Tika Sumpter

 

Tika Sumpter

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Tika Sumpter
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Born Euphemia L. Sumpter
(1980-06-20) June 20, 1980 (age 36)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Marymount Manhattan College
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Nicholas James (e. 2017)
Children 1
Website tikasumpter.com

Tika Sumpter (born Euphemia L. Sumpter; June 20, 1980[1]) is an American actress, producer, television host, and model. Sumpter began her career as host of the N network reality series, Best Friend’s Date (2004—2005), and in 2005 landed the role of Layla Williamson in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live where she starred regularly through 2010. In the same year, Sumpter made her movie debut in her leading female role in the musical drama Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. She later had recurring roles as Raina Thorpe in The CW teen drama Gossip Girl, and as Jenna Rice in the BET sitcom The Game.[2]

Sumpter was later featured in supporting roles for What’s Your Number? (2011) and Think Like a Man (2012), before starring in Sparkle (2012) and A Madea Christmas (2013). In 2013, Sumpter began her role as Candace Young, the leading character on the Oprah Winfrey Network primetime soap opera, The Haves and the Have Nots. Sumpter later played Angela Payton in the comedy films Ride Along (2014) and Ride Along 2 (2016), Yvonne Fair in the biopic Get On Up (2014), and Michelle Robinson Obama in the romantic comedy-drama Southside with You (2016).

Early life[edit]

Sumpter was born in Queens, New York City.[1] She was a cheerleader at her high school. She graduated from Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island, New York and studied at Marymount Manhattan College where she majored in communications.[1]

Career[edit]

2004—2011[edit]

Sumpter began her modeling career and appeared in commercials for Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne‘s Curve fragrances. She also worked as a waitress before acting.[1] In 2004, she served as the co-host for the N network series Best Friend’s Date. The following year she landed the role of Layla Williamson in the ABC daytime soopera, One Life to Live. For her portrayal of Layla, Sumpter was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2008. She first appeared on-screen on July 15, 2005,[3] playing the role regularly through September 14, 2010. Sumpter reappeared in the role on November 9–10, 2010, and January 21 and 24, 2011.[4][5]

In 2010, Sumpter made her film debut in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming on the female lead role, and in the same year appeared in Salt. From January to May 2011, Sumpter appeared in The CW teen drama series, Gossip Girl as Raina Thorpe, the daughter of Russell Thorpe and Chuck Bass/Nate’ former love interest.[6] She played singer Jason Derülo‘s girlfriend in the video for his song “It Girl“.[7] In 2011, she appeared as lead character friend in the romantic comedy film What’s Your Number?. From 2011 to 2012 she also had a recurring role as Jenna Rice in the BET comedy series, The Game.

2012–2015[edit]

On September 13, 2011, it was announced that Sumpter would be playing one of the sisters, Deloris, in the music-themed film Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke and Carmen Ejogo. Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name inspired by the story of The Supremes. The remake was set in 1968 Detroit, during the rise of Motown. The story focused on the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle Williams (Jordin Sparks), and her struggle to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.[8][9] R&B singer Aaliyah was originally planned to star as Sparkle; however following her death in a 2001 plane crash, production on the film stopped. Production would have begun in 2002.[10][11][12] Sparkle was filmed in the fall of 2011 over a two-month period.[13] The film, which co-stars Sumpter, was released in the United States on August 17, 2012. On May 21, 2012, “Celebrate“, the last song Whitney Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at RyanSeacrest.com. The song is the first official single featured on the Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album which Sumpter is a part of.[14] The accompanying music video for Celebrate was filmed on May 30, 2012 and the video featured herself and the rest of her Sparkle cast mates .[15]

After Sparkle, Sumpter starred in the independent comedy film My Man Is a Loser written and directed by comedian Mike Young.[16] Filmed in 2012, My Man Is a Loser received release on July 25, 2014, by Lionsgate.[17] In 2013 she appeared in the Christmas comedy-drama film A Madea Christmas by Tyler Perry.[18] In same year, Sumpter began starring as Candace Young, a lead villainess, in the Oprah Winfrey Network soapy drama series The Haves and the Have Nots, also created by Tyler Perry.[19][20] The series received negative reviews from critics, like other of Perry’s works, but was the biggest hit in ratings for Oprah Winfrey Network, to date.[21][22][23]

Sumpter played the female lead in Ride Along, the 2014 action comedy film directed by Tim Story, opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.[24][25] She returned to the role in its sequel Ride Along 2, released on January 15, 2016. She played Yvonne Fair in Get On Up, the biographical drama film about James Brown.[26][27] In same year she co-starred opposite Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique, and Khandi Alexander in the HBO biographical film Bessie about the iconic blues singer Bessie Smith.[28][29]

2016–present[edit]

Sumpter played young Michelle Obama in the romantic comedy-drama film Southside with You, a biopic about the early romance between Barack and Michelle Obama.[30][31] The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics.[32] Sumpter also co-produced the film. She received positive reviews for her performance. Variety placed her in its list of one of the “Biggest Breakthrough Performances” at Sundance, writing in its review, “It’s a tall order to bring a living, breathing icon to life. But that’s just what Sumpter does, checking in with America’s First Lady before she ever landed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Playing Michelle Robinson when she was just an up-and-coming corporate lawyer, Sumpter slowly lets her guard down, allowing an idealistic Barack Obama to charm her into going to an art show, a community gathering and a Spike Lee film.”[33]

Sumpter is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She was inducted into the organization on July 10, 2016, at the 67th annual Boule, in Atlanta, Georgia. [34]

On October 7, 2016, it was announced that Sumpter would be playing a leading role and co-executive produce political drama The 313 for CBS. She will play Mayor of Detroit in show.[35][36] She also will star alongside Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry’s comedy-drama film Acrimony.[37]

In March 2017, Sumpter was cast alongside Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in The Old Man And The Gun directing by David Lowery.[38]

Personal life[edit]

On October 8, 2016, Sumpter gave birth to a girl she named Ella-Loren.[39] In January 2017, Sumpter announced that she was engaged to The Haves and the Have Nots co-star, Nicholas James.[40]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Brooklyn’s Finest Neighborhood girl Uncredited
2010 Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Nikki
2010 Salt Front deskwoman
2011 Whisper Me a Lullaby Emma
2011 What’s Your Number? Jamie
2012 Think Like a Man Dominic’s ex-girlfriend
2012 Sparkle Delores “Dee” Anderson
2013 Madea Christmas, AA Madea Christmas Lacey
2014 Ride Along Angela Payton
2014 My Man Is a Loser Clarissa
2014 Get On Up Yvonne Fair Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2015 You Never Left Euphemia Short film
2016 Ride Along 2 Angela Payton-Barber
2016 Southside with You Michelle Robinson Obama[41] Also producer
Nominated — Gotham Award — Audience Award
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2017 Acrimony
2018 The Old Man and the Gun Maureen Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004–2005 Best Friend’s Date Herself Host
2005–2011 One Life to Live Layla Williamson Series regular, 234 episodes
Role held: July 15, 2005 – January 24, 2011
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2008)
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vegas Episode: “Class
2011 Gossip Girl Raina Thorpe Recurring role, 11 episodes
2011–2012 Game, TheThe Game Jenna Rice Recurring role, 10 episodes
2013 Being Mary Jane Tonya Episode: “Pilot”
2013–present Haves and the Have Nots, TheThe Haves and the Have Nots Candace Young Series regular
2015 Bessie Lucille Television film

Laura Harring

 

Laura Harring

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Laura Harring
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Born Laura Elena Martínez Herring
(1964-03-03) March 3, 1964 (age 53)
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Carl-Eduard von Bismarck (m. 1987–89)
Website lauraharring.net

Laura Harring (born Laura Elena Martínez Herring; March 3, 1964) is a Mexican-American actress. In 1985, Harring became the first Latina woman crowned Miss USA.[1][2][3] She later began her acting career in television and film. She is best known for her dual roles as Rita and Camilla Rhodes in the 2001 postmodern neo-noir film Mulholland Drive. She is also known for her roles in other films, including The Forbidden Dance (1990), John Q (2002), Willard (2003), The Punisher (2004), The King (2005), and Love in the Time of Cholera (2007).

Early life[edit]

Harring was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on March 3, 1964. Her mother, María Elena Martínez-Cairo, is a spiritual teacher, real estate investor, and secretary. Her father, Raymond Herring, was a developer and organic farmer of Austrian-German descent.[4] The two divorced in 1971. Harring lived the first ten years of her life in Mexico, before her family relocated to San Antonio, Texas. Harring suffered a head wound from a .45 bullet when she was caught by stray fire from a driveby shooting at age 12.[5][6] At age 16, she convinced her family to let her study in Switzerland at Aiglon College. She eventually returned to the United States, settling down in El Paso, Texas and entered the world of beauty pageants. She won the title of Miss El Paso USA, and soon after, Miss Texas USA, ultimately going on to win the title of Miss USA 1985. Harring spent the next year traveling through Asia, exploring Europe and working as a social worker in India.[7]

Career[edit]

Harring studied theatre at the London Academy of Performing Arts, having trained in the Italian Commedia dell’arte, as well as Latin dances, including the Argentine tango.[8] She began her acting career in the film Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out![9] Harring played the supporting role of Jerri, a flight attendant and the girlfriend of one of protagonist’s brother Chris who joins them for family dinner at their Grandmother’s house.[10] In television she portrayed Raul Julia‘s character’s wife in the NBC television movie The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory (1987).[1] She was cast by NBC producers after they saw her on the Miss USA broadcast and contacted her with the role.[11]

In 1990, Harring was lead actress in the Columbia Pictures release The Forbidden Dance, where she played the role of Nisa—a Brazilian Princess that travels to Los Angeles in order to stop a corporation from demolishing her family home.[12] That same year began recurring role on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital, as Carla Greco.[13] The next few years she had supporting roles in films like Exit to Eden (1994),[14] and Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1997).[15] In 1997, she played the role of Paula Stevens in the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach.[16] After leaving the show, guest-starred on Frasier in the episode “Dial M for Martin”,[17] and appeared in comedy film Little Nicky.[18]

Harring is most well known for her performance in David Lynch‘s film Mulholland Drive (2001), opposite Naomi Watts and Justin Theroux. She played both the characters of “Rita” (an amnesiac that names herself after Rita Hayworth when seeing the name on a poster for the movie “Gilda”) and “Camilla”.[19] In response to her performance and the choice of her for the role, film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “Not many actresses would be bold enough to name themselves after Rita Hayworth, but Harring does, because she can. Slinky and voluptuous in clinging gowns, all she has to do is stand there and she’s the first good argument in 55 years for a “Gilda” remake.”[20] Comparisons were also made between Harring and Ava Gardner by The International Herald Tribune.[21][22] In 2002 she was awarded the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film for her performance.[23] Harring went on to work twice more with Lynch—as an anthropomorphic rabbit in the limited series Rabbits (2002)[24] and in a cameo appearance in Inland Empire (2006).[25]

In 2002, she appeared in John Q,[26] and was female lead opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Derailed. In 2003, she starred in Mi Casa, Su Casa together with Barbara Eden. In 2004, she was the spoiled wife antagonist Mr. Saint (John Travolta), Livia Saint[27] in the movie adaptation of Marvel Comics‘s The Punisher.[28] In 2005, Harring starred in the independent film The King, and later had roles in Nancy Drew, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Caller,[21] and Drool,[29] where she plays an abused wife fleeing her husband.[30]

In 2006, Harring joined the cast of FX‘s crime drama, The Shield, as defense attorney Rebecca Doyle,[31] appearing in nine episodes of season five. In the role, she is hired by lead character Vic Mackey to protect his team of corrupt police officers against an Internal Affairs investigation.[32] From 2009 to 2010, she also had a recurring role as Evelyn Bass/Elizabeth Fisher in The CW series Gossip Girl.[33][34] In the show, she plays a woman posing as the long lost mother of the character Chuck Bass, before her deceit is discovered by the other characters.[35] She has also guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2003, Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2010, and NCIS: Los Angeles in 2012 and 2016.[36] Harring was also cast in the independent film The Loner directed by Daniel Grove,[37] and in 2016 Harring was cast in the English-language remake of the film Inside,[38] as well as Legendary’s first digital film The Thinning, alongside Logan Paul and Peyton List.[39]

Personal life[edit]

In 1987, she married Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen, great-great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck. While she retains the title of Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen, the couple divorced in 1989.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! Jerri
1990 The Forbidden Dance Nisa
1991 Dead Women in Lingerie Marcia
1994 Exit to Eden M.C. Kindra
1997 Black Scorpion II: Aftershock Babette
1997 Hoover Park Unknown
2000 Little Nicky Mrs. Dunleavy
2001 Final Payback Gina Carrillo
2001 Feather Pimento Woman in Red Short film
2001 Mulholland Drive Camilla Rhodes/Rita
2002 John Q Gina Palumbo
2002 Derailed Galina Konstantin
2002 Rabbits Jane
2003 Willard Cathryn
2003 Mi Casa, Su Casa Catalina
2003 The Poet Paula
2004 The Punisher Livia Saint
2005 All Souls Day Martia
2005 The King Twyla
2006 Walkout Francis Crisostomo
2006 Inland Empire Jane Rabbit
2007 Ghost Son Stacey
2007 Nancy Drew Dehlia Draycott
2007 Love in the Time of Cholera Sara Noriega
2008 One Missed Call Beth’s Mom Cameo
2008 The Caller Eileen
2009 Drool Anora Fleece
2010 Kluge
2011 Elwood Julie Jacobs Short film
2013 Return to Babylon Alla Nazimova
2014 Ice Scream Wendy
2014 Taco Shop
2014 Manson Girls Alice Rainer
2014 Sex Ed Lupe

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory Santa Anna’s bride Television movie
1988 Desperado: Avalanche at Devil’s Ridge Unknown Television movie
1988 Beauty and the Beast Carmen Episode: “The Alchemist”
1989 Alien Nation Female Newcomer Episode: “Three to Tango”
1990–91 General Hospital Carla Greco Recurring role
1992 Baywatch Princess Catherine Randenberg Episode: “Princess of Tides”
1993 Blossom Nurse Episode: “The Fifty-Minute Hour”
1993 Rio Diablo Maria Benjamin Television movie
1995 Empire Gabriella Cochrane Unsuccessful television pilot
1995–96 Flipper Garcia 3 episodes
1996 Baywatch Nights Charlotte ‘Charlie’ McBride Episode: “Thin Blood”
1996, 1999 Silk Stalkings Paula Houston / Yvette Episodes: “Family Values”, “Cook’s Tour”
1997 Sunset Beach Paula Stevens Series regular, 141 episodes
1997 California Christina Guevara Unsuccessful television pilot (spin-off from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)
1998 Frasier Rebecca Wendell Episode: “Dial M for Martin”
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Mysterious Woman Episode: “Episode 30” Segment: Deadbeat Daddy
2000 Black Scorpion Ariana Episode: “Out of Thin Air”
2000 A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story Marisleysis Gonzalez Television movie
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joan Quentin Episode: “Perfect”
2006 The Shield Rebecca Doyle 8 episodes
2007 My Neighbor’s Keeper Kate Powell Television movie
2009 Gossip Girl Evelyn Bass/Elizabeth 4 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marta Caldera Episode: “True Legacy”
2012, 2016 NCIS: Los Angeles Julia Feldman Episodes: “Blye, K., Part 2”, “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Sirens”
2014–15 Chasing Life Olivia Ortiz Episodes: “Guess Who’s Coming to Donate?”, “First Person”

Valentina de Angelis

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Valentina de Angelis
Born (1989-06-12) June 12, 1989 (age 27)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Other names Valentina DeAngelis
Valentina Deangelis
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Valentina de Angelis (born June 12, 1989) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Young Bo in the 2003 film Off the Map, her first major acting role. In 2009, she had a recurring role as Carmen Fortier in the series Gossip Girl. The following year, she appeared in the soap opera As the World Turns as Faith Snyder.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Manhattan, de Angelis began her professional career as a child model.[1] She is an alum of Professional Children’s School.[2]

In 2003, de Angelis had her first major acting role as Young Bo in the Campbell Scott-directed film Off the Map co-starring with Sam Elliot and Joan Allen.[3]

She has had number of acting roles in television series filmed in New York City area. Those series include Love Monkey, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. Along with having recurring roles in Gossip Girl and As the World Turns in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In 2009, she made a guest appearance in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[4]

Her other film credits include Bereavement, Camp Hope (also known as Camp Hell) and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. All of which were released in 2010.[4]

She also appeared in the role of Jenna in the film The Midnight Game which was released on August 12th 2014 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Off the Map Young Bo
2005 Liminality Jenni Short film
2006 Love Monkey Girl #1 Episode: “Coming Out”
2005–2008 Law & Order Katie Conlan / Rebecca Rossi Episodes: “Criminal Law”, “Darkness”
2008 CSI: NY (video game) Libby Drake Legacy Interactive video game
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rio Episode: “Disarmed and Dangerous”
2009 Gossip Girl Carmen Fortier Recurring role, 5 episodes
2010 Bereavement Melissa
2010 Camp Hope Melissa
2010 As the World Turns Faith Snyder Recurring role, 40 episodes
2010 It’s Kind of a Funny Story Jenna (uncredited)
2011 Blue Bloods Nikolina Episode: “Mercy”
2011 Person of Interest Theresa Whitaker Episode: “Ghost”
2011 CSI: NY Libby Drake Episode: “Crushed”
2013 The Midnight Game Jenna
2014 Everlasting Jessie

Joanne Whalley

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Joanne Whalley

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Joanne Whalley
Born (1961-08-25) 25 August 1961 (age 55)
Salford, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Val Kilmer (m. 1988; div. 1996)
Children 2

Joanne Whalley (born 25 August 1961)[1][2][3] is an English actress who began her career in 1974. She has since amassed numerous credits, primarily on television, but also in nearly 30 feature films, including Dance with a Stranger (1985), Willow (1988), Scandal (1989), The Secret Rapture (1993) and Mother’s Boys (1994). Following her marriage to Val Kilmer in 1988, she was credited as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer until their divorce in 1996.

Whalley was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for the 1985 BBC serial Edge of Darkness, and was nominated for a Best Actress Golden Nymph Award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival for the 2011 series The Borgias. Her other television roles include the 1986 BBC serial The Singing Detective; playing the title role in the 2000 CBS TV film Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and as Claudia, wife of Pontius Pilate in the 2015 NBC series A.D. The Bible Continues.

Early life[edit]

Whalley was born in Salford, Lancashire, but brought up in Stockport, Cheshire, where she attended Bredbury Comprehensive School, before leaving to study at Harrytown Convent Girls’ School in Romiley and the Braeside School of Speech and Drama in Marple.[4]

Whalley first appeared as a child in How We Used To Live and Juliet Bravo with bit parts in soap operas, especially Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Her early film roles include a non-speaking part as a groupie in Pink Floyd‘s The Wall; and as a young Beatles fan in Birth of the Beatles.

Music[edit]

In the post-punk era, she flirted with the fringes of the Manchester New Wave scene and was briefly a member of a Stockport-based band called the Slowguns but left before the release of their two singles. Later, she was the lead singer of the pop group Cindy & The Saffrons; in 1982, at Abbey Road Studios they recorded the Shangri-Las‘ song “Past, Present and Future” and the next year, “Terry” by Twinkle. The group split up soon thereafter.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1982 she played Ingrid Rothwell in A Kind of Loving, a well received Granada TV adaptation of Stan Barstow‘s three Vic Brown novels. Whalley acted in the film No Surrender (Dumbarton Films with Film Four) scripted by Alan Bleasdale, released in 1985, but the film was not successful.[citation needed]

Whalley came to prominence on British television as Emma Craven in Troy Kennedy Martin‘s Edge of Darkness (1985), then as Nurse Mills in the Dennis Potter-written serial The Singing Detective (1986)—both for BBC Television. In 1987 she played Jackie in the TV film Will You Love Me Tomorrow, she also played a role in The Good Father (1985), another Channel 4 backed film.

Whalley met the American actor Val Kilmer while filming the fantasy adventure Willow,[6] and after marriage in 1988 moved to Los Angeles, where she used as her professional name Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. She continued filming, making more films in Hollywood than in the UK, including the mystery noir Shattered and, in 1989, the role of Christine Keeler in Scandal alongside stars John Hurt and Sir Ian McKellen. In 1994 she became the second actress to play Gone with the Wind heroine Scarlett O’Hara when she appeared in a made-for-TV adaptation of the sequel novel, Scarlett. She also starred in the 1997 film The Man Who Knew Too Little.

After divorce, Whalley returned to acting through making television films, including the 2000 television film Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in which she played the title character. She collaborated with the pop-punk band Blink-182 to read a letter at the beginning of the song “Stockholm Syndrome“. In 2005, she appeared as Queen Mary I in The Virgin Queen, a BBC serial about the life of Queen Elizabeth I which also starred Anne-Marie Duff and Tara FitzGerald. The same year she also filmed Played which also starred her ex-husband Val Kilmer but the two didn’t share any scenes. In 2006, she appeared in Life Line, a two-part drama on BBC1, starring opposite Ray Stevenson. In 2008, she appeared in the ITV mini series Flood with Robert Carlyle amongst others.

In February 2008, she appeared on stage in Billy Roche‘s Poor Beast in the Rain presented by the Salem K. Theatre Company at the Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, California.[7][8]

Whalley played one of the female leads, Vannozza dei Cattanei, mistress of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, future Pope Alexander VI, in the Showtime historical drama The Borgias.[9] She guest-starred as Princess Sophie in season 4 of Gossip Girl. She shared with the cast of 44 Inch Chest, the Best Ensemble Award at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2010. The film reunited her with John Hurt. She played Aunt Patience in Jamaica Inn for BBC One in 2014. In 2015, she played Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate, in A.D. The Bible Continues.

Personal life[edit]

Whalley met the American actor Val Kilmer while filming the fantasy adventure Willow.[10] The couple married in 1988. Whalley took a break from filming to bring up her two children with Kilmer. Mercedes was born on 29 October 1991 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and her son Jack who was born on 6 June 1995. Shortly after that, the pair separated. Whalley filed for divorce on 21 July 1995, citing irreconcilable differences.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Pink Floyd—The Wall Groupie
1985 Dance with a Stranger Christine
1985 No Surrender Cheryl
1985 The Good Father Mary Hall
1988 Willow Sorsha
1988 To Kill a Priest Anna
1989 Scandal Christine Keeler as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1989 Kill Me Again Fay Forrester as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1990 Navy SEALs Claire Varrens as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1990 The Big Man Beth Scoular as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer; also known as Crossing the Line
1991 Shattered Jenny Scott as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1991 Storyville Natalie Tate as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1993 The Secret Rapture Katherine Coleridge as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1994 Mother’s Boys Colleen ‘Callie’ Harland as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1994 A Good Man in Africa Celia Adekunle as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1994 Trial by Jury Valerie Alston as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little Lori
1999 A Texas Funeral Miranda
2000 The Guilty Natalie Crane
2000 Breathtaking Caroline Henshow
2002 Before You Go Mary
2002 Virginia’s Run Jessie Eastwood
2005 The Californians Luna
2006 Played Maggie
2007 Flood Commissioner Patricia Nash
2009 44 Inch Chest Liz Diamond
2011 Golf in the Kingdom Agatha McNaughton
2011 Twixt Denise
2019 Beverly Hills 90210: The Movie Abby Malone

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974, 1976 Coronation Street Pamela Graham 3 episodes
1975 Joby Molly McLeod ITV Yorkshire television film
1976, 1978 Crown Court Janice Scott/Linda Mason 3 episodes
1977 Emmerdale Farm Angela Read 6 episodes
1976–79 How We Used To Live Marjorie Dawson/Sarah Hughes 20(?) episodes
1978 The One and Only Phyllis Dixey Doris ITV television film
1979 Omnibus Little Red Riding Hood/Madge 2 episodes
1980 ITV Playhouse Lindsey Episode: “Too Close to the Edge”
1980 Juliet Bravo Maureen Maskell Episode: “Shot Gun”
1980 Scene Evelyn Episode: “And Mum Came Too”
1980–81 Coming Home Travel agent 2 episodes
1981 The Gaffer Nancy Episode: “The Trouble with Women”
1981 Noddy Mary Television film
1982 A Kind of Loving Ingrid Rotherwell (Brown) Main role, 8 episodes
1982 The Gentle Touch Dany Episode: “Dany”
1983 Bergerac Christine Bolton Episode: “Always Leave Them Laughing”
1983 Reilly, Ace of Spies Ulla ITV television miniseries; episode: “The Visiting Fireman”
1984 A Christmas Carol Fan (Ebenezer’s sister) CBS television film
1985 Edge of Darkness Emma Craven 5 episodes
1986 The Singing Detective Nurse Mills 6 episodes
1987 Screen Two Jackie Series 3, TV film: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”
1994 Scarlett Scarlett O’Hara CBS television miniseries; Lead role; as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis CBS television film
2000 Run the Wild Fields Ruby Miller Showtime Original television film
2005 The Virgin Queen Mary I Television miniseries
2009 Diverted Marion Price CBC television miniseries
2011–12 Gossip Girl Princess Sophie Grimaldi 7 episodes
2011–13 The Borgias Vanozza Cattaneo Main role, 25 episodes
2013 The Challenger Gweneth Feynman BBC television film; also known as The Challenger Disaster
2014 Jamaica Inn Patience Merlyn BBC One television miniseries
2015 Wolf Hall Catherine of Aragon BBC Two television miniseries
2015 The Ark Emmie BBC One television film
2015 A.D. The Bible Continues Claudia, wife of Pontius Pilate Main role, 12 episodes
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Rheda Main role, 13 episodes

Nan Zhang (actress)

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Nan Zhang
Born (1986-11-01) November 1, 1986 (age 30)
Bengbu, Anhui, China
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2006 – present

Nan Zhang (born November 1, 1986, Chinese: 张楠) is an American actress and model. She co-starred as Kati Farkas in The CW teen drama, Gossip Girl, until January 2008. She has reappeared in some episodes of season 5 and 6.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Bengbu in the province of Anhui, China, Zhang and her family moved to the United States when she was six years old and settled in Slidell, Louisiana. She is an only child. After being selected in Chanel/Seventeen Magazine’s New Model of the Year contest at the age of 16, Zhang decided to pursue modeling.

Career[edit]

Her acting debut came about when Zhang was discovered by a casting director while she was at a nail salon in New York which landed her a bit part in The Shanghai Hotel and followed with an uncredited bit part in West 32nd. Zhang’s short lived break into showbiz came in March 2007 when she was cast in the supporting role of Kati Farkas in the television adaptation of the popular young adult novels, Gossip Girl.

Before acting, Zhang started her career as a model in New York City.

Personal life[edit]

Zhang has attempted to take up sports such as snowboarding and archery. She had previously wanted to be actively involved with neuroscience research and has returned to Johns Hopkins University to pursue her pre-med/neuroscience degree. She is now married to Michael Morris.

FILMOLOGY:

2007-12 GOSSIP GIRL (TV SERIES) KATI FARKAS

2011 SHANGHAI HOTEL  PARTY GIRL

2007 WEST 32ND STREET  GIRL