Moses Ingram
Born1993/1994 (age 26–27)
EducationBaltimore City Community College (AA)
Yale University (MFA)
OccupationActress
Years active2018–present

Moses Ingram (born 1993/1994)[1] is an American actress, best known for her role as Jolene in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit (2020), for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.[2]

Early life and education

Ingram grew up in West Baltimore in a blended family of six children; her mother worked at childcare and her stepfather worked in city operations. At age 10, her mother and a teacher at Windsor Hills Elementary enrolled her in an after-school theater program.[2] She later attended the Baltimore School for the Arts,[2][3] graduating in 2012.[4]

Due to financial limitations, Ingram declined an offer to attend Howard University and enrolled in Baltimore City Community College for 2012. Although Baltimore City did not have a drama program, she was encouraged by her advisor to continue acting and audition for local plays. She also took on multiple part-time jobs and scholarships to fund her schooling. She graduated with an associate degree.[2]

In 2015, she won a regional competition from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and finished fourth in the nationals. The winner of that competition, Jonathan Majors, encouraged her to audition to the Yale School of Drama. She was accepted with scholarship support and enrolled in the fall of 2016.[2] She received a Princess Grace Award in 2018.[5] She graduated with her Master's in June 2019.[2]

Career

A month after commencement, she auditioned in New York City for a role in The Queen's Gambit and landed the role of Jolene, who is Beth's friend from the orphanage in the series.[2][3] For her role, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.[6]

Ingram next appeared in Peter Hedges' ensemble drama The Same Storm[7] and as Lady Macduff in Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth,[8] which premiered at the New York Film Festival in September 2021. She has been cast in Michael Bay's Ambulance,[9] and in the Disney+ Star Wars spin-off miniseries Obi-wan Kenobi. Noting her Emmy nomination and these roles, Variety named her one of ten actors to watch for 2021.[10]

Ingram is slated to be in an upcoming Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody, where she will play Houston's long-time assistant Robyn Crawford.[11]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Candace Charlie short film
2021 The Same Storm Audre Robinson
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Lady Macduff
2022 Ambulance post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2020 The Queen's Gambit Jolene Netflix
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
2022 Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+, filming

Writer

Year Title
2018 Day 74

References

  1. ^ Ray-Harris, Ashley (December 31, 2020). "Moses Ingram Has The Answers To Your The Queen's Gambit Questions". Elle.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Alexander, Keith L. (February 25, 2021). "'Queen's Gambit' actor Moses Ingram's unrelenting journey from West Baltimore to Hollywood". Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Bjornson, Greta (October 26, 2020). "All About Moses Ingram, Jolene from 'The Queen's Gambit' Cast". Decider. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Moses Ingram '12 Talks about Her Time at BSA". March 24, 2021.
  5. ^ "Two Yale students honored with Princess Grace Awards". YaleNews. August 1, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  6. ^ Zornasa, Laura (August 25, 2021). "Moses Ingram Knows You Wanted More of Her in 'The Queen's Gambit'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  7. ^ Hammond, Pete (September 3, 2021). "Peter Hedges On Bringing His Pandemic-Shot Zoom Drama 'The Same Storm' To Telluride Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 15, 2020). "Newcomer Moses Ingram Joins Denzel Washington in Joel Coen's 'Macbeth'". Collider.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 21, 2021). "Garret Dillahunt, A Martinez, Keir O'Donnell & Moses Ingram Join Michael Bay's 'Ambulance'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  10. ^ Riley, Jenelle (September 1, 2021). "Variety Announces 10 Actors to Watch for 2021". Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  11. ^ "'Queen's Gambit' Alum Moses Ingram to Play Robyn Crawford in Whitney Houston Biopic 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' for Sony and TriStar".