Toks Olagundoye is best known as the newest addition on ABC’s long running hit Castle, in which she played quick witted former Scotland Yard officer turned security specialist Hayley Shipton, a quirky smart-ass, who certainly wasn’t afraid to cross lines.
Olagundoye previously spent two seasons as a series regular on ABC's The Neighbors (created by Dan Fogelman) on which she played alien matriarch Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who, along with her fellow extraterrestrials (also named after famous athletes), live in a New Jersey golfing community while awaiting instructions from their home planet.
Toks has guest starring credits on such shows as NCIS, the new ABC drama Notorious, The Fosters, Switched At Birth, CSI: NY, Prime Suspect, Ugly Betty, Law & Order and the 2014 Amazon pilot Salem Rogers: Model of the Year, 1998 among others. On the big screen, Toks has appeared in such films as Brown Sugar, Democracy At Work and The Salon. Her off-Broadway and regional theatre credits includes Saint Lucy's Eyes in which Toks originated one of the lead roles. She was lucky to do three runs of this show with veteran Oscar nominee, Grammy and Emmy winner, Ruby Dee. Toks also originated the role of Rachel Robinson in National Pastime, the first official story about Jackie Robinson. A highlight of preparing for this role was being able to meet, sit with and chat with Rachel Robinson herself.
Toks Olagundoye has recently seen the longtime dream of becoming a voiceover artist come to fruition, lending her voice to animated shows, films, commercials and video games; Steven Universe, Game of Thrones, American Dad, Family Guy and Ford to name a few.
Born to a Nigerian father and Norwegian mother in Lagos, Nigeria Toks was raised there, attended boarding school in England and completed her formal education at Smith College in western Massachusetts where she attained a BFA in theatre. She then moved to NYC, where she quickly dove into the professional theatre, film and television world before moving to Los Angeles and landing her series regular role on The Neighbors in which she showcased her knack for physical comedy and uncanny ability for accents and impressions. And, although she prefers to sing alone in the shower, she did sing in three episodes of The Neighbors including the Emmy-nominated Alan Menken song “More or Less the Kind of Thing You May or May Not Possibly See on Broadway.”
Raised by her dapper banker father and eccentric fashion designer-mother, Toks has always been interested in searching for interesting clothes, has an unhealthy love of handbags and shoes and uses socializing as an excuse to host clothing swaps. Incredibly health conscious, she leads dairy free, preservative free, sugar free and red meat free lifestyle, runs almost every day and has a love/hate relationship with pilates (she loves how it makes her look but hates feeling perpetually nauseous). She drinks copious amounts of tea and kombucha and is a self-professed Twitter addict. Her more adventurous hobbies include archery and marksmanship and she spends her free time creating, writing and producing small projects through her production company, Unlimited Ceiling.
A lover of animals and equality, Toks lends her voice to many causes: the non-profit Hounds and Heroes, a national organization dedicated to lifting the spirits and morale of active, wounded, and veteran soldiers worldwide while raising awareness about animal cruelty; Pets of The Homeless, the only national organization focused exclusively on feeding and providing veterinary care to pets of the homeless (she adheres wholeheartedly to their mission statement: a belief in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important in the lives of many homeless); and NOH8, a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social edie and visual protest.
On May 16, 2015 Toks married Sean Quinn, who she met on Twitter. Toks and Sean split their time between Los Angeles and New York with their dog, a Chihuahua mix from Brooklyn, who Toks rescued after seeing a post on Facebook. Clearly Toks is an avid fan of social media.