|Actor. Born on January 2, 1972 in New Jersey. The eldest of five children, Diggs grew up in Rochester, New York, where he attended the School of the Arts. He was spotted by a talent agent while performing in a showcase during his senior year at Syracuse University, where he earned a BFA in musical theater.
Diggs made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Carousel. In 1996, he landed the role of Benny, an opportunistic landlord, in Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical, Rent. The play won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize and was eventually made into a film in 2005 in which Diggs reprised his role. Crossing the bridge from theater to film, Diggs became known to mainstream audiences as Winston, the hunky love interest in 1998′s How Stella Got Her Groove Back. He’s made numerous appearances on television including shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.
Diggs married actress and Rent costar Idina Menzel in 2003.