Rudolph, an Emmy Award-nominated actress, is most widely known for her turn on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," where she was one of the show's regular players for more than seven years, as well as her various television projects and film appearances. Since her debut on "SNL" in 2000, Rudolph's memorable portrayals include Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace and Beyoncé, as well as such recurring sketches as "Wake Up Wakefield" and "Bronx Beat."
Rudolph was most recently seen in the hit comedy movie "Sisters," opposite her former "SNL" co-stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Rudolph will next lend her voice to the animated film "The Angry Birds Movie," to be released on May 20.
Rudolph created and starred on her well-received comic-variety show special "The Maya Rudolph Show," which aired on NBC in 2014. The special was executive produced by Lorne Michaels.
Rudolph also appeared in "The Spoils Before Dying," opposite Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, in 2015 and Disney's animated feature "Big Hero 6," which was released in 2014. She co-starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's crime-drama "Inherent Vice," featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson, which was released in 2014.
Rudolph previously starred in the critically acclaimed "The Way Way Back," which received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to be nominated for various awards and grossed $22 million at the domestic box office. On the small screen, Rudolph recently starred as Ava on the NBC comedy "Up All Night."
As a master in the art of comedy, Rudolph starred in Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," alongside Kristen Wiig, which grossed nearly $300 million in worldwide box office and was nominated for many awards.
Rudolph has recently teamed up with musician Gretchen Lieberum to form the female-fronted Prince cover band "Princess." In tribute to His Purple Majesty, the duo became an immediate Internet success when they performed "Darling Nikki" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Since then, the band has continued performing hit after hit as Prince fans everywhere have tuned in, praising their pristine mimicry of the artist.
Rudolph has lent her voice to films such as "Zookeeper" and "Shrek the Third," and has also appeared in "Friends With Kids," Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" and Miguel Arteta's "Chuck & Buck."
In 2009, Rudolph earned rave reviews for her performance opposite John Krasinski in the comedic and heartfelt film "Away We Go," directed by Sam Mendes.