Adrienne Warren was born on May 6, 1987 in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She is a Tony and Olivier Award-nominated actress, best known for originating the role of Tina Turner in London's West End and on Broadway.
She studied at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating in 2009, and began her professional career performing in such groups as The Dream Engine and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She made her New York stage debut in the 2009 Encores! production of The Wiz at New York City Center, before being cast as Lorell Robinson in the national tour of the hit musical Dreamgirls from November 2009 through December 2010. She booked her next national tour in 2011, originating the role of Danielle in Bring It On: The Musical, which would lead to her Broadway debut. She reprised the role in the Broadway premiere at the St. James Theatre from July through December 2012.
Warren would return to Broadway in March 2016 to take on the roles of Gertrude Saunders and Florence Mills opposite an all-star cast that included Audra McDonald, Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry in Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed at the Music Box Theatre. Although the production closed shortly afterward, in July 2016, the show earned Warren her first Tony Award nomination.
Warren's stage career shot to superstardom after she was cast in the world premiere of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at London's Aldwych Theatre. She originated the role of Tina Turner, working closely with the lady herself, and remained with the West End production from March 2018 through April 2019, earning her first Olivier Award nomination for her widely acclaimed performance.
On screen, Warren has guest starred in such popular American TV series as CBS's Blue Bloods and Netflix's Orange Is the New Black in 2013, ABC's Black Box in 2014, USA Network's Royal Pains in 2016, and ABC's Quantico in 2017.
She reprises her Olivier-nominated turn as Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway.