Amber Riley was born on the 15th of February 1986, and she has a mononym of Riley. She works as an American author, actress, singer, and activist, most prominent for her performance as Mercedes Jones on Glee. She has won a Screen Actors Guild for her work on the Fox comedy-drama and has been nominated for three NAACP image awards, three teen choices, and a Grammy Award. She led the west end breakout of Dreamgirls in November 2016, and she played the starring role of Effie White. Her fantastic performance leads her to a Best Actress in Musical award from Laurence Oliver.