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Amber Riley

Occupation: Actor, Singer

Nationality: American

Born: February 15, 1986 (28)

Amber Riley shot to fame on Fox musical comedy-drama Glee, playing Mercedes Jones. Riley, who previously auditioned for American Idol's season season, has been honoured with a Screen Actors Guild trophy and three NAACP Image Award nominations for her portrayal of Mercedes.

She will dance alongside reigning champion Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars.
Her performance features on Glee's 100th episode tomorrow night (March 18). Listen to Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Happy' cover Gossip Girl actor will play Quinn Fabray's (Dianna Agron) boyfriend in the show. Chace Crawford for Glee's 100th episode He suggests that he may take on a theatrical role rather than staying in TV. Morrison: 'Glee end is bittersweet' Harry Shum Jr and Heather Morris have also signed up, confirms Ryan Murphy. Glee stars to return for 100th episode Bill Engvall also says professional partner Emma Slater will always be a friend. Bill Engvall: 'DWTS best ever' Find out if Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley or Jack Osbourne won Dancing with the Stars. 'Dancing with the Stars' winner revealed Kathy Griffin is hosting and Jane Lynch is being honoured at the gala. 'Glee' Lambert, Colfer for benefit show Lea Michele will perform a rendition of 'Make You Feel My Love' in the episode. 'Glee': Monteith tribute songs revealed Professional dancer will stand in for head judge Len Goodman this Monday (Septemb7). Julianne Hough to guest judge 'DWTS' Amber Riley praises her partner Derek Hough for his positive attitude. 'DWTS' Amber Riley on confidence boost Find out more about the 12 famous faces competing in the ABC show this year. 'DWTS': Who are the new cast? Have your say on your early favourites in the Dancing with the Stars cast. DWTS cast unveiled: Who are you backing? Glee star Amber Riley and football player Keyshawn Johnson will also compete. 'Dancing with the Stars' cast unveiled Kelly Rowland and Glee's Amber Riley are also appearing in premiere week. Cowell for Ellen DeGeneres premiere week Jayma Mays says she "would love" to return as guest after Glee exit. Jayma Mays confirms 'Glee' departure Glee actress says castmembers leaving high school-set show is realistic. Jane Lynch: 'Glee is evolving' Lynch claims that Glee provides "a realistic view of high school". 'Glee' Jane Lynch on cast departures Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist and Becca Tobin will be series regulars from season five. 'Glee' stars to become series regulars Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Amber Riley and Harry Shum Jr may be guest stars. 'Glee': 4 originals not back as regulars The singer performed 'Firework' as part of her set at the show. Katy Perry performs at Inaugural Concert Enter Digital Spy's competition to win all three Glee seasons. Win: 'Glee' Seasons 1, 2 and 3 Amber Riley is not sure what Glee has in store for her character. Amber Riley on 'Glee's Britney episode Overstreet's character to become series regular during season four of Fox series. Overstreet to become 'Glee' regular Actor tipped to receive a bigger story arc in fourth season of Fox show. Overstreet to become 'Glee' regular? Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer will appear in Oxygen's The Glee Project as mentors. Lynch, Colfer to mentor 'Glee Project' Footage is unearthed of Rivera taking part in a pole-dancing contest prior to stardom. Glee Rivera entered pole-dancing contest Naya Rivera (Santana) and Mark Salling (Puck) are also rumoured to be leaving. 'Glee' Amber Riley hints again at exit? Riley sparks rumours by tweeting after filming that she has "closed a chapter". Glee Amber Riley hints at quitting show? Glee actress responds to her red carpet collapse. Amber Riley denies pregnancy rumours She later thanks photographers for not taking any snaps. 'Glee' Amber Riley collapses on red carpet Footage from Glee's Whitney Houston tribute episode is released. 'Glee' cast perform Whitney - video Tube Talk addresses more of your TV quibbles and queries. 'Glee', 'Episodes', more: Tube Talk Q&A The glee club takes on disco-themed songs in this week's episode. 'Glee': 'Saturday Night Glee-ver' recap We take a look at the songs of the Glee finale and what they could mean. 'Glee' finale predictions The special episode of Glee is expected to include eight Whitney Houston songs. 'Glee' to air Whitney Houston tribute Cast members join ranks of the highest-selling digital artists of all time. 'Glee' hits digital download milestone Glee actress reveals she has dropped two dress sizes after severe stomach pains. 'Glee' Amber Riley drops two dress size Read our recap of the winter finale of Glee, 'On My Way'. 'Glee': 'On My Way' recap Take a look at a photo of the female Glee stars in a tribute to Bridesmaids. 'Glee': The cast do 'Bridesmaids' - photo Take a look at some photos from the winter finale of Glee, 'On My Way'. 'Glee': 'On My Way' in pictures