Amber Riley - Updated May 2024

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Amber Riley

Amber Riley is a popular actress and singer from the United States. Amber Riley is widely known for playing Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009–2015). Moreover, Riley has also starred in a handful of television programs including ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and ‘The Simpsons’.

Early Life

Amber Riley was born in Los Angeles, California, United States on February 15, 1986. Her full name is Amber Patrice Riley. She is 38 years old (as of 2024) under the zodiac sign Aquarius. Riley holds an American nationality and follows the Christian religion.

Amber Riley

Caption: Amber’s childhood photo source: Pinterest.

Regarding her family background, she is the daughter of Elwin Riley (Father) and Tiny Riley (Mother). Riley was raised along with her two older sisters, Ashley and Toyia. Besides that, additional information about her family background or childhood life is unknown.


Speaking of her educational background, Riley completed her primary education at a local institution in America. After that, she enrolled at La Mirada High School to further her education.

Career and Professional Life

Talking about her career, Riley was given the role of Mercedes Jones in the comedy-drama TV show “Glee” in 2008. For the series, she also performed several solo songs, including “Respect,” “Bust Your Windows,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “I Look to You,” and “Bridge over Troubled Water.”

Then, in 2010, she made an appearance in a “Simpsons” episode. She starred in the off-Broadway production of “Cotton Club Parade” after two years.

Riley participated in the 17th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” a reality dance competition, in 2013. In 2014, she appeared in the musical “Hair” after winning the competition.

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Caption: Amber on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee source: Pinterest.

She performed “Colorblind,” her debut song, live on The Queen Latifah Show that same year. Soon after, in the television movie “My One Christmas Wish,” Amber Riley played Jackie Turner.

Riley was given the role of Effie White in the musical “Dreamgirls” in 2016. Riley made an appearance in a “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” episode that same year. She then made a guest appearance as a judge on “Let It Shine” in 2017.

Along with Cassidy Janson and Beverley Knight, Riley also founded the supergroup “Leading Ladies” in the same year and they put out their debut album, “Songs from the Stage.”

Additionally, she contributed several songs to Todrick Hall’s album “Straight Outta Oz.” She also contributed to the song “Leave a Light On” by the band “The Saturdays.” She released her first, self-titled EP in October 2020.

Amber Riley – Net Worth 2024

Amber Riley has earned a considerable amount of money through her hard work and brilliance. Her estimated net worth is approximately $2 million in 2023.


Riley credits wise stock investments, significant real estate holdings, and lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics for her wealth. She also owns several eateries in Washington (the “Fat Riley Burger” chain), a football team (the “Los Angeles Angels”), and her vodka brand (Pure Wonderiley – US).

Further, she is attempting to break into the juniors market with a popular perfume (With Love from Amber) and clothing line (Amber Riley Seduction).

Awards and Achievements

She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2010. She received numerous honors and awards in 2017 including the Evening Standard Theatre Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, and the WhatsOnStage Award

Personal Life

Regarding her love life, Amber Riley is currently single and unmarried. Previously she was in a relationship with an American actor Kevin McHale.

After being together for a long time their relationship ended in a breakup. After that, Riley started dating Desean Black. The pair engaged in 2020 to further their relationship. However, Riley and Desean split up in 2022.

Body Measurements

Amber Riley is very beautiful and attractive undoubtedly. She has an excellent height of 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm/1.60 m) and weighs around 85 kg (187 lbs). In addition, Riley has a dark brown pair of lovely eyes and black hair color.

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Caption: Amber posing for a photo source: The Curvy Fashionista.

Amber Riley – Social Media

She is active on her Instagram account @msamberpriley with 1.5 million followers. Moreover, she also has 1.1 million followers on Twitter and 498K followers on Facebook.