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
Twitter: MsAmberPRiley

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!

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