Teyonah Parris ( tee-ON -ə; born September 22, 1987) is an American actress. A graduate of Juilliard School, she began acting in 2010. Her first prominent role was playing secretary Dawn Chambers in the AMC drama series Mad Men (2012–2015) and starring in the 2014 independent film Dear White People. Since then, Parris has appeared in Spike Lee's film Chi-Raq (2015), the drama series Empire (2014) and the drama film If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).In 2021, Parris starred in the horror film Candyman and began portraying Monica Rambeau in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Disney+ series WandaVision.
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