Who is Taye Diggs?

Taye Diggs is an American actor and singer who is well-known for the portrayal of Inspector Terry English in the 2014 American crime drama television series, ‘Murder in the First’. He has also starred in movies like ‘House on Haunted Hill’ as Eddie Baker in 1999 for which he won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award and ‘Chicago’ as The Bandleader for which he won the Best Cast award along with the movie cast.

Quick Info 
Full NameScott Leo "Taye" Diggs
Date of BirthJanuary 2, 1971
Birth PlaceNewark, New Jersey, United States
ParentsMarcia Berry
Andre Young
ProfessionActor, Singer
SpouseIdina Menzel (2003-2014)
Age49 years
Height5 ft 10 in
Net WorthUS $14 million

Taye Diggs



Taye Diggs’ full name is Scott Leo ‘Taye’ Diggs. He was born on 2 January, 1971 in Newark, New Jersey to mother, Marcia Berry who was a teacher and an actress and to father, Andre Young who is a visual artist. His parents separated, his mother married Jeffries Diggs, got raised in Rochester, New York alongside two brothers, Gabriel and Michael and two sisters, Christian and Shalom. He goes by his nickname Taye which was derived from the playful pronunciation of his name ‘Scottay’. Besides this, he is currently 49 years old with the zodiac sign of Capricorn.


Nationality and Physical Stats

Taye Diggs holds an American nationality and belongs to African-American descent. He is a devoted Christian and practices Christianity as his religion. Besides this, he stands in at a height of 5 feet and 10 inches (1.78m/178cms) tall and weighs around 83kgs (182lbs) with a slim body figure with a pair of dark brown colored eyes and black hair color.



Taye Diggs studied in the Allendale Columbia School situated in Rochester. For high-school studies, he studied in the School of the Arts (SOTA) situated in Rochester and for further studies, he enrolled in the Syracuse University from where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater.

Taye Diggs

Personal Life

Taye Diggs got married to Idina Menzel, an American actress, singer and songwriter with whom he had a son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs. The couple stayed together for ten years, separated in the year 2013, he started dating Amanda Smith later and separated in 2018 after being together for five years.



Taye Diggs is active on social media platforms. His Instagram account (@tayediggsinsta) has over 738 thousand followers and his Twitter account (@TayeDiggs) has over 647 thousand followers. His official page (@TayeDiggs) on Facebook has over 3 million followers with over 1.7 million likes.




Taye Diggs made his debut in the year 1998 when he played the role of Winston Shakespeare in the movie, ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’. Following the success of this role, he later went on to play in movies like ‘Go’, ‘The Wood’, ‘The Best Man’ and ‘House on Haunted Hill’ in the year 1999 and ‘The Way of the Gun’ in 2000. In the year 2002, he played in movies like ‘Just a Kiss’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Equilibrium’ and ‘Chicago’, ‘Basic’ and ‘Malibu’s Most Wanted’ in 2003, ‘Drum’ in 2004, ‘Rent’ in 2005 and ‘Slow Burn’, ‘Days of Wrath’ and ‘Our Family Wedding’ in 2007, 2008 and 2010 respectively.

In the last decade, Taye Diggs can be seen in movies like ‘Dyland Dog: Dead of Night’ as Vampire Vargas, ‘The Fab Five’ as the narrator, ‘Between Us’ as Carlo, ‘The Best Man Holiday’ as Harper Stewart, ‘Baggage Claim’ as Langston Jefferson Battle III, ‘Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant’ as Rasta cab driver, ‘Opening Night’ as Malcolm, as the voice actor of Capper in ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’, as Alex Stone in ‘’Til Death Do Us Part’, as Rick in ‘Set It Up’ and as Charles Coleman, Sr. in ‘River Runs Red’.



Taye Diggs has appeared on television alongside his movie career who has appeared on television series like ‘New York Undercover’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘101 Dalmatians: The Series’, ‘Punk’d’, ‘Ed’, ‘America’s Next Top Model’, ‘The Super Hero Squad Show’, ‘Better Off Ted’, ‘Sesame Street’, ‘New Girl’ and ‘NCIS’ for an episode each.

Taye Diggs

He has had recurring roles in series like ‘Hypnotize Me’, ‘Rosewood’, ‘Empire’, ‘Muppets Now’, ‘Murder in the First’, and ‘Private Practice’ with the actress Elise Neal. His performance as Dr. Sam Bennett in ‘Private Practice’ was loved by the public and he received numerous nominations including the NAACP Image Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.



Taye Diggs has won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award’s Favorite Supporting Actor award for his work in ‘House on Haunted Hill’ in the year 2000. Likewise, for his role in ‘Chicago’, he was awarded and the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award along with the cast.

Moreover, he has won the NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series award for his work in ‘Kevin Hill’ and the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work in ‘Private Practice’. Furthermore, he has also been awarded the Acapulco Black Film Festival’s Best Cast award for ‘The Best Man Holiday’ along with the cast.


Net Worth

Taye Diggs earns mostly from his acting career and as of the year 2020, he has an approximate net worth of $14 million.