Daveed Diggs was born in Oakland, California and raised by his mother, a lawyer and his father, a chef. His parents split when he was young, so Daveed spent summers with his dad in New York City.
Diggs attended Brown University because he was interested in their unique theater program and because he wanted to be close to his family in New York City.
In fact, Daveed Diggs, the actor best known for his role as Jefferson in the musical Hamilton, attended Brown University. A former child prodigy and classically trained dancer, Diggs has won a Tony award and has been nominated for an Emmy award twice. His first major role was as Thomas Jefferson, who he portrays as a rapper in the Broadway musical Hamilton. He also appeared on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as a character named “Dwayne” who was imprisoned for 12 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Actor grew up in San Diego, California where he lived with his mother and sister until he was 8 years old. His father was an Army veteran who died when Daveed was 9 years old which led him to become interested in theater when he became homeschooled after moving to New York City at age 15 to live with his mother again. He attended Hunter College High School where he studied theater performance before going on to study at Brown University.