Amber Patrice Riley
Los Angeles, California, USA
Amber completed her schooling from La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California in 2004.
Actress, singer, songwriter
- Father – Elwin Riley
- Mother – Tiny (née Hightower) Riley
In December 2012, Amber signed herself with Scooter Braun to manage her work.
Pop, pop / rock
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
85 kg or 187 pounds
Boyfriend / Spouse
Amber Riley dated –
- Kevin McHale – American actor, and Amber’s Glee co-star, Kevin McHale (approx 2 years younger than Amber) dated Amber in the past.
Race / Ethnicity
She has African American ancestry.
Very large build
41-35-38 in or 104-89-96.5 cm
Amber has served as the spokesperson for Do Something and VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s second annual “Battle for the Bands”.
Best Known For
Portraying Mercedes Jones on the teen musical comedy-drama TV series Glee (2009-).
She is also known for winning the season 17 of Dancing with the Stars.
As a Singer
Amber is a part of the Glee soundtrack compilation albums, soundtracks, and others since 2009 (when the series started).
Amber debuted with 2011 American 3-D concert film Glee: The 3D Concert Movie for her role as Mercedes Jones.
Though, she has appeared in a TV movie before this.
First TV Show
Riley first appeared in 2009 in Fox’s teen musical comedy-drama television series Glee as Mercedes Jones. From season 1 until season 4, she was a series regular.
Now, from season 5, she is a recurring guest star. She also won an award for her performance in this series in 2010.
In 2013, Amber had dropped a noticeable amount of weight. She stopped having burgers, and other fast food, which was having a negative impact on her health as well as weight.
Moreover, she was declared the winner of season 17 of Dancing with the Stars in late 2013. So, the win does not come easy. She did prepare for the contest a lot and as a result, in addition to winning the contest, she also lost a couple of pounds. So, a total win-win situation for her.
Amber Riley Facts
- She has a pet named Chewie.
- She also auditioned for American Idol, when she was 17 years old. But, she was not accepted to move to the next round at that time.
- She is the winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 17. Amber was partnered with choreographer Derek Hough. At that time, he was the only 5 time champion of this show.
- During her school time, her drama teacher was Mrs. Erin Strauss.
- Amber is also known for being a prankster in the Glee cast.
- Riley is obsessed with shoes.
- Amber received the highest average score in the “Dancing with the Stars” in season 17, compared to all the partners of Derek Hough in the history of the show.