Samira Wiley was born as Samira Denise Wiley on April 15, 1987 in Washington, DC.
Wiley studied theater at the Juilliard School in New York, graduating in 2010. She trained in theater performance and worked primarily in theater early in her career.
Just like her character, Moira, Wiley is openly lesbian. Since September 2014, she is in a relationship with Orange is The New Black writer, Lauren Morelli. The couple became engaged in October 2016.
She is best known for Orange Is the New Black (2013-2019), where she played Poussey Washington. Many other The Handmaid's Tale actresses appeared alongside her, such as Madeline Brewer (Janine) who played Tricia, and Emily Althaus (Noelle) who played Kukudio. She is also known for Nerve (2016) and The Sitter (2011).