Adriane Lenox
EducationLambuth University (BA)
Years active1978–present

Adriane Lenox is an American actress, best known for her performances in Broadway theatre. Her performance in the play Doubt: A Parable garnered her the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2005. She received another Tony Award nomination for After Midnight in 2014.

Early life

Lenox, who is from Tennessee, attended Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee and has a degree in drama. She appeared in Ain’t Misbehavin in New York after graduation.[1]



Lenox appeared in Doubt: A Parable on Broadway in 2005 as Mrs. Muller.[2] She won the Tony Award, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, for this performance.[3] Other Broadway appearances include Hattie in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate in 1999,[4] a revue, The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm in 1999, [5]Caroline, or Change in 2004 as standby for "Caroline Thibodeaux",[6] and Chicago as the Matron (Replacement from August 2007 to October 2007).[7] She appeared on Broadway in After Midnight, in 2013, reprising her role in the New York City Center Encores! staged revue Cotton Club Parade.[8]

She has appeared in many Off-Broadway productions, starting with Beehive in 1986 at the Village Gate (Upstairs). She appeared in the "drama with music", Dinah Was in May 1998 to January 1999 at the Gramercy Theatre in the roles of Maye/Waitress/Violet, and won the Obie Award, Performance (1997–1998).[9][10]

Film and television

Lenox had a role in the 2009 film The Blind Side, as Denise Oher.[11] Her other film credits include Black Snake Moan (2006), My Blueberry Nights (2007), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), and The Butler (2013).

On television, Lenox has appeared in episodes of Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Third Watch and Nurse Jackie. She had the recurring roles on Lipstick Jungle, 30 Rock,[12] Damages, Daredevil, The Blacklist, and The Path. She also had a role in the HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey.[13]

Stage Credits


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Ain't Misbehavin' Performer Replacement, Broadway debut
1981 Dreamgirls Lorrell Robinson Replacement/ understudy
1995 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Miss Jones Replacement
1996 Chicago Matron Replacement
1999 The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm Performer Original Broadway production
Kiss Me, Kate Hattie Revival
2004 Caroline, or Change Caroline Thibodeaux Standby
2005 Doubt Mrs. Muller Originated the role
2013 After Midnight Performer Originated the role


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Ain't Misbehavin' Performer 5 First national tour
2006 Doubt Mrs. Muller



Year Title Role
1987 Forever, Lulu Girl in Strip Club
2005 Preaching to the Choir Sister Emma
2006 Griffin & Phoenix Doctor
Black Snake Moan Rose Woods
2007 Where God Left His Shoes Carita
My Blueberry Nights Sandy
Alvin and the Chipmunks Vet
2009 The Blind Side Denise Oher
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Ms. Algar
2011 The Inheritance Felicia
2012 Red Lights Rina
Lola Versus Professor
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You Mother Malone
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Group Home Lady
The Butler Gina
2014 The Skeleton Twins Dr. Linda Essex
Love Is Strange Principal
Affluenza Professor Walker
2017 Crown Heights Grace
2018 It's Time Miss Hattie Winston
2019 21 Bridges Vonetta Davis
2020 Bruised Angel McQueen
2021 The United States vs. Billie Holiday Mrs. Fletcher


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Double Platinum TV movie
Law & Order Myra Warren Episode: "Haven"
2000 Third Watch Mrs. Felder Episode: "Officer Involved"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alva Tate Episode: "Rooftop"
Law & Order Charlene Royal Episode: "3 Dawg Night"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sharon Tassler Episode: "Perfect"
2004 Third Watch Doctor Episode: "Higher Calling"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judy Carlton Episode: "Rockabye"
2007 Shark Mary Draper Episode: "Porn Free"
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Marva Recurring
2009 Royal Pains Hospital Administrator Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Law & Order Dolores Martin Episode: "Four Cops Shot"
Detroit 1-8-7 Eva Gibbons Episode: "Lost Child/Murder 101"
2011–2012 30 Rock Sherry 4 episodes
Damages Angel Auroro 5 episodes
2012 NYC 22 Sheila Gordon Episode: "Turf War"
2014 Unforgettable Rhonda Episode: "Manhunt"
Black Box Ruby Gibson Episode: "Kodachrome"
2014–2017 The Blacklist Reven Wright Recurring
2015 Marvel's Daredevil Doris Urich Recurring
Nurse Jackie Episode: "Jackie and the Wolf"
The Mysteries of Laura Ms. Parker Episode: "The Mystery of the Cure for Loneliness"
2016 Billions Mrs. Sacher Episode: "Boasts and Rails"
2016–2018 The Path Felicia Recurring
2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Barbara Lacks TV movie
Blue Bloods Judge Episode: "The Enemy Of My Enemy"
2018-present Manifest Beverly Recurring role
2019 It's Bruno! Jizzel Recurring role
2020 The Undoing Judge Layla Scott Episode: "Do No Harm"
Ms. Guidance Lillian Barnes Recurring role
2021 Only Murders in the Building Roberta Episode: "How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?"
2021 Law & Order:Special Victims Unit Judge Annette Lewis Episode: "The long arm of the witness"
2022 Julia Virginia Naman Guest

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2005 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Doubt Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
2014 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical After Midnight Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated


  1. ^ Shuler, Deardra. "Adriane Lenox: Without A "Doubt" A Tony Award Winner" Archived December 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, 2006, accessed January 31, 2014
  2. ^ Murray, Matthew. "Broadway Reviews. 'Doubt'", March 31, 2005
  3. ^ Jones, Kenneth. " 'Doubt' Is Best Play, Spamalot Best Musical; Butz, Irwin, Clark, Jones, Nichols Win 2005 Tonys" Archived November 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, June 5, 2005
  4. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. 'Kiss Me Kate'" Archived January 14, 2016, at the Wayback Machine The New York Times, November 19, 1999
  5. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "'The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm' Dances Into Broadway Previews April 2", April 2, 1999
  6. ^ "Internet Broadway Database listing" Archived April 14, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, accessed January 31, 2014
  7. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Kelly Osbourne and Adriane Lenox Step into 'Chicago' on Both Sides of the Atlantic" Archived February 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, July 30, 2007
  8. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Broadway Musical Revue 'After Midnight', Headlined by Fantasia Barrino, Begins Performances Oct. 18" Archived July 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, October 18, 2013
  9. ^ "Lenox Listing" Archived February 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine Internet Off-Broadway Database, accessed January 31, 2014
  10. ^ Lefkowitz, David. " 'Dinah Was' Still Is, and Will Be Again: at Gramercy Theatre, May 28" Archived February 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, May 28, 1998
  11. ^ " 'The Blind Side' Cast" Archived March 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine The New York Times, accessed February 1, 2014
  12. ^ Snetiker, Marc. "Farewell, '30 Rock'! 12 Broadway Stars Who Memorably Guested With Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin" Archived October 24, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, January 31, 2013
  13. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 11, 2016). "Courtney B. Vance, Leslie Uggams, 7 Others Join Oprah Winfrey In HBO's 'Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks'". Retrieved October 23, 2016.