, Ep. #4, 01/28/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 'The Devil Quotes Scripture', Season 1, Ep. #3, 01/21/2015, ©FOX Supergirl, Grace Gealey, ©KSITE Empire, Grace Gealey, 'Season 2', 09/23/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 01/07/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 01/07/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 'The Lyon's Roar', Season 1, Ep. #8, 02/25/2015, ©FOX Empire, Terrence Howard (L), Grace Gealey (R), 01/07/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 'Unto the Breach', Season 1, Ep. #9, 03/04/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey, 'Sinned Against', Season 2, Ep. #9, 11/25/2015, ©FOX Empire, Grace Gealey (L), Judd Nelson (R), 'Unto the Breach', Season 1, Ep. #9, 03/04/2015, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      61% 42% The Retirement Plan Hector (Character) $1.4M 2023
      87% 85% The Blackening Unknown (Character) $17.7M 2022
      No Score Yet 44% Bent Kate (Character) - 2018

      TV

      Credit
      98% 88% Harlem Quinn (Character) 2021 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bookmarks Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales Edie (Character) 2019
      79% 68% The Gifted Reeva Payge (Character) 2018-2019
      84% 48% Empire Anika Calhoun (Character) 2015-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2015 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway? Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015