Tony Award-winning actress Nikki M. James is best known for originating the role of Nabalungi in the hit Broadway musical Book of Mormon. She also recently starred in Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day at the Public Theater. Additionally, James had series regular roles on Braindead and Proven Innocent and recurred on shows including The Good Fight, Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife.
James was born and raised in New Jersey, where she fell in love with the theater at a young age. With the encouragement of her parents, she began her professional career at age 13, appearing in commercials and voice-overs. James attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, earning a BFA in drama. She made her Broadway debut in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, followed by a leading role in House of Flowers for City Center's Encores! Series. A fixture in New York theater: she originated the role of Lorraine in the Broadway production of All Shook Up, perf