Date of Birth : Jan 1st 1970
American actress who made her acting debut in the role of ‘Precious’ in the 2009 film Precious. Sidibe was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Harlem. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an R&B and gospel singer, and her Senegal-born father. She has attended several New York City area colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.
In Precious, Sidibe plays the title character, a physically and sexually abused sixteen-year old, with a four year old child, who was sired by her own father. The film won numerous awards, including the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award. She has finished shooting her next film, Yelling to the Sky, a Sundance Lab project directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Zoe Kravitz, in which she plays a bully.
On December 8, 2009, she appeared on the Jay Leno Show to promote Precious. Her “Earn Your Plug” challenge was to answer trivia about ‘N Sync with the help of surprise guest Lance Bass from the band. A week later, on December 15, she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Precious.