Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Birthplace: 
Mobile, Alabama
Birthday: 
May 29

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Acclaimed actress Laverne Cox plays the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in Netflix original series Orange is The New Black. Cox — whose character on Orange is an incarcerated African American, transgender woman — is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. 

A renowned speaker, Cox has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her insights have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, HLN, VH1, Fox News Latino and more.

In 2013 Cox won Best Supporting Actress at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival for her work in the film Musical Chairs, directed by Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan). Her other acting credits include Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Bored to Death, and the independent films Carla and The Exhibitionists.

She is the first trans woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1's TRANSForm Me, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Cox is also the first to appear on an American reality television program, VH1's I Wanna Work for Diddy, for which she accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program.

She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post, one of Out magazine's Out 100 and Metro Source magazine's "55 People We Love."

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

3 Nominations No Emmys

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series - 2019

  • Nominee
  • Laverne Cox, as Sophia Burset
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • "Well This Took A Dark Turn"
  • Netflix
  • Lionsgate Television

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - 2017

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  • Marsai Martin, Tituss Burgess, Anna Chlumsky, Jackie Hoffman, and Laverne Cox are seen at the 2017 Performers Nominee Reception, presented by the Television Academy at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.

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  • Laverne Cox, Tony Hale, Michael Kelly, Matt Walsh, and Lauren Lapkus are seen at the 2017 Performers Nominee Reception, presented by the Television Academy at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.

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  • Laverne Cox and BD Wong present an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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  • Laverne Cox presents an award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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  • Laverne Cox on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys. 

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  • Rachel Brosnahan and Laverne Cox on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Laverne Cox on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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  • Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black arrives at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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  • The nominees attend the Performers nominee reception.

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  • Angela Bassett (l) of American Horror Story: Coven, Danielle Brooks (c) and Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black attend the Performers nominee reception.

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  • Laverne Cox (r) of Orange Is the New Black and Gloria Cox (l) at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy ball.

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  • Laverne Cox at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Natasha Lyonne (l), Uzo Aduba (c) and Laverne Cox (r) of Orange is the New Black at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Presenters Laverne Cox (l) Uzo Aduba (c) and Natasha Lyonne (r) at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Laverne Cox or Orange is the New Black arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • All the "Prime Time Closet" panelists on stage with moderator Stephen Tropiano, center
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  • Panelist Laverne Cox speaks on stage at the "Prime Time Closet" event
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