British-Nigerian Actress Deborah Ayorinde to Star In Amazon Anthology Series from Lena Waithe
Deborah Ayorinde (Luke Cage) and Ashley Thomas (Salvation) are set to headline Them: Covenant, the first season of the anthology horror series from executive producer Lena Waithe and writer and executive producer Little Marvin. The project, from Vertigo Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, has a two-season straight-to-series order.
Written by Little Marvin, the 1953-set Them: Covenant centers on Alfred and Lucky Emory (Ayorinde and Thomas), who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighbourhood. The family’s home on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
Little Marvin executive produces with Waithe, along with Roy Lee, Miri Yoon and Michael Connolly of Vertigo Entertainment. David Matthews as executive producer and showrunner. Sony Pictures TV, which has a deal with Vertigo, is the studio.
Ayorinde, who also did an arc on HBO’s True Detective and is filming the feature Harriet and Fatherhood, is repped by Untitled Entertainment, CESD and GTRB.
Thomas, who recently wrapped the Netflix series Top Boy and also starred on Fox’s 24: Legacy, executive produced by Drake, is repped by ICM Partners and Independent in the UK.
Deborah Ayorinde was born in London, England. At age seven, she performed in her first play with a drama school in the Forest Gate area of London. It was there that she developed a passion for the arts. When she was eight years old, she relocated with her family to San Jose, California. She continued to develop her talents by participating in talent shows and contests, performing with dance teams, cheerleading teams, and choirs, and continuously training. In May of 2009, she graduated with honors from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production. During her matriculation at Howard, she won the coveted Paul Robeson Best Actress award for her performance in a short film she wrote and directed (The film also won the award for Best Cinematography). Her credits include, but are not limited to, Barbershop 3, Game of Silence (NBC), The Game (BET), and Necessary Roughness (USA). She has also appeared in various print ads and commercials. In addition to acting and modelling, Ayorinde is also passionate about directing and writing and owns an online boutique.
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