Alex Eugene Newell (born August 20, 1992) is an American actor and singer. He is known for playing the transgender student Unique Adams on the Fox musical series Glee. Newell was born on August 20, 1992 in Lynn, Massachusetts. His father, a deacon, died of cancer when he was six years old, at which point his mother raised him as a single parent.
He is committed to helping other LGBT youth and regularly performs at benefit concerts, most notably for The Trevor Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Jack Antanoff’s Ally Coalition and other fundraisers. Newell was given a special recognition award at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards.