Welcome to the age of Ayo Edebiri

On the heels of two major award wins, get to know the Dorchester actress and writer.

A picture of actress Ayo Edebiri, wearing a red vest and holding a mellet, looks through a hole in a kitchen wall.

Raised in Dorchester, the actress has been a favorite character on FX’s dramedy “The Bear” since 2022.

Photo courtesy of FX/HULU

She’s a Golden Globe + Emmy winner, a “Time100 Next” honoree, a TV star — and a Bostonian.

In Hollywood, writer and actress Ayo Edebiri tells the story of dynamic characters like Sydney Adamu in “The Bear.” Yet her own story starts in Dorchester.

Check out these fast facts about Edebiri’s formative years.

  • Edebiri attended both St. Margaret School and Boston Latin School, where she joined the Yellow Submarine Improv Troupe.
  • She graduated from New York University with a degree in dramatic writing — a handy skill when writing for “Big Mouth” and “What We Do In The Shadows.” (Bonus: Look for her voicing Missy in “Big Mouth” starting at the end of Season 4.)
  • “Dickinson” later tapped Edebiri for her writing and acting chops. Her roles with the Apple TV+ program grabbed the attention of screenwriter + director Christopher Storer — who just so happened to be casting for his show “The Bear.”

Tune in to watch Edebiri debut as a “Saturday Night Live” host this Saturday, Feb. 3.

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