Zuri Adele
Zuri Adele
as Malika

Actor Biography

With collective liberation at the forefront of her passions, Zuri Adele is best known for her portrayal of series regular Malika on Freeform's multiple award-nominated series "Good Trouble." Her character is a millennial activist and former foster kid living in a communal space in downtown Los Angeles with her chosen family while balancing her personal life with her abolition practice.

Adele grew up co-parented from the Bay Area to Brooklyn in a family dedicated to artistic expression, spirituality and education. She studied acting at Spelman College, the British American Drama Academy and UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT). She took her studies to the stage with the SITI Company of New York and BADA in London and has taught acting at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and UCLA's TFT.

Adele's lens and artistry are underscored by spirituality, intersectionality and her commitment to inclusion and wellness. Her personal brand of activism addresses the imbalance of access to wellness and education in marginalized communities. Inspired by the unique and transformative impact of studying theater at Spelman before pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in acting at UCLA, she established the Zuri Adele Fellowship for Historically Black College and University Alumni at UCLA's TFT. Adele intends to make MFA training accessible to more HBCU grads and embolden MFA programs with the perspectives and skillsets uniquely shaped by the HBCU experience.

After embarking upon her yoga practice, Adele became a certified Yoga instructor and pioneered the Be Accessible Scholarship at Modo Yoga International, intending to make wellness more accessible to people of acknowledged African descent.

Adele is based in Los Angeles, where she continues to expand her acting career while leading and curating wellness experiences within her communities.