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Daveed Daniele Diggs was born on 24th January 1982 in Oakland, California, to parents Barbara Diggs (Jewish mother), a social worker, and Dountes Diggs (African-American father), a bus driver. He has a sibling, a brother named Malcolm Diggs. Meanwhile, the inspiration for his name comes from the Hebrew language, where ‘David’ is pronounced as “Daveed,” which means ‘beloved.’
The actor attended Berkeley High School before graduating from Brown University in 2004, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in theatre arts. During his sophomore years, Diggs broke the school record in the 110-meter hurdles with an impressive time of 14.21 seconds. Following his graduation, Daveed began working as a substitute teacher.
Daveed Diggs is starring as Andre Layton in ‘Snowpiercer’ (2020)
Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic thriller that is scheduled to air on WarnerMedia’s TNT in the first half of 2020. The television series is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige created by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. Moreover, it is based on the Boog Joon-ho-directed South Korean-Czech movie Snowpiercer (2013).
As per Deadline,
Diggs will star as Layton Well, a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.
The other notable cast includes Jennifer Connelly (Melanie Cavill), Mickey Sumner (Bess Till), Annalise Basso (LJ Anderson), Alison Wright (Lilah Anderson), Katie McGuinness (Josie McConnell), Susan Park (Jinju), Lena Hall (Sayori), Sheila Vand (Zarah), Sam Otto (John “Oz” Osweiler), Iddo Goldberg (Bennett), Jaylin Fletcher (Miles), Rowan Blanchard (Alexandra), Steven Ogg (Pike), and Sean Bean.
Daveed Diggs’s Career and Net Worth
Daveed Diggs holds an impressive net worth from his successful career.
Source: TV Line
Diggs is a well-renowned actor, rapper, singer, and songwriter. His successful career has helped him amass a sizable net worth.
The actor’s been serving as the vocalist of Hamilton, an experimental hip hop, since 2012. Back in 2015, he originated the characters, Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, in the musical. He subsequently won a Grammy as well as Tony Award.
Upon the conclusion of his Hamilton adventure starring Lin-Manuel Miranda as the title character, in 2016, the rapper began to strive towards acting.
Transition to acting
Daveed had a recurring role in an American sitcom Black-ish (2016-2018), where he played the role of Johan Johnson for ten episodes.
In 2017, the actor starred in the comedy-drama film Wonder, playing the role of Mr. Thomas Browne. A year later, he starred in another comedy-drama film Blindspotting (2018), which he also wrote and produced.
Starred alongside Rafael Casal in ‘Blindspotting’ (2018)
Daveed played the role of Collin Hoskins, a friendly, laid back and likable guy, on the final three days of probation following a felony charge.
Collin’s best friend since childhood in Blindspotting is a short-tempered and reckless guy named Miles, played by Rafael Casal.
Watch: Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal – Easy Come, Easy Go (from the BLINDSPOTTING Motion Picture Soundtrack)
As per IMDb, the plot reads:
While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.
Meanwhile, Diggs’ splendid performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Male Lead.
Recent acting credits and Net Worth
Daveed Diggs’ net worth is estimated to be $750,000.
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In 2019, Daveed starred in the satirical supernatural horror film Velvet Buzzsaw as Damrish, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, who played Morf Vandewalt and Rhodora Haze, respectively.
Diggs later joined the cast of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid for the role of Sebastian. The other notable cast includes Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric in the Disney movie.
Daveed Diggs’ net worth is estimated at $750,000.
Does Daveed Diggs have a wife?
Daveed Diggs is dating girlfriend Jalene Goodwin for several years.
Daveed Diggs is dating his actress girlfriend, Jalene Goodwin, who is from Trinidad. Her social media bio claims she is a singer and an actor. Although it’s unclear when the duo got in a relationship, they are supposedly dating for several years. As a matter of fact, Jalene featured in one of his experimental hip-hop bands, Clipping, back in 2013.
Fans are curious to learn when Daveed embraces Jalene as his wife. Although no wedding date is set yet, it could be on the cards pretty soon. Before the commencement of their married life, however, the likelier scenario is the couple getting engaged. For now, we just have to wait and see further developments in their relationship.
Is Daveed Diggs related to Taye Diggs?
Daveed Diggs and Taye Diggs are NOT brothers!
Source: Celebs In-depth
Taye Diggs is an American actor and singer who is well known for his performances in several Broadway musicals, TV series, and movies. He was previously married to his wife Idina Menzel since 11th January 2003, with whom he shares a son named Walker Nathaniel Diggs, born on 2nd September 2009.
Taye, the co-artistic director of a dance company called Dre.dance, finalized a divorce from his wife on 3rd December 2014.
Fans tend to wonder if Taye Diggs is related to fellow actor Daveed Diggs. The answer is a resounding NO! The two of them are not related in any shape or form, besides the fact they share the same surname and profession.