The Performing Arts is a remarkable form of art for many reasons, one of which is the low barrier of age entry. The medium has given a chance to several young people, including children, who have taken advantage of the art form to express themselves creatively. One person who has been certainly successful at this is Riele Downs, a Canadian born actress who started her career at the age of three.
Since Riele started life as an actress, she has gone on to appear in several movies and TV shows, all of which have transformed her into a national and globally recognized personality.
Who is Riele Downs?
Miss Downs, who was born Riele West Downs, was welcomed into the world on the 8th of July 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Nothing is known about her father but her mother, on the other hand, has been identified as Elle Downs. It is believed that her parents separated a long time ago and the young girl was raised alongside her elder sister Reiya.
As a child, Riele Downs began to show an interest in acting. That interest quickly turned into a career when she was three years old. With the support of her mother and the rest of her family, she made her debut appearance in My Baby’s Daddy, as Mocha Latte.
Aside from a thriving life as an actress, Ms. Downs is also a trained gymnast and artist. She is also a social media personality with a huge following across Twitter, Instagram, and the short video platform TikTok.
Right now, Riele Downs is focused on making an impact as an actress but do not be surprised if you find her with a significant footprint in fashion designing. Riele has an eye on becoming a fashion designer and has already designed and worn some of her works. She notably made the designs for her wardrobe for the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and the Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA).
As for her education, an active acting career has kept her from having the traditional high school experience. Still, with provisions made on the set of her various projects, Riele Downs is a high school graduate with plans to further her education in the future.
What Role Made Her Famous?
Ever since she made her debut as an actress in 2004, Riele Downs has made several appearances in various shows and films. Some of her works include Rookie Blue, Four Brothers, ReGenesis, and a few others.
However, despite having accumulated up to ten credits to her name, Riele did not hit national and international fame until she starred as Faith in the 2013 hit movie, The Best Man Holiday. In the film, she plays the daughter of Lance Sullivan (Morris Chestnut) and Mia Sullivan (Monica Calhoun).
Having gained recognition for her role in the film, Riele further cemented her position as a notable actress in the following year by getting cast as Charlotte Page in the Nickelodeon TV show, Henry Danger. She has been appearing on the show since then, featuring in more than 100 episodes. As a result, she has become a recognizable face to millions of fans of the show, particularly children and young adults.
During her time on Henry Danger, Riele Downs expanded her filmography with appearances in other works like Tiny Christmas, The Adventures of Kid Danger, and several others. She has also earned recognition for her performance in the TV movie The Gabby Douglas Story.
Other Famous Members of her Family
The passion and love for acting that Riele Downs has can be traced back to her mother Elle who is best known for portraying the character of Mrs. Powers in Degrassi: Next Class. She has further appeared in other projects like Godsend alongside Robert DeNiro, Monk, and 1-800-MISSING.
Elle and Riele are not the only members of the family to have also appeared in front of the camera. Reiya, Riele’s older sister, is equally an actress with a number of acting credits to her name. She has appeared in the Degrassi series as well as its spin-offs. Other shows and films she has further had a role in include Time Tremors, Spring, Nikita, and several others.
The two sisters have made joint appearances in works like ReGenesis and Four Brothers.