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Amy Davidson

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Amy Davidson
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Davidson in June 2006
Born (1979-09-15) September 15, 1979 (age 37)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–2015
Spouse(s) Kacy Lockwood (m. 2010)
Children 1
Website amydavidson.com

Amy Davidson (born September 15, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for playing Kerry Hennessy in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Davidson was raised by educators. Her father was a principal at El Mirage Elementary School, and her mother was an English teacher at Desert Foothills Junior High School. Her parents enrolled her in dance classes as a young child. She became a member of “Dance Motion”. Davidson took ballet, pointe, hip-hop and modern dancing. While attending Shadow Mountain High School, she began appearing in advertisements. Her acting coach, Jean Fowler, encouraged her to move to Hollywood.[1]

Career[edit]

After appearing in the TV movie The Truth About Jane and an episode of the drama series Judging Amy, she was cast in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen series So Little Time. She guest-starred on the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle and in the Hallmark Channel film Annie’s Point opposite Betty White and Richard Thomas. Other roles include the film Goyband, in which she stars as a young Orthodox Jewish girl who falls for an ex-boyband pop star (Adam Pascal) who performs at her family’s hotel in the Catskills. Goyband’s cast includes Natasha Lyonne, Tovah Feldshuh, Dean Edwards, Tibor Feldman, and Cris Judd. Davidson also runs a fashion and lifestyle blog at http://amydavidson.com.

Personal life[edit]

Davidson married actor Kacy Lockwood on May 1, 2010. On November 2, 2015, Davidson announced on Instagram that they are expecting their first child. Amy gave birth to her son, Lennox Sawyer Lockwood, on March 1, 2016. He arrived at 10:16 AM, and weighed 5 lbs. 1 ounce, and measured 19 inches long.[2][3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Teenage Tupelo Ticket Girl Uncredited[citation needed]
2007 Netherbeast Incorporated Pearl Stricklett
2008 Goyband Rebekka
2015 Battle Scars Jules Stephens

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Truth About Jane Elizabeth TV movie
2001 Judging Amy Lindsey Sandowski Episode: “Look Closer”
2001–02 So Little Time Cammie Morton Recurring role; 6 episodes
2002–05 8 Simple Rules Kerry Hennessy Main role (76 episodes)
2004 Family Face-Off: Hollywood Herself, co-host Main role (5 episodes)
Punk’d Herself, prank victim Episode: “Kaley Cuoco/The Rock/Julia Stiles”
2004–05 Pet Star Herself, judge 2 episodes
2005 Annie’s Point Ella Eason Movie
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Tiffany Turlington Episode: “One of a Kind”
2006 Strong Medicine Jamie Episode: “Baby Boom!”
Malcolm in the Middle Paula Episode: “Lois Strikes Back”
Little Talent Show Herself, judge 3 episodes
2007 CSI: NY Carolyn Episode: “Past Imperfect”
2008 The Capture of the Green River Killer Helen Ramus Mini-series; main role
2009 Criminal Minds Zoe Hawkes Episode: “Zoe’s Reprise”
Ghost Whisperer Dana Mayhew Episode: “Head Over Heels”
2010 Firebreather Jenna Shwartzendruber TV movie
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Leslie Gitig Episode: “Tell-Tale Hearts”
2012 House Molly Episode: “We Need the Eggs
2013 Tia & Tamera Herself 4 episodes
2014 The Brittany Murphy Story Jackie Movie
Bones Dr. Leona Saunders Episode: “The Corpse at the Convention”
2015 Better Call Saul Sabrina Episode: “Marco”
Hell’s Kitchen Herself [4] Episode: “8 Chefs Compete Again”

2015 TALES FROM THE TOILET (SHORT) AMY

2017 ROSE  ASHLEY

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Emily Bett Rickards

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Emily Bett Rickards

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Emily Bett Rickards
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Rickards at the 2015 PaleyFest
Born Emily Bett Rickards[1]
(1991-07-24) July 24, 1991 (age 25)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present

Emily Bett Rickards (born July 24, 1991) is a Canadian actress, known for portraying Felicity Smoak on The CW television series Arrow as well as its spinoff series The Flash, Vixen and Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life[edit]

Rickards was born and raised in British Columbia. Beginning on her career path at a young age, she introduced herself to musical theatre and dance, with the hope of later introducing herself to more serious acting. She graduated from high school early and attended the Vancouver Film School, completing the Acting Essentials Program. After completing the program, she attended an open call audition, which gained her an agent.[1] She studied at the Alida Vocal Studio in Vancouver.[2]

Career[edit]

Rickards appeared in the video of the Nickelback single “Never Gonna Be Alone” in 2008 and, after some minor roles, was cast as Felicity Smoak in the TV series Arrow in 2012.[3] Originally signed as a one-episode guest star,[4] positive reaction from her co-star[5] and from Warner Brothers producer Peter Roth[6][7] before the show aired, led to her being signed on as a recurring star for the rest of show’s first season. The success of the character, coupled with positive fan response, led to her being made a series regular from the second season onwards.[4][8][9] The following year she landed the role of Lauren Phillips in the television movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.[10]

In 2015, she had a supporting role in the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn.[11]

In 2016, Rickards was cast in the movie Slumber, alongside Darby Stanchfield and Meaghan Rath.[12] In the same year she was also cast in Aisha Tyler‘s directorial debut, Axis, which raised funds through a Kickstarter campaign.[13]

Rickards also co-starred, alongside Josh Dallas and Tom Cavanagh in the super-hero themed short film Sidekick, directed by Arrowverse alum Jeff Cassidy.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Rickards at the 2013 Comic-Con

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Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Bacon and Eggs Dite Short film
2012 Flicka: Country Pride Mary Malone Direct-to-video
2012 Random Acts of Romance Young wife
2014 Dakota’s Summer Kristen Rose
2015 Normal Doors Meg Short film
2015 Brooklyn Patty McGuire
2016 Sidekick Emma/The Princess Short film
2017 Axis dagger Caitlin Voice, In post-production
2017 Slumber dagger Stevens In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012–present Arrow Felicity Smoak/Overwatch Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (season 2–present)
2013 Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story Lauren Phillps Television film
2014–16 Flash, TheThe Flash Felicity Smoak/Overwatch 6 episodes
2016–17 Legends of Tomorrow 3 episodes
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Becky Simmons Episode: “Joe Jonas Wears a Maroon and Gold Letterman Jacket With White Sneakers
2016 Superhero Fight Club 2.0 Felicity Smoak/Overwatch Short promo video

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Soldiers of the Apocalypse Fourty Main role, 8 episodes
2013 Arrow: Blood Rush Felicity Smoak/Overwatch Main role, 6 episodes
2015 Very Mallory Herself Voice, Episode: “Emily Bett Rickards”
2015 Vixen Felicity Smoak/Overwatch Voice, 2 episodes
2016 Paranormal Solutions Inc. Genevieve Kreme 8 episodes

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2009 Never Gonna Be Alone Nickelback

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Arrow Nominated
Teen Choice Award Female Breakout Star Nominated
2015 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated
MTV Fandom Awards: Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell) Won
Leo Award Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series The Flash Nominated
2016 MTV Fandom Awards: Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell) Arrow Won

Bree Williamson

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Bree Williamson

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Bree Williamson
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Other names Bree Roberts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Josh Evans (m. 2005; div. 2007)
Michael Roberts (m. 2008)
Children 1

Bree Williamson Roberts (born December 28, 1979) is a Canadian actress.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Bayview Glen School, she completed her education at the University of Toronto. She played the role of Jessica Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from February 5, 2003 until the series cancelation in 2012. The character is the daughter of original character Viki Lord Buchanan (played by Daytime Emmy Award-winner Erika Slezak since 1971), and gave Williamson the opportunity to portray Jessica’s alternate personalitiesTess“, from 2005 to 2006 and again starting in 2008 and 2011.

Williamson had previously auditioned for a role on OLTL but was rejected because of her resemblance to actress Erin Torpey, who was playing Jessica Buchanan on the show at the time. When Torpey resigned in January 2003, Williamson was remembered by the casting department and offered the role of Jessica.[citation needed]

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Williamson was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for the role of Jessica.[2] In 2009, Williamson appeared as Brandeis on Gossip Girl in the episode “The Grandfather: Part II”; she reprised the role in the 2010 episode “The Empire Strikes Jack”. In 2012, Williamson joined the cast of Haven as Dr. Claire Callahan for Season 3, which began airing in September 2012. In 2013, Williamson appeared in flashbacks as Vivian Banks, the murder victim in the NBC TV series Deception.[3]

In 2015, Williamson appeared as April Littleton, a famous photographer going back to her hometown, in Portrait of Love, which premiered on Hallmark Channel on March 7.[3] On May 26, 2016, it was announced that Williamson would originate the role of Claudette Beaulieu on July 5, 2016, on General Hospital.[4][5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

On December 29, 2005 Williamson married Josh Evans. In the July 3, 2007 edition of Soap Opera Digest, she announced that she and Evans had separated in June 2007; they later divorced. In the September 2006 issue of ABC Soaps in Depth, Williamson revealed she had just received her green card and proudly proclaimed, “Now you can’t kick me out!”[9]

In 2006 Williamson was a co-host for the Planned Parenthood Awards, which honor individuals and organizations for “their contributions to protecting women’s rights.”[10] She also appeared in a public service announcement for breast cancer awareness.[11][12] In 2008, Williamson married Michael Roberts.[13] On September 21, 2010, Williamson and Roberts welcomed their first child, McGreggor Edward Roberts.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Carol Anne Episode: “School’s Out”
2001 Doc Episode: “You Gotta Have Heart”
2001 Earth: Final Conflict Victim Episode: “Termination”
2002 Odyssey 5 Kid #2 Episode: “Kitten”
2002 Mutant X Miranda Davis Episode: “Crossroads of the Soul”
2002 National Lampoon’s Adam & Eve Andrea Film
2003–12 One Life to Live Jessica Buchanan Regular role (667 episodes)
2009 Gossip Girl Brandeis Episode: “The Grandfather: Part II”
2010 Gossip Girl Brandeis Episode: “The Empire Strikes Jack”
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Amber Donelli Episode: “Gods & Insects”
2012 Haven Claire Callahan Recurring role (season 3; 11 episodes)
2013 Deception Vivian Bowers Recurring role (6 episodes)
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Becca Sabin Episode: “Dead of the Class”
2013 Sins of the Preacher Debbie Martin Television movie
2014 True Detective Jennifer Episode: “The Locked Room”
2014 Hell’s Kitchen Herself Season 12 Episode 18: “5 Chefs Compete”
2015 A Mother Betrayed Lisa Television movie
2015 Chicago Fire Beth Pridgen Episodes: “Call It Paradise,” “Headlong Toward Disaster”
2015 Portrait of Love April Littleton Television movie (Hallmark Channel)
2016 General Hospital Claudette Beaulieu Recurring role
2017 Mommy’s Little Boy Briana Wilson Television movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2009 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series One Life to Live Nominated [15]
2010 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series One Life to Live Nominated [16]
2011 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series One Life to Live Nominated [17]

Jennifer Lien

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Jennifer Lien

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Jennifer Lien
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At the Generations II convention in 1996.
Born Jennifer Anne Lien
August 1974 (age 42)
Palos Heights, Illinois, U.S.
Education Professional Children’s School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990-2002
Spouse(s) Phil Hwang
Children 1

Jennifer Anne Lien (born August 1974)[1] is an American former actress, best known for playing the alien Kes on the television series Star Trek: Voyager.

Early life[edit]

Jennifer Lien was born in Illinois, the youngest of three children, and joined the Illinois Theatre Center at the age of 13.[1]

In a 1992 interview, Lien said: “My childhood was wild because I was very uncomfortable living where I lived (the South Side of Chicago). It was very industrial – if you didn’t fit in you got your ass kicked. I was just my own person, and I adopted this really tough skin because I had to if I wanted to survive. A lot of my friends were into drugs, and I saw a lot of them die.”[2] In a 1993 interview, Lien said:

When I was a little kid in Chicago, I always used to pretend I was somebody else. I wrote little plays, I was a tomboy, I hung out with the guys a lot. I never had much interest in hanging out with girls. I was always writing plays or watching movies or reading books, and when I was in seventh grade in junior high, I joined the drama club and found that I could fit right in, I could relax, I could do anything I wanted. I began to think I could make a difference, I could make people happy. I felt like I made the world just a little better for a while. Then, on the advice of an eighth grade teacher, I went to acting class, and then got an agent. I did industrial films and some theatre. Soon, casting directors started hiring me and then I got an interview with the people from AW. They liked me, asked me to come to New York, so here I am![3]

Career[edit]

Lien’s first television appearance was in a bubble gum commercial playing twins.[4] Her first appearance on a television series was as a music academy student in a 1990 episode of Brewster Place, starring Oprah Winfrey. The same year she provided her voice for the dubbed English language version of Baby Blood, a French horror film. Lien moved to New York in 1991 after she was cast as Hannah Moore on the series Another World. She attended and graduated from the Professional Children’s School while working on this series.[5]

In a 1992 interview, Lien said: “A couple of years ago, I was trying to get an audition for a baseball movie, so I said that I could play baseball. We’d always played a lot while I was growing up, like in the backyard. But when I showed up at the audition, I was faced with these Goliath-like, testosterone women who could really play. I did survive the two days of training and auditions, but I basically pulled every muscle in my body!”[6]

In 1993, Lien was cast as Roanne in Phenom, a sitcom starring Judith Light. She also participated in the recording of Adam Sandler’s comedy album They’re All Gonna Laugh At You in which she played the part of the Valedictorian on the track “The Buffoon And The Valedictorian”, as well as one of the daughters on the track “Oh, mom…”.[7]

In 1994, Lien was cast as Kes on Star Trek: Voyager. Her character is an Ocampan, a species in the Star Trek universe that lives for just 8 or 9 years, who joins the starship’s crew after it is stranded 70,000 light-years from Earth.[8]

In a 1995 interview, Lien said about Voyager co-star Ethan Phillips: “I’m so lucky that so many of my scenes are with Ethan. He’s such an incredibly talented guy, really great and so funny. He’s always making us laugh. It’s the best possible situation for an actress to play opposite him.”[9]

In a 1996 interview, Lien said about two of her Voyager co-stars: “I was working on a scene in Sickbay the other day with Kate and Bob Picardo, and they – they know what they’re doing. They’re both such good actors. I thought, ‘Oh, God, I’m so lucky to be here!’ I didn’t say anything to them because – I don’t know why I didn’t say anything. It’s probably just not the kind of thing you say to people. I was seeing talent, experience and wisdom in action, inventiveness and creativity happening in front of me. It’s a good job I have.”[10]

Richard Lutz wrote, “The medical personnel in Star Trek best embody the humane values embedded in this franchise; the most notable of which is Kes, thanks in large part to Jennifer Lien whose remarkable performance brought to life a beautiful child-like being (Ocampa) whose short lifespan and humanity reminds us that the most important element in a life worth living is a loving connection with our fellow human beings.”[11]

Lien’s Voyager contract was not renewed after season 3, to allow the budget for Jeri Ryan to join the cast as Seven of Nine. In 2000, Lien returned for a season 6 episode titled “Fury“, where she had input into the script.[12]

After Voyager, Lien appeared in the movie American History X as older sister Davina Vinyard alongside Edward Norton’s character Derek Vinyard. In 1998, she appeared in SLC Punk! playing Sandy, the wild girlfriend of Matthew Lillard’s character Stevo. She also voiced Agent “L” for the first three seasons of Men in Black: The Animated Series (1997-1999) and the first 7 episodes of the 2000 season.

Conventions[edit]

Lien has attended sci-fi conventions in relation to her role as Kes when she was working on Voyager and after her film career ended.

In a 1995 interview, Lien said the following about these conventions:

The conventions are something within themselves, a unique world. It’s a very different experience in that I can talk to other people involved in the world of Star Trek, like authors and actors from other Star Trek shows. I also get to meet people from other SF shows, because they tend to have guests from other series at the conventions I attend. The fans love the conventions, love meeting the people involved in their favorite shows. That makes you want to give them everything you can. I try to tell them what’s going on, share my laughter and tell them about the wonderful experience I’ve been having on Voyager. The feedback is just so positive. The fans seem to really like the show, and that’s good. If they have any negative feedback, they give it to me, too, which is fine. They’re usually pretty respectful, and they come up with things that are very interesting – positive and negative – and I get sucked into it.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lien is married to writer and filmmaker Phil Hwang; their son, Jonah, was born on September 5, 2002.[13] Upon the birth of her son, Lien retired from acting and voice-over work but was credited as executive producer on her husband’s 2008 film Geek Mythology.[14] In August 2010, Lien said she intended to work as a nutritionist after completing her studies.[12]

In a 2000 interview, Lien revealed that she liked every kind of music, and that she played the trombone, which she started in high school.[1] She said she supported charities helping people with AIDS and had worked with Camp 40, of which she said: “I want to be doing what I can for people who need it.”[1]

Legal issues[edit]

In July 2012, Lien was arrested for an alleged domestic assault.[15] In April 2015, she was arrested and charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in relation to a speeding offense.[16] In September 2015, Lien was arrested again for two counts of misdemeanor exposure in relation to an argument with a neighbor.[17][18] In February 2016, Lien paid restitution for a police cruiser damaged in the April 2015 incident, and the state agreed to a six-month deferral of the 2015 charges so she could continue to receive mental health treatment.[19] In March 2016, Lien was charged with DUI.[20] In November 2016, charges relating to the 2015 offences were dismissed because Lien paid restitution for damaging the police cruiser and good behavior.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Baby Blood Yanka (voice) Voice-over debut
1998 American History X Davina Vinyard
1998 Hoofboy N/A Short (18 min)
1998 The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride Adult Vitani Uncredited
1998 SLC Punk! Sandy
2001 Rubbernecking Nurse

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Brewster Place Music Academy Student Episode: “One Small Step at a Time”
1991–1992 Another World Hannah Moore Unknown episodes
1993–1994 Phenom Roanne 22 episodes
1994 The Critic Valerie Fox Episode: “The Pilot”
1995 Inside the New Adventure: Star Trek – Voyager Herself TV special
1995–1997, 1998 (2 eps), 2000 (1 ep) Star Trek: Voyager Kes 68 episodes (regular cast member 1995-1997)
1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Movie Actress (voice) Episode: “Apocalypse Not”
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Elise (voice) Episode: “Eclipse”
1996 Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond Herself / Kes TV special
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Inza Nelson (voice) Episode: “The Hand of Fate”
1997–2000 Men in Black: The Series Elle (voice) 40 episodes
1998 Spawn Merrick (voice) Episode: “Hellzapoppin”
2003 Battle Force: Andromeda Alora (voice, rumored) 2 episodes

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
Pre 1992 Androcles and the Lion Lavinia Illinois Theatre Center
Pre 1992 Edmund Glenna Illinois Theatre Center
Pre 1992 Emergency Room Shiela Brooks Illinois Theatre Center
Pre 1992 Othello Bianca Illinois Theatre Center
Pre 1992 The Tempest Miranda Illinois Theatre Center
Pre 1992 Show Boat N/A Illinois Theatre Center
Pre 1992 When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? Cheryl Illinois Theatre Center

Jama Williamson

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Jama Williamson

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Jama Williamson
Born (1974-03-12) March 12, 1974 (age 43)[1]
Evansville, Indiana
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Jama Williamson (born March 12, 1974 in Evansville, Indiana) is an American actress. She was active in New York City theater throughout the early 2000s, during which she appeared in such shows as Avery Crozier’s Eat the Runt, Hunt Holman’s Spanish Girl, A. R. Gurney‘s Sylvia and Simon Mendes da Costa‘s Losing Louis. She also appeared in an Off Broadway musical adaptation of the pornographic film Debbie Does Dallas, and she is featured in the show’s original cast recording soundtrack.

Williamson has appeared in such shows as Law & Order, Numb3rs and Chappelle’s Show, and her voice was featured in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In 2005, Williamson was cast as the wife of James Van Der Beek in the CBS sitcom pilot Three, which was ultimately not picked up. Since 2009, she has made regular guest appearances on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation as Wendy Haverford, the ex-wife of regular character Tom Haverford, played by Aziz Ansari.

Career[edit]

Theater[edit]

Jama Williamson was active in New York City theater throughout the early 2000s, during which time she was represented by the Paradigm Talent Agency.[2] In 2000, she appeared in Eat the Runt, a comedy by Avery Crozier about a job applicant’s series of bizarre interviews at an art museum. During this production, by Mefisto Theater Company at Altered Stages, the actors had to be prepared to play every role in the play and, before each show, the audience Drew tickets which determined what actors play which characters. The New York Times reviewer Lawrence Van Gelder said the gimmick was novel, but in the end, “the cast has probably had more sustained fun than the audience”.[3] In the summer of 2001, Williamson again appeared in Eat the Runt at The American Place Theatre, this time without the constant role switching. She played a second applicant trying to get the museum job, who claims the protagonist is actually her scorned love interest who is only pretending to seek the job in order to hurt her chances.[4][5] In the summer of 2002, she appeared in an Off Broadway production of Hunt Holman’s Spanish Girl at the Second Stage Theatre. The show was about a college student who had a summer fling relationship with a 15-year-old girl, then tries to end it. Williamson played Jolene, the strong-willed college girlfriend of the protagonist, who does not know about his affair.[6] New York Daily News writer Robert Dominguez praised her “strong performance”.[7] Marjorie Gunner of New York Voice called Williamson a scene-stealer, and said she played the role “like the center of gravity”.[8]

Jama Williamson appeared in the 2002 Off Broadway stage musical adaption of the 1978 pornographic film Debbie Does Dallas, which was shown at the Jane Street Theater starting October 2002. She played Roberta, one of Debbie’s attractive young friends who perform sexual services for money.[9] Williamson, along with other female members of the cast, was praised by The New York Times theater critic Bruce Weber as “for lack of a better word, adorable”, and appeared to be “having great fun while they wait for better jobs”.[10] During the show, she performs a sexually-themed duet called “Make That Candle Work for You”, in which Roberta and her boss sing at the candle store where Roberta works. During the song, girls dance with candles shaped like erect penises.[11][12] The song was sung by Williamson in the Debbie Does Dallas Original Cast Recording soundtrack, which was released on compact disc in 2003. Her singing voice, along with those of the rest of the cast, was praised in a Los Angeles Times review.[13] From October to November 2003, Williamson played the title role in Sylvia, a comedy by A. R. Gurney, at Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The show was about a dog (played by a human) named Sylvia who is adopted by a couple, which creates drama in their relationship. Irene Backalenick of the Connecticut Post said of Williamson’s performance, “Jama Williamson is just not doggy enough, playing it more like a petulant teen-ager. She is really convincing as Sylvia the dog only when she lies down, putting her chin on Greg’s knee.”[14]

Starting in October 2006, Williamson played Bella Holland, the office assistant and mistress of a married man, in a production of the English Simon Mendes da Costa play Losing Louis, which played at the Manhattan Theatre Club.[15][16] The show opened with a controversial scene in which the protagonist performs oral sex on Williamson’s character while his six-year-old son hides under the bed.[17][18] The show received largely negative reviews,[19][20][21] Williamson herself received mixed critiques. The New York Times writer Charles Isherwood said Williamson was one of the stronger cast members, but added, “the actors cannot do much to freshen the coarse innuendoes or breathe life into the plot contrivances”.[22] Elysa Gardner, of USA Today, said Williamson added “dynamic support” to the show.[23] North Jersey Media Group critic Robert Feldberg, who was critical of the show, said her performance was amateurish and reminded him of “middling community theater.” However, Feldberg said other more experienced actors were similarly bad in the show, so Williamson’s faults can be blamed in part on the director.[24] Backstage said Williamson and other cast members “fail to register in any credible way”.[25]

Television[edit]

Williamson has appeared in several television shows, including the NBC legal drama Law & Order and the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show, starring Dave Chappelle. She also appeared as a jogger in the 2005 independent comedy drama film Duane Hopwood,[26] and provided voices for pedestrian characters in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[27] Starting in the mid-2000s, Williamson began appearing more frequently in television. In 2005, Williamson was cast as one of the three leads in a CBS Paramount Network Television pilot for the sitcom Three, in which she played Annie, the wife of a character played by James Van Der Beek. The show revolved around the happily married couple and their recently divorced male friend, played by Zachary Levi. The pilot was never sold.[2][28]

In early 2007, Williamson gave an appearance in a pilot episode of the sitcom Rules of Engagement. Although the series was picked up by CBS, the episode featuring Williamson never aired.[29] Williamson appeared in “Democracy“, a third season episode of the CBS drama series Numb3rs, which originally aired on March 9, 2007. In the episode, she played Jane Aliano, a woman who gets kidnapped as the result of a voter fraud conspiracy that led to a series of murders throughout the episode.[30]

Starting in May 2009, Williamson began making regular appearances in the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation as Wendy Haverford, the wife of regular character Tom Haverford, played by Aziz Ansari.[31] Wendy is an attractive and well-liked surgeon, and many in the show wonder why she is interested in the sarcastic and overeager Tom. It is eventually revealed the two characters have a green card marriage to prevent Wendy from being deported to Canada.[32][33] Williamson first appeared in the first season finale “Rock Show“, but made regular appearances throughout the second season. Wendy and Tom amicably separate after the December 2009 episode “Tom’s Divorce“,[34] but she continued to make appearances afterward.[35][36]

Williamson portrayed, Nora the mother of Loren Tate (Brittany Underwood), on the 2012 TeenNick series Hollywood Heights. In 2016, Williamson played the recurring role of Principal Mullins on the Nickelodeon comedy series School of Rock; her role was upped to series regular for the series’ second season.[37]

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FILMOLOGY:

2017 BROOKLYN 99 (TV SERIES) YOUNG GIRL

2017 I’M DYING UP HERE (TV SERIES) PAM

2017 ELOISE AT LARGE (SHORT) ELOISE

2017 FEUD (TV SERIES) MAKEUP ARTIST

2017 HAND OF GOD (TV SERIES) RHONDA CARTER

2016 BELLA AND THE BULLDOGS (TV SERIES) SUPER FAN

2015 TMI TAXI (TV SERIES) VERONICA

2015 CRAZY EX GIRLFRIEND (TV SERIES) FRENCH WOMAN

2015 YOUR’RE THE WORST (TV SERIES) NERD

2015 THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE SUZIE

2014  HAPPYLAND (TV SERIES) KIKI

2014 WHAT WE LIVE FOR (TV SERIES) OLIVIA

2014 THE NEW GIRL (TV SERIES) FILTHY YOGA GIRL

2013 BEYOND VALENTINE (SHORT) CINDY MATTER

2013 UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA: SO GOOD AT BEING IN TROUBLE (SHORT)

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2012 HOLIDAY HIGH SCHOOL REUNION MODEL

 

 

Sujata Day

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Sujata Day

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Sujata Day
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Born Sujata DeChoudhury
(1984-06-27) June 27, 1984 (age 32)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Other names Sujata Ray
Occupation Actress, model, screenwriter

Sujata DeChoudhury (born June 27, 1984),[1] credited professionally as Sujata Day, is an Indian-American actress, model[2] and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of a mechanical engineer and housewife, Sujata became involved in the performing arts at a very young age. She began with dance (ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and East Indian folk and classical dance) and then became equally interested in acting, singing and musical theater. She continued to study and perform in school and community productions before heading west to pursue a professional acting career in Hollywood.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Sujata has appeared in a wide variety of television shows such as The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Campus Ladies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 7th Heaven, Greek, and The Loop.[3] In 2007, she played a supporting role in the Warner Bros.-produced Sublime. She can be seen alongside Danny Glover and Snoop Doggy Dogg in the independent film Down for Life which premiered to rave reviews at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.[citation needed]

In 2009 she appeared in the horror/comedy film The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu,[4] which screened at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival.[5][6]

She starred as CeCe in the web comedy series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.[7][8] She currently stars on Rae’s HBO series, Insecure.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film and TV[edit]

Year Production title Role Notes and awards
2003 An American Idol Christmas Script Coordinator
2003 Russkie v Gorode Angelov Tiffany
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Shy Girl
2004 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno East Indian Girl
2004 Weapon of Mass Destruction The Virgin
2006 Alien Secrets Leena Gupta
2006 7th Heaven Student
2006 The Underground Dancer
2007 Campus Ladies Hot Girl
2007 The Loop Veronica
2007 Greek College Student
2007 Sublime Quechan Indian Girl
2007 The Hills Sujata Ray
2008 Kalifornia Sujata Ray
2009 Down for Life Melissa
2009 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Student
2009 The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu Stacy Rahman
2011 The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl CeCe
2012 The Guild Sula
2013 Arrested Development Flight Attendant
2014 Naked Problems Jessie
2014 Words With Girls Ari
2014 Larry & Lucy Lucy
2015 Big Breakin’ Vanessa
2015 Namaste, Bitches Trina
2015 The Grinder Dawn
2016 Insecure

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Allison Williams (actress)

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Williams during an interview in New York City‘s Washington Square Park in July 2012
Born (1988-04-13) April 13, 1988 (age 29)
New Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University (BA, 2010)
Occupation Actress, comedian, singer
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Ricky Van Veen (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Brian Williams
Jane Gillan Stoddard

Allison Williams (born April 13, 1988)[1] is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She is best known for her role as Marnie Michaels on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and her critically acclaimed performance in the horror film Get Out. She is the daughter of former NBC anchorman Brian Williams.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut,[2] and is the daughter of former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams[3] and Jane Gillan Stoddard, a TV producer. She attended New Canaan Country School, and Greenwich Academy,[4] then graduated from Yale University in 2010.[3] While at Yale, Williams was a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years,[5] as well as being a part of the YouTube series College Musical,[6] and was inducted by St. Elmo.[7]

Career[edit]

In 2010, Williams performed a mashup of “Nature Boy” set to RJD2‘s “A Beautiful Mine”, the theme song for the television series Mad Men.[8] The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet,[9] and convinced Judd Apatow that she should be given a part in the HBO series Girls.[3] She was cast shortly after and credited her experience at Just Add Water for passing the audition.[5][10] Girls premiered on April 15, 2012.

Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton,[3] with English actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[11] Williams appeared as Danielle in an episode of the third season of The League titled “The Guest Bong.”

Williams has appeared as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.[12][13]

On December 4, 2014 she starred in the title role on NBC‘s live television presentation of the musical Peter Pan Live![14] Premiering in November 2016, Williams appeared in Past Forward, a short film collaboration between David O. Russell and Prada.

In 2017, Williams starred in the hit horror film Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Williams began dating Ricky Van Veen, the co-founder of CollegeHumor, in 2011. They became engaged in 2014[16] and married on September 19, 2015 in a private ceremony at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming.[17] Tom Hanks officiated the ceremony.[18]

She and her husband live in Chelsea, New York, New York.[19][20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Past Forward Woman #1 Short film
2017 Get Out Rose Armitage

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Dreams Deborah 2 episodes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Kate Middleton 4 episodes; also writer
2011–2012 Jake and Amir Cheryl 2 episodes
2011 League, TheThe League Danielle Episode: “The Guest Bong”
2012–2017 Girls Marnie Michaels Main cast
2013 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Jillian 3 episodes
2014 Peter Pan Live! Peter Pan Television special
2015 The Simpsons Candace’s friend (voice) Episode: “Every Man’s Dream

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2016 Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Girls Nominated [21]
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Get Out Pending [22]

Danielle Nicolet

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Danielle Nicolet

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Danielle Nicolet
Born Danielle Diggs
(1973-11-24) November 24, 1973 (age 43)
Ashtabula, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1990–present

Danielle Nicolet (born November 24, 1973) is an American actress, best known for her roles on television.

Life and career[edit]

Nicolet was born Danielle Diggs in Ashtabula, Ohio.[1] Nicolet began acting in the early 1990s, appearing in a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Family Matters. In 1996, she landed the role of Caryn on the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, a role she would reprise through 2001. In 2005, Nicolet starred in the short-lived UPN sitcom Second Time Around. Entertainment Weekly named her the network’s “breakout star.” in review.[2] After the series was canceled, she co-starred on the TNT medical drama, Heartland. That following year, Nicolet had regular role in the USA Network comedy-drama, The Starter Wife starring Debra Messing, the series also was canceled after one season. Nicolet has also guest starred on episodes of Stargate SG-1, Angel, The Bernie Mac Show, All of Us, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Warehouse 13.

Nicolet appeared in various films including a small role as Samuel L. Jackson‘s character’s teenage daughter in Loaded Weapon 1 (1990). She later had roles in Melting Pot (1998), opposite Paul Rodriguez and A Wonderful Night in Split (2004). In 2009, Nicolet starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the thriller Ticking Clock (2009). In 2011, she co-starred in the Syfy original film, Red Faction: Origins, based on the video game. She also voiced Shaundi in Saints Row: The Third and continued to voice her in Saints Row IV and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell. In 2013, she starred in the short-lived ABC comedy series, Family Tools. She later had the recurring role on the BET comedy series, The Game, and guest starred on Elementary and The Flash.

In 2015, Nicolet was cast in the leading role in the TV One first original comedy-drama series, Born Again Virgin.[3][4] She also played the female lead, opposite Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, in the action comedy film Central Intelligence, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Verla Television film
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Debbie Luger
1996 The Prince High Class Hooker
1996 Fall Into Darkness Tracey Television film
1996 Where Truth Lies Lisa
1998 Shadow of Doubt Cheryl
1998 Melting Pot Deuandranice
1999 Ghost Soldier
2000 Child 2 Man Freebe
2002 A Light in the Forest Britta Rinegelt
2004 A Wonderful Night in Split Jeanie
2006 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Whitney Weddings
2006 The Bliss Daisy Free
2009 Knuckle Draggers Renee
2009 Ticking Clock Gina Hicks
2011 Red Faction: Origins Tess Television film
2013 Wrestling with Parenthood Regina Tybor Short film
2014 All Stars Kim Lockemer
2016 Central Intelligence Maggie
2016 Believe Sharon Joseph
2017 Deidra & Laney Rob a Train Marigold Netflix movie
2017 Acrimony Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991–92 Family Matters Vonda Mahoney 3 episodes
1995 Step by Step Rita Episode: “Head of the Class”
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Sara Gilbey Episode: “Murder by the Busload”
1996–2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Caryn Recurring role, 45 episodes
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Sharon’s friend Episode: “Number One with a Bullet”
1998 In the House Dianna Episode: “Mr. Hill Goes to New York”
1998 Brimstone Madeline Fuller Episode: “Slayer”
1999 Moesha Melanie Trottman Episode: “Ohmigod, Fanatic”
1999 Grown Ups Veronica Richmond Episode: “Bachelor Auction”
2000 Undressed Cory 3 episodes
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2009
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jennifer Riggs / Rhonda 2 episodes
2002 Stargate SG-1 Reese Episode: “Menace”
2002 For the People Lane Carhart Episode: “Racing Form”
2003 Half & Half Sammi Episode: “The Big Butting in Episode”
2004 Angel Tamika Episode: “Harm’s Way”
2004–05 Second Time Around Paula Series regular, 13 episodes
2004–05 The Bernie Mac Show Cheryl 3 episodes
2006 Crumbs Heide Episode: “Sleeping with the Enemiesy”
2006 So NoTORIous Janey Episode: “Relaxed”
2007 The Weekend Debbie Pilot
2007 All of Us Jill 3 episodes
2007 Heartland Nurse Mary Singletary Series regular, 9 episodes
2008 The Starter Wife Liz Marsh Series regular, episodes
2009 Brothers Amara 2 episodes
2010 Marry Me Candace Miniseries
2011–12 Marvel Anime: X-Men Ororo Munroe / Storm Voice role, 12 episodes
English version
2011 The Protector Adrian Marsh Episode: “Wings”
2012 Warehouse 13 Deb Stanley Episode: “Endless Wonder”
2012–15 Key & Peele Wife #2 / Andrea / Girlfriend 3 episodes
2013–15 Naruto Shippuden Karui Voice role
English version
2013 Family Tools Lisa “Stitch” Bichette Series regular, 10 episodes
2013 Elementary Jennifer Sayles Episode: “Ancient History”
2014 Good Session Andrea Pilot
2014–15 The Game Yana 9 episodes
2015–17 The Flash Cecile Horton 7 episodes
2015–16 Born Again Virgin Jenna Series regular, 22 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 Sonnet, Additional Voices
2011 Saints Row: The Third Shaundi
2012 Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Ororo Munroe/Storm, Natalia Alianovna Romanova/Black Widow
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
Marvel Heroes Ororo Munroe/Storm, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Saints Row IV Shaundi
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Ororo Munroe/Storm, Gamora, Maria Hill, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
2015 Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Shaundi
Mortal Kombat X Jacqui Briggs, Sareena

Kimberly Elise

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Kimberly Elise

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Kimberly Elise
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Born Kimberly Elise Trammel
(1967-04-17) April 17, 1967 (age 50)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Maurice Oldham (m. 1989–2005)
Children 2
Website www.kimberlyelise.com

Kimberly Elise Trammel (born April 17, 1967), professionally known as Kimberly Elise, is an American film and television actress. She made her feature film debut in Set It Off (1996), and later received critical acclaim for her performance in Beloved (1998).

During her career, Elise has appeared in films such as John Q. (2001), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Great Debaters (2007), For Colored Girls (2010), and Dope (2015). She received a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in the 2004 drama film, Woman Thou Art Loosed, and played the leading roles in a number of made for television movies. Elise also starred in the CBS crime drama series, Close to Home (2005–07), and in 2013 began starring in the VH1 comedy-drama series, Hit the Floor.

Early life[edit]

Elise was born as Kimberly Elise Trammel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Erma Jean (née Johnson), an elementary school teacher, and Marvin Trammel, who owns an executive search firm.[1][2] She has three siblings. She attended The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow and at the University of Minnesota earned a BA in Mass Communications.[3]

Career[edit]

Elise’s first film was Set It Off (1996), in which she played one of four women who resort to robbing a bank for money. Her big break came in 1997 when she was cast in the Family Channel original television movie The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, based on the Pulitzer-prize nominated and critically acclaimed 1995 memoir The Ditchdigger’s Daughters: A Black Family’s Astonishing Success Story, written by Yvonne S. Thornton and Jo Coudert. She received critical acclaim for her role in this film, and in 1997, she was recognized as Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries at the 19th annual CableACE Awards. A relative unknown at the time, she conveyed her anonymity upon receiving the award by saying: “Who is Kimberly Elise?” Her performance helped her land a role the next year in Beloved alongside Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She is often compared to a young Cicely Tyson, whom she resembles.

She made guest appearances on the situation comedy Girlfriends in 2003, in which she played an HIV-positive woman.

In 2004, she appeared in Woman Thou Art Loosed portraying Michelle, an abused young woman who finally got the help she needed behind bars. This role won her a Black Reel award for Best Actress. She also appeared in John Q, The Manchurian Candidate and Diary of a Mad Black Woman (she won a NAACP Image Award for the latter). From 2005 to 2007, she was part of the main cast of the CBS crime drama Close to Home, playing the Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) prosecutor Maureen Scofield. Her character was killed off in the last episode of the series. The series was cancelled on May 2007.

Her most recent film role was in Tyler Perry‘s For Colored Girls (2010), as the battered wife Crystal. While the film itself received mixed to negative reviews,[4] her performance was praised by many critics. One journalist described her as “the great lost Best Supporting Actress contender of the 2010 season”.[5] Since 2013 Kimberly is part of the cast of VH1‘s new series Hit The Floor.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Elise was married to Maurice Oldham from 1989 to 2005. The couple had two daughters, Ajableu Arial Oldham (born March 16, 1990) and Butterfly Rose Oldham (born October 19, 1998). Maurice Oldham died from a “massive blood clot” in 2007.

Elise’s maternal descent is of the Songhai people. Elise is vegan and has worked with PETA to promote the lifestyle.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Set It Off Tisean ‘T.T.’ Williams
1997 The Ditchdigger’s Daughters Jeanette Television film
CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1998 Beloved Denver Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2000 The Loretta Claiborne Story Loretta Claiborne Television film
2000 Bait Lisa Hill
2001 Bojangles Fannie Television film
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2002 John Q Denise Archibald Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed Michelle Jordan Black Reel Award for Best Independent Film Actress
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Eugenie Rose Nominated – BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Helen Simmons-McCarter BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2007 Pride Sue Carter
2007 The Great Debaters Pearl Farmer
2009 Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Sonya Carson Television film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
MovieGuide Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Prism Award for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
2010 For Colored Girls Crystal Wallace / Lady in Brown African-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2011 Ties That Bind Theresa Harper
2012 Highland Park Toni
2012 Hannah’s Law Stagecoach Mary
2013 Event 15 Blau
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Janelle Television film
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – TV Movie or Mini-Series
2014 Apple Mortgage Cake Angela Television film
2015 Dope Lisa Hayes
2015 Back to School Mom Mary Thomas
2016 Hellbent Karina McCallum
2016 Confirmation[9] Sonia Jarvis
2016 Almost Christmas[10] Cheryl Meyers Release date November 11, 2016
2017 Death Wish Detective Jackson Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Newton’s Apple Bile duct supervisor Episode “Jungle Survival/Liver/Emus”
1995 In the House Roulette Episode “Nanna Don’t Play”
1996 The Sentinel Candace Blake Episode “Black or White”
2002 The Twilight Zone Jasmine Gardens / Police Detective Episode “Another Life
2003 Girlfriends Reesie Jackson Episodes ” The Fast Track & the Furious”, “The Pact”
2002–2003 Soul Food Estella Episodes “Falling from Grace”, “Emotional Collateral”
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2005–2007 Close to Home Maureen Scofield Series regular, 43 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
2007 Private Practice Angie Paget Episode “In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole”
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Tilly Vee TV mini-series
2009 Grey’s Anatomy Dr. Swender Episodes “Here’s to Future Days”, “Sweet Surrender”, ” Elevator Love Letter”
2011 Hawthorne Episode “A Shot in the Dark”
2013–present Hit The Floor Sloane Hayes Series regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

Acapulco Black Film Festival

  • 1999: Nominated – Best Actress for Beloved (1998)

African-American Film Critics Association

    • 2010: Won – Best Supporting Actress for For Colored Girls

Black Reel Awards

  • 2002: Won – Best Supporting Actress for Bojangles (2001)
  • 2003: Nominated – Best Actress for John Q (2002)
  • 2005: Nominated – Best Supporting Actress for The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • 2005: Won – Best Actress, Independent Film for Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
  • 2006: Won – Best Actress for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
  • 2011: Nominated – Best Actress for For Colored Girls
  • 2011: Won – Outstanding Ensemble for For Colored Girls

CableACE Award

  • 1997: Won – Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for The Ditchdigger’s Daughters (1997)

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • 1999: Won – Most Promising Actress for Beloved (1998)
  • 1999: Nominated – Best Supporting Actress for Beloved (1998)

Golden Satellite Awards

  • 1999: Won – Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Drama for Beloved (1998)

NAACP Image Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

  • 2005: Nominated – Best Female Lead for Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)