Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe

Date of Birth

Birthday: May 17
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Lena Waithe is an American actress, producer, and screenwriter, best known for her role as Denise on the 2015 Netflix series Master of None. Waithe made history at the 2017 Emmys when she won an award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Master of None, becoming the first black woman to do so. The "Thanksgiving" episode for which she won the Emmy was partially based on her personal experience coming out to her mother. She is the creative force behind the Showtime series The Chi.

Lena Waithe is an American actress, producer, and screenwriter, best known for her role as Denise on the 2015 Netflix series Master of None. Waithe made history at the 2017 Emmys when she won an award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Master of None, becoming the first black woman to do so. The "Thanksgiving" episode for which she won the Emmy was partially based on her personal experience coming out to her mother. She is the creative force behind the Showtime series The Chi.

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Awards & Nominations

1 Nomination | 1 Emmy
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - 2017
  • Winner
  • Lena Waithe, Written by
  • Master Of None
  • "Thanksgiving"
  • Netflix
  • Universal Television, Oh Brudder Productions, Alan Yang Productions, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment
Lena Waithe speaks at the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Lena Waithe
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe accept their award on stage at the 69th Primetime Emmys
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe accept an award at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
Alana Mayo and Lena Waithe on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Lena Waithe speaks at the 72nd Emmy Awards.
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Lena Waithe speaks at the 72nd Emmy Awards.

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Lena Waithe with her Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None.

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Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe accept their award on stage at the 69th Primetime Emmys
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Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe accept their award on stage at the 69th Primetime Emmys.

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Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe accept an award at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe accept an award at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.

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Alana Mayo and Lena Waithe on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Alana Mayo and Lena Waithe on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys. 

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