Olunike Adeliyi was born in Toronto, Ontario to Sunny, a Nigerian salesman and Roxy, a Jamaican nurse. Raised in both Jamaica and Canada, the well-travelled actress ultimately earned a place at the highly coveted American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. After graduating from the AADA, Adeliyi returned to Toronto to pursue a film and television career, which ultimately landed her the series-regular role of Leah Kerns in the highly rated and vastly popular television series, Flashpoint.
Adeliyi’s popularity gained momentum after her appearances in films and TV shows like SAW 3D, French Immersion, The Listener, Being Human, Republic of Doyle, Lost Girl, Christmas Horror Story, Killjoys, and The Girlfriend Experience. In 2012, Adeliyi was nominated for "Best Performance by a Female - Film" at the Canadian Comedy Awards for her performance in French Immersion and won the 2014 Black Canadian Award for “Best Actress.”
Some of Adeliyi’s critically acclaimed stage performances include, Macbeth (Unit 102 Theatre), HER2 (Nightwood Theatre) and Bleeders (Summerworks).
This year, Adeliyi will star alongside Anna Paquin, Cynthia Nixon and Melissa Leo in actor Stephen Moyer’s first feature, The Parting Glass and took on the role of ‘Aunt Phyllis’ in the second season of CBC’s Little Dog. She also has a recurring role as ‘Giselle’ in Catherine Reitman’s hit series, now in its third season, Workin’ Moms.