Usman Ally is an Obie Award winning actor.
He was born and raised in Southern and Eastern Africa, and moved to the United States in 2000. He holds an MFA Magna Cum Laude in Acting from the University of Florida.
Usman lives in Los Angeles but also spends time in Chicago and New York, and his acting work has taken him to much of the United States.
On television Usman can be seen as a recurring character opposite Tea Leoni on the hit CBS show, Madam Secretary. He is also well known for his recurring character opposite Glenn Close and Rose Byrne in Season 4 of the critically acclaimed series, Damages. Other television credits include Guest Starring roles on Castle, Boss, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Player, Chicago Code and Mind Games. His film credits include Star Trek Into Darkness, Misled, Just Like a Woman and Contagion.
Usman is a decorated theatre actor and has performed at some of the most reputable theatres around the country. He is most known for originating several lead roles in award winning plays. These include ‘Bagheera’ in Disney’s Jungle Book (IRNE Award for Best Actor in a Musical), ‘Amir’ in Disgraced (Jeff Nomination Best Actor), and ‘VP’ in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Top 10 Performances of the year). He most recently appeared as “Bashir” in The Invisible Hand at New York Theatre Workshop, a role that garnered him a Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best Actor, A Drama League Nomination for Best Actor, and an Obie Award for Outstanding Performance.
He has been featured and interviewed in The New York Times Arts & Leisure Section, The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC/NPR, The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ, Chicago Magazine, KTLA Morning Show, TimeOut Chicago (Performer of the Week) and TDF.org.
Usman is a recipient of the Fox Foundation Grant for Actors of Extraordinary Potential (2010) and is currently writing his first full length play due to be workshopped in New York City.