Tony Award winner, youngest Disney Legend, upcoming series Tiana coming to Disney+, upcoming on Broadway in Uncle Vanya
Anika recently starred in the Showtime series LET THE RIGHT ONE IN with Damien Bechir.
Previously, Anika starred in the critically acclaimed Netflix limited series MAID opposite Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell and Nick Robinson (Director: John Wells).
She starred in the Netflix holiday film JINGLE JANGLE opposite Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad and Keegan - Michael Key (Director: David E. Talbert), in LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (Hulu) with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and also in Lena Waithe’s horror anthology THEM: COVENANT (Amazon).
She also performed the song ALMOST THERE from THE PRINCESS & THE FROG on the hugely popular DISNEY SING ALONG with Chloe+Halle.
On the stage, Anika last starred in the title role of CARMEN JONES in John Doyle’s 2019 production at the Classic Stage Company, for which she received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominations.
Anika of course voiced the role of ‘Princess Tiana’ in THE PRINCESS & THE FROG (Disney) - becoming the first African American Disney Princess and the youngest person inducted into the Disney Hall of Fame.
Other credits include portraying ‘Lorell Robinson’ in the film DREAMGIRLS; starring opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in HALF A YELLOW SUN; and many other projects; starring in the Emmy Award Nominated ROOTS as 'Kizzy'; and as a fan favorite as 'Jukebox' in POWER.
Anika has also starred in the HBO series, THE NO.1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY opposite Jill Scott as well as THE GOOD WIFE and also PRIVATE PRACTICE, to name a few.
Notably on stage, Anika received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in CAROLINE, OR CHANGEand a Tony Nomination for Best Featured Actress for her work in Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN alongside Denzel Washington.
Anika hosted Season 3 of the podcast BEING SEEN, an in-depth exploration of culture’s role in resolving the tension between how we are seen and how we see ourselves. Season 3 focused on reducing bias and stigma against Black women and femmes.