Oluniké Adeliyi (born January 5, 1977) is a Canadian actress. She appeared in the 2010 horror film Saw 3D and guest starred as Leah Kerns in the television series Flashpoint. Adeliyi was born in Brampton, Ontario, of Jamaican–Nigerian descent. She frequently visited Brooklyn, New York to pursue acting. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, performing in local theater, before returning to Toronto in 2008. Adeliyi began acting when she was cast as the Artful Dodger in her middle school play Oliver Twist. After graduating high school, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has since performed in theatres throughout Canada and the U.S. playing leading roles in Blue Window, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Children’s Hour, Jitney, and Michael Cristofer‘s play The Shadow Box.
One of her earliest film roles was an uncredited bit part in the film John Q; on set, she met Denzel Washington, who she claims “inspired” her to continue pursuing acting. In 2009 she starred as the lead in the AfriCan Theatre Ensemble production of Efua Sutherland‘s The Marriage of Anansewa. Also that year, she starred in the Canadian TV series Flashpoint. She was nominated for Best Performance by a Female – Film at the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards for her performance in French Immersion.
In 2014, Adeliyi was dubbed “Shakespeare’s First Jamaican-Nigerian Lady MacBeth” when she played the role at the Sterling Theatre in Toronto. As of 2017, Adeliyi stars on the CBC series Workin’ Moms. In 2018 she received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards, for her role in the film Boost.
OLUNIKE ADELIYI WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE AT THE “INSPIRE NEXT” SEGMENT AT THE ETHNIK FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE.