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Chantel Riley is a Canadian-Jamaican singer, songwriter and actress, known for her lead role as “Trudy Clarke” in the new Canadian hit series, Frankie Drake Mysteries. She starred as “Angela Cooke” alongside Suits veteran Gina Torres in the Suits spin off series Pearson.

Chantel kicked off her acting career after attending an open call in Toronto. She landed her first gig playing “Nala” in Disney’s The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany. For this, her first major role, she learned the entire play and lyrics in German. After a successful one year run, Chantel returned home to Toronto and was immediately offered an opportunity to play this role on Broadway. In the summer of 2012, she made her debut in New York City and spent four years bringing this well-loved character to life. While performing on Broadway, Chantel also  landed her first film role playing “Quincella Nickerson” in the critically acclaimed Jesse Owens biopic, Race.

Chantel Riley, photographed by Badmantej.

Chantel is known for her recurring role on the SciFi series, Wynonna Earp, and appears as “Layla Hassan” in the Assassin’s Creed Origins video game. She is recording new music for a new EP. Chantel Riley has made live TV appearances on Good Morning America, The Chew, and Home Shopping Network singing songs from Disney’s The Lion King.

Chantel is actively working with several charities in the US and Africa such as The Khan Foundation in Nigeria dedicated to building schools impoverished neighbourhoods such as Makoko.

Feature image and video shot by Badmantej.

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