Emayatzy Evett Corinealdi is an American actress best known for her role as Ruby in Middle of Nowhere.


Corinealdi was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, on January 14, 1980, of Panamanian, African-American, and Italian descent. A member of a military family, she was raised in a number of places, including locations in the states of New Jersey, Germany, Kansas, and Ohio. She first studied in New Jersey at the Actor's Training Studio, then continued her studies at the William Esper Studio in New York, before moving to Playhouse West. Sometime after graduation, Corinealdi started her acting career in 2000 with a role in the short film Mortality and another in the 2003 film Pretty Lady.

Corinealdi eventually acquired more credits in her career, landing a recurring role on the CBS daytime soap-opera The Young and the Restless and appearing in the made-for-TV Hallmark film The Nanny Express. In 2012, she made her feature film debut in the drama Middle of Nowhere. For her performance, Corinealdi won the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival Star Project, an award from an international acting competition for emerging multicultural artists. She also won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

On Criminal MindsEdit

Corinealdi portrayed Ellen Samsen, the sister of abduction victim and accomplice Daria Samsen, in the Season Nine episode The Edge of Winter.


  • Miles Ahead (2015) as Francis Taylor
  • Hand of God (2014-2015) as Tessie Graham (10 episodes)
  • The Invitation (2015) as Kira
  • Addicted (2014) as Brina
  • In The Morning (2014) as Cadence
  • Teacher in a Box (2014) as Ms. Tandon (short)
  • Criminal Minds - The Edge of Winter (2014) TV episode - Ellen Samsen
  • Lu (2013) as Martha (short)
  • The Door (2013) as V (short)
  • The Silent Treatment (2012) as Loretta (short)
  • Middle of Nowhere (2012) as Ruby
  • Gun Hill (2011) as Janelle Evans
  • It Looks Just Like You (2010) as Unknown Character (short)
  • Romantically Challenged (2010) as Tiffany
  • The Chase (2009) as Trisha (short)
  • After the Storm (2009) as Patrice (short)
  • Think Twice (2009) as Najah (short)
  • The Nanny Express (2008) as Lorraine
  • Natural Beauty (2008) as Virginia (short)
  • Wednesday Again (2008) as Roberta
  • Demons (2007) as Girl
  • Katrina (2007) as Katrina
  • The Young and the Restless (2007) as Nurse Susan Mehta (4 episodes)
  • Alton & Kenya's Outrageous Wedding (2007) as Grace Ingrahm
  • Akira's Hip Hop Shop (2007) as Daphne (short)
  • Finding the Boom-Bap (2006) as Beauty (short)
  • My American Nurse (2006) as Unknown Character
  • Beauty Shop (2005) as Client of Ida (uncredited)
  • Vampz (2004) as Eve (video)
  • A Taste of Us (2004) as Audrey Thomas (short)
  • Pretty Lady (2003) as Azizi
  • Mortality (2000) as Unknown Character (short)


For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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