Jayma Suzette Mays was born on July 16, 1979 in Grundy, Virgina. After graduating from Grundy Senior High School in 1997, she attended Radford University where she graduated with a degree in Performing Arts. In 2004, she made her first television appearance on  the sitcom Joey. In 2005, she made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Red Eye. opposite Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy.

She continued to get television and film appearances,most notably as Charlie in Heroes and Charlie on Ugly Betty. In 2007, she starred in Epic Movie, where she met her now-husband Adam Campbell. She is now slated to star in the upcoming FOX musical Glee as Emma Pillsbury.

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