Briana Roy is an American model and actress, best known for her role as the Haitian orphan girl, Nina, in the 2014 Alan White directorial film ‘Reclaim.’ Briana started her career as a model in 2011, when she was just six years old. In 2014, she appeared in ‘Reclaim’ and moved to Los Angeles, where she landed a number of international TV commercials, which increased her popularity. She then went on to appear in several television game shows, series, web series, and short films. One of the short films titled ‘Letters,’ in which she played the role of Brianna Taylor, won a couple of awards at the ‘International Independent Film Awards.’ In 2018, she became a part of Disney’s television series ‘Raven’s Home.’
Childhood & Early Career
Briana Roy was born on August 14, 2005, in Hollywood, Florida, United States of America. Briana was raised along with her siblings - Fernelle and Jenasha.
Though Briana’s official modeling career started in 2011, she had faced the camera a few years ago, when she appeared in a short film, ‘Bad English.’ The short film was shot in Miami in 2008, when Briana was just three years old.
At the age of six, Briana started modeling in Miami, where she was part of several print ads for well-known companies, such as ‘Blue Cross Blue Shield,’ ‘Target,’ ‘Walmart,’ etc. In 2014, Briana Roy’s family, which includes her siblings and her parents, Marie and Wiener Roy, moved to Los Angeles, California, to support Briana’s modeling career.
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Soon after moving to Los Angeles, Briana got several opportunities to feature in both national as well as international commercials. She was seen in various television commercials for brands, such as ‘Kmart,’ ‘Comcast Xfinity,’ and ‘Tide.’
Briana got her breakthrough acting role pretty early, when she was signed to perform alongside actors like John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, and Rachelle Lefevre in the 2014 drama-thriller film ‘Reclaim.’ In the film, she played a shy and reserved Haitian girl named Nina, who loses her parents in the 2010 earthquake that rocked major parts of Haiti.
Before she landed the role of Nina, the makers of ‘Reclaim’ had launched a nationwide hunt to find a suitable child actress to play Nina onscreen. Thanks to her then manager Tammy Green, who submitted her profile for the role, Briana was finally selected to play Nina after several auditions and screen tests.
In 2016, she became part of Nike’s ‘International Fitness Ad & Video Campaign.’ In the same year, she was seen in singer-songwriter Yuna’s music video titled ‘Crush,’ which also featured world-renowned singer Usher. She then appeared in the popular American talk show ‘FABLife’ along with her sister Jenasha. In the show, Briana was seen in a segment called ‘Kid DIY Sisters,’ which was hosted by Leah Ashley and Lauren Makk.
In 2016, Briana was also seen in a teen drama television series titled ‘Recovery Road.’ In the series, she played the younger version of a character named Trish. ‘Recovery Road’ also stars Jessica Sula, Sebastian de Souza, and Kyla Pratt in prominent roles. Briana was then seen portraying the lead role in one of Australian rapper Illy’s official music videos titled ‘Oh My.’
Briana Roy also got to work with American football quarterback and NFL superstar, Cam Newton. Briana and her sister Jenasha were given an opportunity to shoot with Cam Newton and a bunch of other kids as part of a Nickelodeon project called ‘Real Kids Rule.’ ‘Real Kids Rule’ was a non-scripted project, where a bunch of kids were asked to exhibit their respective skills.
In 2017, she appeared in the popular television game show ‘Idiotest.’ Briana appeared in the show along with her sister Jenasha for an episode titled ‘Kids vs Kids.’ The year 2017 turned out to be a busy one for Briana as she went on to appear in a host of short films, such as ‘Snooze Wakes Up The Planet,’ ‘Sweet Rice,’ and ‘Letters.’ ‘Letters,’ in which she played the role of Brianna Taylor, went on to win a couple of awards at the prestigious ‘International Independent Film Awards.’
In 2018, she played the lead role of Kendra in a web series titled ‘Elle Twelve.’ In the same year, she was also seen in Disney’s family sitcom television series ‘Raven’s Home.’
Briana Roy is close to her sister, Jenasha. According to Briana, her ideal day would include a bicycle ride with Jenasha, followed by a hula hoop contest.
Briana is very active on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While her Instagram account has more than 244,000 followers, her Twitter page has managed to gather more than 160,000 followers. She also owns a YouTube channel along with her sister Jenasha.
Apart from English, Briana can fluently speak French & Creole languages. She is also good at cooking and often tries her hand at cooking interesting dishes along with Jenasha. Briana currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her pet dog Nicki. Apart from acting, Briana is also interested in poetry and has written a few poems.
Briana takes part in charity events and has volunteered at events organized by ‘Inspire Cali,’ a nonprofit organization. She would like to come up with her own charity organization in order to support and help the unprivileged kids of Haiti.