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Know the Cast: ‘Queens’

Queens Soundtrack - Every Song in the ABC Series

The Queens cast features Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez. This info article contains minor spoilers for Zahir McGhee’s ABC series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

Queens follows the members of a late 90s hip-hop group. In the present, the “Nasty Bitches” reunite and contemplate professional opportunities while reflecting about the past. Two of the protagonists remain relatively humble and secure, while the other two struggle with their identities. Here’s a breakdown of the main players in Queens.

Queens Cast: Eve Cooper as Brianna

Queens Cast on ABC - Eve Cooper as Brianna

Character Profile: A Woodland Hills native and mother of five kids. In 1999, she was known as “Professor Sex.” Brianna’s humble lifestyle contrasts with her former pop culture persona.

Cooper’s Resume: A Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist — Also, Terri Jones in Barbershop (2002), J.H. in xXx (2002), Shelley Williams in Eve (2003-06), Mary-Kay in The Woodsman (2004)

Queens Cast: Brandy Norwood as Naomi

Queens Cast on ABC - Brandy Norwood as Naomi

Character Profile: A Nashville native. She has an estranged daughter named Jojo. Naomi, aka “Xplicit Lyrics,” contemplates a relationship with her former manager.

Brandy’s Resume: A Grammy Award-Winning R&B Musician — Also, Moesha Mitchell in Moesha (1996-2001), Karla Wilson in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Chardonnay in The Game (2012-15), Cassie Brown in Star (2018-19)

Queens Cast: Naturi Naughton as Jill

Queens Cast on ABC - Naturi Naughton as Jill

Character Profile: A Billings, Montana native. She is married to a man named Darren but carries on a relationship with a woman named Tina. Jill comes out to her Nasty Bitches bandmates.

Naughton’s Resume: A Former Member of the R&B Group 3LW – Also, Lil’ Kim in Notorious (2009), Denise Dupree in Fame (2009), Stacie in Lottery Ticket (2010), Tasha St. Patrick in Power (2014-20)

Queens Cast: Nadine Velazquez as Valeria

Queens Cast on ABC - Nadine Velazquez as Valeria

Character Profile: An original member of the Nasty Bitches. She loses her hosting gig at the TV show “Shade.” Valeria was abandoned by her father as a child.

Velazquez’s Resume: Catalina in My Name Is Earl (2005-09), Sofia in The League (2009-15), Katerina Marquez in Flight (2012), Emma Rios in Major Crimes (2013-17), Jackie Ortiz in Six (2017-18)

Queens Cast: Taylor Selé as Eric Jones

Queens Cast on ABC - Taylor Selé as Eric Jones

Character Profile: The Nasty Bitches’ former manager. He’s a married man who flirts with Naomi.

Selé’s Resume: Renton Lowry in The Deuce (2018), Big Earl Ison in Godfather of Harlem (2019), Chris Black in When They See Us (2019), Coach in P-Valley (2020), D’Andre Lewis in High Maintenance (2020)

Queens Cast: Pepi Sonuga as Lauren Rice

Queens Cast on ABC - Pepi Sonuga as Lauren Rice

Character Profile: A pop star known as Lil Muffin. In the pilot episode, she joins the Nasty Bitches for a world tour.

Sonuga’s Resume: Lacey Emery in Ash vs Evil Dead (2016), Sally Benton in The Fosters (2016), Tangey Turner in Famous in Love (2017-18), Emerald Beauty in Under the Silver Lake (2018), Misty in Into the Dark (2020)

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The Queens cast also includes Precious Way (Days of Our Lives), Emerson Brooks (All My Children, The Last Ship) and Felisha Terrell (Tell Me a Story, The Tomorrow War).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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