Samira Denise Wiley is an American actress and model best known for playing inmate Poussey Washington in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.

She portrays Azhar in the film adaptation of Nerve.

Personal Life



She most recently starred in the Off Broadway play “Daphne’s Dive,” from the director of “Hamilton.”


Poussey Washington

Wiley as Poussey Washington from Orange Is the New Black.

Wiley is best known for her SAG Award®- winning performance as inmate Poussey Washington on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” Television appearances include “The Catch,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Person of Interest” and a recurring role on “Unforgettable.”


Wiley’s upcoming projects include the independent feature 37. Her past film projects include Rob the Mob, Being Flynn and The Sitter.


Voice Work



Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Sitter Tina
2012 Being Flynn Asha
2014 Rob the Mob Agent Annie Bell
2016 Nerve Azhar


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Unforgettable Gina 2 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Triage Nurse Episode: "Many Happy Returns"
2013-2016 Orange Is the New Black Poussey Washington 50 episodes, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Michelle Episode: "Perverted Justice"
2016 The Catch Captain Nia Brooks Episode: "The Benefactor"
2016 You're the Worst Justina Jordan 5 episodes
2017-present The Handmaid's Tale Moira 7 episodes

Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


  • Wiley is a graduate of The Julliard School.


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