Amber Riley at the Internet Movie Database Amber Patrice Riley (born February 15, 1986) is an American actress and singer best known for her role on the series Glee as Mercedes Jones. Riley plays the role of Mercedes Jones on the hit musical comedy-drama Glee. A member of the main cast, she has appeared since the show’s pilot, which debuted in May 2009. She has sung numerous solos, including “Respect”, “Bust Your Windows”, “Hate on Me”, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, “Beautiful”, “Bridge over Troubled Water”, “I Look to You”, “Hell to the No”, “Ain’t No Way”, “Try a Little Tenderness”, “Spotlight”, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and, three days after Whitney Houston’s death, a tribute version of “I Will Always Love You”. Her character gets through her schooldays with her “diva-style”, stylish clothes, and has a friendship with the only openly gay boy in school, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer). In 2011, Riley received an NAACP Image Award nomination for her portrayal of Mercedes; she has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her acting on Glee, along with the show’s ensemble, and has also been nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her acting on the show. Her mother was a member of the choir in the song “Like a Prayer”—Mercedes dances with her—during the first season episode “The Power of Madonna”.
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