Glee character: Mercedes Jones
Full name: Amber Patrice Riley
Date of birth: February 15, 1986
Hometown: La Mirada, California
Currently residing in: Long Beach, California
Education: La Mirada High School
Amber got her first break when Glee creator Ryan Murphy cast her in the WB pilot St. Sass, starring Delta Burke. What was the WB trying to tell us — that people aren't as interested in Designing Women star Burke as they once were? For shame! Although St. Sass wasn't picked up, she managed to land a role on the television series Cedric the Entertainer Presents. Of course, that show only aired twelve episodes before it was canceled. Sheesh! A girl can't catch a break? Amber also has stage experience with the Los Angeles Opera, having performed in productions of Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Into the Woods, and Mystery on the Docks. (Speaking of Alice, is it just us, or would Cedric the Entertainer be great as Tweedle-Dee or Tweedle Dum?) And how many more roles does Amber Riley need before she has earned a nickname like "Amber the Entertainer?" We're thinking not many.
Random factoid: She auditioned for American Idol when she was 17, but producers turned her down. Jeez, guys, way to recognize the real talent!