TESSA THOMPSON

The amazing actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of Afro-Panamanian ancestry and her mother is of Mexican…
Actress (54 credits)
  Lady and the Tramp (filming)
Lady (voice)
 2018 Creed II (post-production)
Bianca
 2016-2018 Westworld (TV Series)
Charlotte Hale

The Passenger (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Vanishing Point (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Kiksuya (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Les Écorchés (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Phase Space (2018) … Charlotte Hale
 2018 Dear White People (TV Series)
Rikki Carter

Volume 2: Chapter X (2018) … Rikki Carter
Volume 2: Chapter V (2018) … Rikki Carter
 2018 Little Woods
Ollie
 2018 Janelle Monáe: Pynk (Video short)
Tessa Thompson
 2018 Portlandia (TV Series)
Bailey

Rose Route (2018) … Bailey
 2018 Furlough
Nicole Stevens
 2018 Janelle Monáe: Make Me Feel (Video short)
Tessa Thompson
 2018 Annihilation
Josie Radek
 2018 Sorry to Bother You
Detroit
 2017 Thor: Ragnarok
Valkyrie
 2017 Jay-Z: Moonlight (Short)
Monica
 2017 South Dakota
Chris
 2016/I Salt Water
Brit
 2016 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Taneisha

Love And/Or Marriage (2016) … Taneisha (voice)
 2016 War on Everyone
Jackie Hollis
 2015 Creed
Bianca
 2014 Caught a Ghost: Get Your Life (Video short)
 2014 Selma
Diane Nash
 2014 Points of Origin (Short)
Rosemary
 2014 Grantham & Rose
Wallis
 2014 Dear White People
Samantha White
 2012-2013 Copper (TV Series)
Sara Freeman

The Place I Called My Home (2013) … Sara Freeman
Beautiful Dreamer (2013) … Sara Freeman
Good Heart and Willing Hand (2013) … Sara Freeman
The Fine Ould Irish Gintleman (2013) … Sara Freeman
Think Gently of the Erring (2013) … Sara Freeman
 2013 Automotive
Maggie
 2012-2013 666 Park Avenue (TV Series)
Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran

Sins of the Fathers (2013) … Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran
The Comfort of Death (2013) … Sasha Doran / Laurel Harris
Hypnos (2012) … Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran
Diabolic (2012) … Laurel Harris
A Crowd of Demons (2012) … Laurel Harris
 2012 Murder on the 13th Floor
Nia Palmer
 2011/II Periphery
Caitlin
 2011 Red & Blue Marbles
Becca
 2011 Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series)
FBI Agent Anna Farrell

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (2011) … FBI Agent Anna Farrell
 2010-2011 Detroit 1-8-7 (TV Series)
Lauren Washington

Blackout (2011) … Lauren Washington
Home Invasion/Drive-By (2010) … Lauren Washington
Local Hero/Overboard (2010) … Lauren Washington
 2011 Off the Map (TV Series)
Sydney

A Doctor Time Out (2011) … Sydney
 2010 Betwixt (TV Movie)
Jenny
 2010 For Colored Girls
Nyla / Purple
 2010/I Exquisite Corpse
Liz
 2010 Blue Belle (TV Series)
Blue

Komshe Thunderfuck (2010) … Blue
Goin’ to Vegas (2010) … Blue
Your Whack Off Fantasy (2010) … Blue
Apple (2010) … Blue
 2010 Everyday Black Man
Claire
 2009 Three Rivers (TV Series)
Penelope Kirkell

A Roll of the Dice (2009) … Penelope Kirkell
 2009 Heroes (TV Series)
Rebecca Taylor

Chapter Eight ‘Shadowboxing’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
Chapter Six ‘Strange Attractors’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
Chapter Four ‘Hysterical Blindness’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
 2009 Private Practice (TV Series)
Zoe Salter

Strange Bedfellows (2009) … Zoe Salter
Yours, Mine & Ours (2009) … Zoe Salter
 2009 Mental (TV Series)
Lainey Jefferson

Lines in the Sand (2009) … Lainey Jefferson
 2009 Mississippi Damned
Kari Peterson
 2008 Life (TV Series)
Liza

Trapdoor (2008) … Liza
 2008 The Human Contract
Waitress
 2008 Make It Happen
Dana
 2007 Hidden Palms (TV Series)
Nikki Barnes

Second Chances (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Stand by Your Woman (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Dangerous Liaisons (2007) … Nikki Barnes
What Liza Beneath (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Mulligan (2007) … Nikki Barnes
 2006 The Initiation of Sarah (TV Movie)
Esme
 2006 Grey’s Anatomy (TV Series)
Camille Travis

Losing My Religion (2006) … Camille Travis
Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response (2006) … Camille Travis
 2005-2006 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Jackie Cook

Not Pictured (2006) … Jackie Cook
Happy Go Lucky (2006) … Jackie Cook
Look Who’s Stalking (2006) … Jackie Cook
Nevermind the Buttocks (2006) … Jackie Cook
I Am God (2006) … Jackie Cook (credit only)
 2006 When a Stranger Calls
Scarlet
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Wilhemina ‘Billie’ Doucette

Best Friends (2005) … Wilhemina ‘Billie’ Doucette
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TESSA THOMPSON

The amazing actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of Afro-Panamanian ancestry and her mother is of Mexican…
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Actress (54 credits)
  Lady and the Tramp (filming)
Lady (voice)
 2018 Creed II (post-production)
Bianca
 2016-2018 Westworld (TV Series)
Charlotte Hale

The Passenger (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Vanishing Point (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Kiksuya (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Les Écorchés (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Phase Space (2018) … Charlotte Hale
 2018 Dear White People (TV Series)
Rikki Carter

Volume 2: Chapter X (2018) … Rikki Carter
Volume 2: Chapter V (2018) … Rikki Carter
 2018 Little Woods
Ollie
 2018 Janelle Monáe: Pynk (Video short)
Tessa Thompson
 2018 Portlandia (TV Series)
Bailey

Rose Route (2018) … Bailey
 2018 Furlough
Nicole Stevens
 2018 Janelle Monáe: Make Me Feel (Video short)
Tessa Thompson
 2018 Annihilation
Josie Radek
 2018 Sorry to Bother You
Detroit
 2017 Thor: Ragnarok
Valkyrie
 2017 Jay-Z: Moonlight (Short)
Monica
 2017 South Dakota
Chris
 2016/I Salt Water
Brit
 2016 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Taneisha

Love And/Or Marriage (2016) … Taneisha (voice)
 2016 War on Everyone
Jackie Hollis
 2015 Creed
Bianca
 2014 Caught a Ghost: Get Your Life (Video short)
 2014 Selma
Diane Nash
 2014 Points of Origin (Short)
Rosemary
 2014 Grantham & Rose
Wallis
 2014 Dear White People
Samantha White
 2012-2013 Copper (TV Series)
Sara Freeman

The Place I Called My Home (2013) … Sara Freeman
Beautiful Dreamer (2013) … Sara Freeman
Good Heart and Willing Hand (2013) … Sara Freeman
The Fine Ould Irish Gintleman (2013) … Sara Freeman
Think Gently of the Erring (2013) … Sara Freeman
 2013 Automotive
Maggie
 2012-2013 666 Park Avenue (TV Series)
Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran

Sins of the Fathers (2013) … Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran
The Comfort of Death (2013) … Sasha Doran / Laurel Harris
Hypnos (2012) … Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran
Diabolic (2012) … Laurel Harris
A Crowd of Demons (2012) … Laurel Harris
 2012 Murder on the 13th Floor
Nia Palmer
 2011/II Periphery
Caitlin
 2011 Red & Blue Marbles
Becca
 2011 Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series)
FBI Agent Anna Farrell

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (2011) … FBI Agent Anna Farrell
 2010-2011 Detroit 1-8-7 (TV Series)
Lauren Washington

Blackout (2011) … Lauren Washington
Home Invasion/Drive-By (2010) … Lauren Washington
Local Hero/Overboard (2010) … Lauren Washington
 2011 Off the Map (TV Series)
Sydney

A Doctor Time Out (2011) … Sydney
 2010 Betwixt (TV Movie)
Jenny
 2010 For Colored Girls
Nyla / Purple
 2010/I Exquisite Corpse
Liz
 2010 Blue Belle (TV Series)
Blue

Komshe Thunderfuck (2010) … Blue
Goin’ to Vegas (2010) … Blue
Your Whack Off Fantasy (2010) … Blue
Apple (2010) … Blue
 2010 Everyday Black Man
Claire
 2009 Three Rivers (TV Series)
Penelope Kirkell

A Roll of the Dice (2009) … Penelope Kirkell
 2009 Heroes (TV Series)
Rebecca Taylor

Chapter Eight ‘Shadowboxing’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
Chapter Six ‘Strange Attractors’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
Chapter Four ‘Hysterical Blindness’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
 2009 Private Practice (TV Series)
Zoe Salter

Strange Bedfellows (2009) … Zoe Salter
Yours, Mine & Ours (2009) … Zoe Salter
 2009 Mental (TV Series)
Lainey Jefferson

Lines in the Sand (2009) … Lainey Jefferson
 2009 Mississippi Damned
Kari Peterson
 2008 Life (TV Series)
Liza

Trapdoor (2008) … Liza
 2008 The Human Contract
Waitress
 2008 Make It Happen
Dana
 2007 Hidden Palms (TV Series)
Nikki Barnes

Second Chances (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Stand by Your Woman (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Dangerous Liaisons (2007) … Nikki Barnes
What Liza Beneath (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Mulligan (2007) … Nikki Barnes
 2006 The Initiation of Sarah (TV Movie)
Esme
 2006 Grey’s Anatomy (TV Series)
Camille Travis

Losing My Religion (2006) … Camille Travis
Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response (2006) … Camille Travis
 2005-2006 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Jackie Cook

Not Pictured (2006) … Jackie Cook
Happy Go Lucky (2006) … Jackie Cook
Look Who’s Stalking (2006) … Jackie Cook
Nevermind the Buttocks (2006) … Jackie Cook
I Am God (2006) … Jackie Cook (credit only)
 2006 When a Stranger Calls
Scarlet
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Wilhemina ‘Billie’ Doucette

Best Friends (2005) … Wilhemina ‘Billie’ Doucette

TESSA THOMPSON

The amazing actress Tessa Lynne Thompson was born on October 3, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, in the United States. She was raised by her parents Marc Anthony and her mother in Los Angeles before she moved to Brooklyn in New York. Tessa is of mixed ethnic origin, her father is of Afro-Panamanian descent while her mother is of Euro-Mexican … See full bio »
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Actress (50 credits)
 2018 Creed II (post-production)
Bianca
 2016-2018 Westworld (TV Series)
Charlotte Hale

The Passenger (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Vanishing Point (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Kiksuya (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Les Écorchés (2018) … Charlotte Hale
Phase Space (2018) … Charlotte Hale
 2018 Dear White People (TV Series)
Rikki Carter

Volume 2: Chapter X (2018) … Rikki Carter
Volume 2: Chapter V (2018) … Rikki Carter
 2018 Little Woods
Ollie
 2018 Portlandia (TV Series)
Bailey

Rose Route (2018) … Bailey
 2018 Furlough
Nicole Stevens
 2018 Annihilation
Josie Radek
 2018 Sorry to Bother You
Detroit
 2017 Thor: Ragnarok
Valkyrie
 2017 Jay-Z: Moonlight (Short)
Monica
 2017 South Dakota
Chris
 2016/I Salt Water
Brit
 2016 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Taneisha

Love And/Or Marriage (2016) … Taneisha (voice)
 2016 War on Everyone
Jackie Hollis
 2015 Creed
Bianca
 2014 Caught a Ghost: Get Your Life (Video short)
 2014 Selma
Diane Nash
 2014 Points of Origin (Short)
Rosemary
 2014 Grantham & Rose
Wallis
 2014 Dear White People
Samantha White
 2012-2013 Copper (TV Series)
Sara Freeman

The Place I Called My Home (2013) … Sara Freeman
Beautiful Dreamer (2013) … Sara Freeman
Good Heart and Willing Hand (2013) … Sara Freeman
The Fine Ould Irish Gintleman (2013) … Sara Freeman
Think Gently of the Erring (2013) … Sara Freeman
 2013 Automotive
Maggie
 2012-2013 666 Park Avenue (TV Series)
Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran

Sins of the Fathers (2013) … Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran
The Comfort of Death (2013) … Sasha Doran / Laurel Harris
Hypnos (2012) … Laurel Harris / Sasha Doran
Diabolic (2012) … Laurel Harris
A Crowd of Demons (2012) … Laurel Harris
 2012 Murder on the 13th Floor
Nia Palmer
 2011/II Periphery
Caitlin
 2011 Red & Blue Marbles
Becca
 2011 Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series)
FBI Agent Anna Farrell

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (2011) … FBI Agent Anna Farrell
 2010-2011 Detroit 1-8-7 (TV Series)
Lauren Washington

Blackout (2011) … Lauren Washington
Home Invasion/Drive-By (2010) … Lauren Washington
Local Hero/Overboard (2010) … Lauren Washington
 2011 Off the Map (TV Series)
Sydney

A Doctor Time Out (2011) … Sydney
 2010 Betwixt (TV Movie)
Jenny
 2010 For Colored Girls
Nyla / Purple
 2010/I Exquisite Corpse
Liz
 2010 Blue Belle (TV Series)
Blue

Komshe Thunderfuck (2010) … Blue
Goin’ to Vegas (2010) … Blue
Your Whack Off Fantasy (2010) … Blue
Apple (2010) … Blue
 2010 Everyday Black Man
Claire
 2009 Three Rivers (TV Series)
Penelope Kirkell

A Roll of the Dice (2009) … Penelope Kirkell
 2009 Heroes (TV Series)
Rebecca Taylor

Chapter Eight ‘Shadowboxing’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
Chapter Six ‘Strange Attractors’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
Chapter Four ‘Hysterical Blindness’ (2009) … Rebecca Taylor
 2009 Private Practice (TV Series)
Zoe Salter

Strange Bedfellows (2009) … Zoe Salter
Yours, Mine & Ours (2009) … Zoe Salter
 2009 Mental (TV Series)
Lainey Jefferson

Lines in the Sand (2009) … Lainey Jefferson
 2009 Mississippi Damned
Kari Peterson
 2008 Life (TV Series)
Liza

Trapdoor (2008) … Liza
 2008 The Human Contract
Waitress
 2008 Make It Happen
Dana
 2007 Hidden Palms (TV Series)
Nikki Barnes

Second Chances (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Stand by Your Woman (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Dangerous Liaisons (2007) … Nikki Barnes
What Liza Beneath (2007) … Nikki Barnes
Mulligan (2007) … Nikki Barnes
 2006 The Initiation of Sarah (TV Movie)
Esme
 2006 Grey’s Anatomy (TV Series)
Camille Travis

Losing My Religion (2006) … Camille Travis
Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response (2006) … Camille Travis
 2005-2006 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Jackie Cook

Not Pictured (2006) … Jackie Cook
Happy Go Lucky (2006) … Jackie Cook
Look Who’s Stalking (2006) … Jackie Cook
Nevermind the Buttocks (2006) … Jackie Cook
I Am God (2006) … Jackie Cook (credit only)
 2006 When a Stranger Calls
Scarlet
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Wilhemina ‘Billie’ Doucette

Best Friends (2005) … Wilhemina ‘Billie’ Doucette

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson
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Thompson at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Tessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 2002–present

Tessa Lynne Thompson (born October 3, 1983)[1] is an American actress and musician. She played Jackie Cook on the television series Veronica Mars, Sara Freeman in the period crime drama Copper, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and Bianca in Creed. She stars as Charlotte Hale on the HBO series Westworld, and as Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised there and in Brooklyn, New York City.[2] Her father, singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the musical collective Chocolate Genius, Inc.,[2] is of Afro-Panamanian descent and her mother is of Mexican and European descent.[3] She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.[4]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

In 2002, Thompson made her professional stage debut in Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest. In 2003, Thompson appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.[4]

In 2016 she appeared in the off-Broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond play Smart People at Second Stage Theatre, alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son.[5]

Television[edit]

Thompson at the 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Press Conference

Thompson made her first TV appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS series Cold Case in the role of a bootlegging lesbian from the 1930s. In the same year, she rose to fame as she landed the role of Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular for the show’s second season.[4][3] In 2006, she appeared on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW’s short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes.

In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187. In 2012, she had a guest role as Gavin Doran’s daughter, Sasha, on 666 Park Avenue. In 2013, she starred in BBC America‘s first original series Copper.[4] In 2016 she had a guest role in three episodes of Westworld.

Film[edit]

With Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan promoting Creed in November 2015

Thompson’s first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlet. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008.

In 2010, Thompson appeared in Tyler Perry‘s stage play adaptation For Colored Girls after she directly approached Perry to be cast in the film.[4] In 2014, she starred in Justin Simien‘s Sundance winner Dear White People. She and her band, Caught A Ghost, also provided songs for the film.[6] That same year, Thompson played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay‘s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.[6] In 2015, she appeared in Ryan Coogler‘s Rocky spin-off-sequel film Creed,[3] and in Nate Ruess short film The Grand Romantic.[7] In April 2016, it was announced that Thompson had been cast as Valkyrie[8] in Thor: Ragnarok, which was released on November 3, 2017.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Scarlet
2008 Make It Happen Dana
2008 Human Contract, TheThe Human Contract Waitress
2009 Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson
2010 Everyday Black Man[citation needed] Claire
2010 Exquisite Corpse Liz
2010 For Colored Girls Nyla Adrose
2011 Periphery[citation needed] Caitlin
2011 Red & Blue Marbles[citation needed] Becca
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor[citation needed] Nia Palmer
2013 South Dakota[citation needed] Chris
2013 Automotive[citation needed] Maggie
2014 Grantham & Rose Wallis
2014 Dear White People Samantha “Sam” White
2014 Selma Diane Nash
2015 Creed Bianca
2016 War on Everyone Jackie Hollis
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie
2018 Annihilation Post-production
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Valkyrie Post-production
2018 Sorry to Bother You Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cold Case Wilhemina “Billie” Doucette Episode: “Best Friends”
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Jackie Cook Regular role (12 episodes)
2006 Grey’s Anatomy Camille Travis Episodes: “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response”, “Losing My Religion“,
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Esme TV film
2007 Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes Main role (7 episodes)
2008 Life Liza Episode: “Trapdoor”
2009 Mental Lainey Jefferson Episode: “Lines in the Sand”
2009 Private Practice Zoe Episodes: “Yours, Mine & Ours”, “Strange Bedfellows”
2009 Heroes Rebecca Taylor Episodes: “Hysterical Blindness“, “Strange Attractors“, “Shadowboxing
2009 Three Rivers Penelope Kirkell Episode: “A Roll of the Dice”
2010 Betwixt Jenny TV film
2010 Blue Belle Blue Lead role (5 episodes)
2010–2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Lauren Washington Episodes: “Local Hero/Overboard”, “Home Invasion/Drive-By”, “Blackout”
2011 Off the Map Sydney Episode: “A Doctor Time Out”
2011 Rizzoli & Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell Episode: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
2012–2013 666 Park Avenue Sasha Doran Recurring role (5 episodes)
2012–2013 Copper Sara Freeman Main role (19 episodes)
2016 BoJack Horseman Tanisha (voice) Episode: “Love And/Or Marriage”
2016–present Westworld Charlotte Hale 5 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2017 “Moonlight” Jay-Z Monica Geller

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref(s)
2009 American Black Film Festival Best Actor Mississippi Damned Won [10]
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance For Colored Girls Won [11]
2014 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Dear White People Won [12]
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated [13]
2014 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated [14]
2015 African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Creed Won [15]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama Nominated [16]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg

Thompson at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Tessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 2002–present

Tessa Lynne Thompson (born October 3, 1983)[1] is an American actress and musician. She played Jackie Cook on the television series Veronica Mars, Sara Freeman in the period crime drama Copper, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and Bianca in Creed. She stars as Charlotte Hale on the HBO series Westworld.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised there and in Brooklyn, New York City.[2] Her father, singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the musical collective Chocolate Genius, Inc.,[2] is of Panamanian descent and her mother is of Mexican and European descent.[3] She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.[4]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

In 2002, Thompson made her professional stage debut in Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest. In 2003, Thompson appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.[4]

In 2016 she appeared in the off-Broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond play Smart People at Second Stage Theatre, alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son.[5]

Television[edit]

Thompson at the 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Press Conference.

Thompson made her first TV appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS series Cold Case in the role of a bootlegging lesbian from the 1930s. In the same year, she rose to fame as she landed the role of Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular for the show’s second season.[4][3] In 2006, she appeared on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW’s short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes.

In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187. In 2012, she had a guest role as Gavin Doran’s daughter, Sasha, on 666 Park Avenue. In 2013, she starred in BBC America‘s first original series Copper.[4] In 2016 she had a guest role in three episodes of Westworld.

Film[edit]

With Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan promoting Creed in November 2015

Thompson’s first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlet. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008.

In 2010, Thompson appeared in Tyler Perry‘s stage play adaptation For Colored Girls after she directly approached Perry to be cast in the film.[4] In 2014, she starred in Justin Simien‘s Sundance winner Dear White People, and played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay‘s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.[6] In 2015, she appeared in Ryan Coogler‘s Rocky spin-off-sequel film Creed.[3] Also in 2015, she appeared in Nate Ruess short film The Grand Romantic.[7] In April 2016, it was announced that Thompson had been cast in the upcoming superhero film Thor: Ragnarok set for release on November 3, 2017.[8] In May 2016, Thompson was revealed to be portraying Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.[9]

Music[edit]

Thompson has produced music as part of the electro band Caught A Ghost. The band provided songs for the film Dear White People, [6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Scarlet
2008 Make It Happen Dana
2008 Human Contract, TheThe Human Contract Waitress
2009 Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson
2010 Everyday Black Man[citation needed] Claire
2010 Exquisite Corpse Liz
2010 For Colored Girls Nyla Adrose
2011 Periphery[citation needed] Caitlin
2011 Red & Blue Marbles[citation needed] Becca
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor[citation needed] Nia Palmer
2013 South Dakota[citation needed] Chris
2013 Automotive[citation needed] Maggie
2014 Grantham & Rose Wallis
2014 Dear White People Samantha “Sam” White
2014 Selma Diane Nash
2015 Creed Bianca
2016 War on Everyone Jackie Hollis
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie Post-production
2018 Annihilation Post-production
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Valkyrie Post-production
2018 Sorry to Bother You Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cold Case Wilhemina “Billie” Doucette Episode: “Best Friends”
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Jackie Cook Regular role (12 episodes)
2006 Grey’s Anatomy Camille Travis Episodes: “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response”, “Losing My Religion“,
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Esme TV film
2007 Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes Main role (7 episodes)
2008 Life Liza Episode: “Trapdoor”
2009 Mental Lainey Jefferson Episode: “Lines in the Sand”
2009 Private Practice Zoe Episodes: “Yours, Mine & Ours”, “Strange Bedfellows”
2009 Heroes Rebecca Taylor Episodes: “Hysterical Blindness“, “Strange Attractors“, “Shadowboxing
2009 Three Rivers Penelope Kirkell Episode: “A Roll of the Dice”
2010 Betwixt Jenny TV film
2010 Blue Belle Blue Lead role (5 episodes)
2010–2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Lauren Washington Episodes: “Local Hero/Overboard”, “Home Invasion/Drive-By”, “Blackout”
2011 Off the Map Sydney Episode: “A Doctor Time Out”
2011 Rizzoli & Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell Episode: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
2012–2013 666 Park Avenue Sasha Doran Recurring role (5 episodes)
2012–2013 Copper Sara Freeman Main role (19 episodes)
2016 BoJack Horseman Tanisha (voice) Episode: “Love And/Or Marriage”
2016 Westworld Charlotte Hale 5 episodes

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 American Black Film Festival Best Actor Mississippi Damned Won[10]
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance For Colored Girls Won[11]
2014 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Dear White People Won[12]
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Dear White People Nominated[13]
2014 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Dear White People Nominated[14]
2015 African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Creed Won[15]

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson
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Thompson at the 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Press Conference
Born Tessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 2002–present

Tessa Lynne Thompson (born October 3, 1983)[1] is an American actress and musician. She played Jackie Cook on the television series Veronica Mars, Sara Freeman in the period crime drama Copper, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and Bianca in Creed. She stars as Charlotte Hale on the HBO series Westworld.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised there and in Brooklyn, New York City.[2] Her father, singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the musical collective Chocolate Genius, Inc.,[2] is of Panamanian descent and her mother is of Mexican and European descent.[3] She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.[4]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

In 2002, Thompson made her professional stage debut in Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest. In 2003, Thompson appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.[4]

In 2016 she appeared in the off-Broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond play Smart People at Second Stage Theatre, alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son.[5]

Television[edit]

Thompson made her first TV appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS series Cold Case in the role of a bootlegging lesbian from the 1930s. In the same year, she rose to fame as she landed the role of Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular for the show’s second season.[4][3] In 2006, she appeared on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW’s short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes.

In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187. In 2012, she had a guest role as Gavin Doran’s daughter, Sasha, on 666 Park Avenue. In 2013, she starred in BBC America‘s first original series Copper.[4] In 2016 she had a guest role in three episodes of Westworld.

Film[edit]

With Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan promoting Creed in November 2015

Thompson’s first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlet. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008.

In 2010, Thompson appeared in Tyler Perry‘s stage play adaptation For Colored Girls after she directly approached Perry to be cast in the film.[4] In 2014, she starred in Justin Simien‘s Sundance winner Dear White People, and played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay‘s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.[6] In 2015, she appeared in Ryan Coogler‘s Rocky spin-off-sequel film Creed.[3] Also in 2015, she appeared in Nate Ruess short film The Grand Romantic.[7] In April 2016, it was announced that Thompson had been cast in the upcoming superhero film Thor: Ragnarok set for release on November 3, 2017.[8] In May 2016, Thompson was revealed to be portraying Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.[9]

Music[edit]

Thompson has produced music as part of the electro band Caught A Ghost. The band provided songs for the film Dear White People, [6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Scarlet
2008 Make It Happen Dana
2008 Human Contract, TheThe Human Contract Waitress
2009 Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson
2010 Everyday Black Man[citation needed] Claire
2010 Exquisite Corpse Liz
2010 For Colored Girls Nyla Adrose
2011 Periphery[citation needed] Caitlin
2011 Red & Blue Marbles[citation needed] Becca
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor[citation needed] Nia Palmer
2013 South Dakota[citation needed] Chris
2013 Automotive[citation needed] Maggie
2014 Grantham & Rose Wallis
2014 Dear White People Samantha “Sam” White
2014 Selma Diane Nash
2015 Creed Bianca
2016 War on Everyone Jackie Hollis
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie Post-production
2018 Annihilation Filming
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Valkyrie Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cold Case Wilhemina “Billie” Doucette Episode: “Best Friends”
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Jackie Cook Regular role (22 episodes)
2006 Grey’s Anatomy Camille Travis Episodes: “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response”, “Losing My Religion“,
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Esme TV film
2007 Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes Main role (7 episodes)
2008 Life Liza Episode: “Trapdoor”
2009 Mental Lainey Jefferson Episode: “Lines in the Sand”
2009 Private Practice Zoe Episodes: “Yours, Mine & Ours”, “Strange Bedfellows”
2009 Heroes Rebecca Taylor Episodes: “Hysterical Blindness“, “Strange Attractors“, “Shadowboxing
2009 Three Rivers Penelope Kirkell Episode: “A Roll of the Dice”
2010 Betwixt Jenny TV film
2010 Blue Belle Blue Lead role (5 episodes)
2010–2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Lauren Washington Episodes: “Local Hero/Overboard”, “Home Invasion/Drive-By”, “Blackout”
2011 Off the Map Sydney Episode: “A Doctor Time Out”
2011 Rizzoli & Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell Episode: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
2012–2013 666 Park Avenue Sasha Doran Recurring role (5 episodes)
2012–2013 Copper Sara Freeman Main role (19 episodes)
2016 BoJack Horseman Tanisha (voice) Episode: “Love And/Or Marriage”
2016 Westworld Charlotte Hale 5 episodes

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 American Black Film Festival Best Actor Mississippi Damned Won[10]
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance For Colored Girls Won[11]
2014 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Dear White People Won[12]
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Dear White People Nominated[13]
2014 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Dear White People Nominated[14]
2015 African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Creed Won[15]

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson
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Thompson at the 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Press Conference
Born Tessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 2002–present

Tessa Lynne Thompson (born October 3, 1983)[1] is an American actress and musician. She played Jackie Cook on the television series Veronica Mars, Sara Freeman in the period crime drama Copper, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and Bianca in Creed. She stars as Charlotte Hale on the HBO series Westworld.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised there and in Brooklyn, New York City.[2] Her father, singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the musical collective Chocolate Genius, Inc.,[2] is of Panamanian descent and her mother is of Mexican and European descent.[3] She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.[4]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

In 2002, Thompson made her professional stage debut in Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest. In 2003, Thompson appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.[4]

In 2016 she appeared in the off-Broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond play Smart People at Second Stage Theatre, alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son.[5]

Television[edit]

Thompson made her first TV appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS series Cold Case in the role of a bootlegging lesbian from the 1930s. In the same year, she rose to fame as she landed the role of Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular for the show’s second season.[4][3] In 2006, she appeared on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW’s short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes.

In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187. In 2012, she had a guest role as Gavin Doran’s daughter, Sasha, on 666 Park Avenue. In 2013, she starred in BBC America‘s first original series Copper.[4] In 2016 she had a guest role in three episodes of Westworld.

Film[edit]

With Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan promoting Creed in November 2015

Thompson’s first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlet. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008.

In 2010, Thompson appeared in Tyler Perry‘s stage play adaptation For Colored Girls after she directly approached Perry to be cast in the film.[4] In 2014, she starred in Justin Simien‘s Sundance winner Dear White People, and played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay‘s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.[6] In 2015, she appeared in Ryan Coogler‘s Rocky spin-off-sequel film Creed.[3] Also in 2015, she appeared in Nate Ruess short film The Grand Romantic.[7] In April 2016, it was announced that Thompson had been cast in the upcoming superhero film Thor: Ragnarok set for release on November 3, 2017.[8] In May 2016, Thompson was revealed to be portraying Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.[9]

Music[edit]

Thompson has produced music as part of the electro band Caught A Ghost. The band provided songs for the film Dear White People, [6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Scarlet
2008 Make It Happen Dana
2008 Human Contract, TheThe Human Contract Waitress
2009 Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson
2010 Everyday Black Man[citation needed] Claire
2010 Exquisite Corpse Liz
2010 For Colored Girls Nyla Adrose
2011 Periphery[citation needed] Caitlin
2011 Red & Blue Marbles[citation needed] Becca
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor[citation needed] Nia Palmer
2013 South Dakota[citation needed] Chris
2013 Automotive[citation needed] Maggie
2014 Grantham & Rose Wallis
2014 Dear White People Samantha “Sam” White
2014 Selma Diane Nash
2015 Creed Bianca
2016 War on Everyone Jackie Hollis
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie Post-production
2018 Annihilation Filming
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Valkyrie Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cold Case Wilhemina “Billie” Doucette Episode: “Best Friends”
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Jackie Cook Regular role (22 episodes)
2006 Grey’s Anatomy Camille Travis Episodes: “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response”, “Losing My Religion“,
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Esme TV film
2007 Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes Main role (7 episodes)
2008 Life Liza Episode: “Trapdoor”
2009 Mental Lainey Jefferson Episode: “Lines in the Sand”
2009 Private Practice Zoe Episodes: “Yours, Mine & Ours”, “Strange Bedfellows”
2009 Heroes Rebecca Taylor Episodes: “Hysterical Blindness“, “Strange Attractors“, “Shadowboxing
2009 Three Rivers Penelope Kirkell Episode: “A Roll of the Dice”
2010 Betwixt Jenny TV film
2010 Blue Belle Blue Lead role (5 episodes)
2010–2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Lauren Washington Episodes: “Local Hero/Overboard”, “Home Invasion/Drive-By”, “Blackout”
2011 Off the Map Sydney Episode: “A Doctor Time Out”
2011 Rizzoli & Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell Episode: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
2012–2013 666 Park Avenue Sasha Doran Recurring role (5 episodes)
2012–2013 Copper Sara Freeman Main role (19 episodes)
2016 BoJack Horseman Tanisha (voice) Episode: “Love And/Or Marriage”
2016 Westworld Charlotte Hale 5 episodes

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 American Black Film Festival Best Actor Mississippi Damned Won[10]
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance For Colored Girls Won[11]
2014 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Dear White People Won[12]
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Dear White People Nominated[13]
2014 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Dear White People Nominated[14]
2015 African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Creed Won[15]

Tessa Thompson

 

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson
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Thompson at the 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Press Conference
Born Tessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 2002–present

Tessa Lynne Thompson[1] (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress and musician. She played Jackie Cook on the film noir television series Veronica Mars, Sara Freeman in the period crime drama Copper, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and starred as Samantha White in Dear White People. She also played Bianca in the Rocky franchise film Creed.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father is of Panamanian (Afro-Panamanian) descent and her mother is of half Mexican and half European ancestry.[2] She grew up in Los Angeles while spending summers and winters in New York, where her father, singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the band Chocolate Genius, Inc., is based.[3] She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.[4]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

In 2002, Thompson made her professional stage debut in Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest. In 2003, Thompson appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.[4]

She is set to appear in the upcoming off-broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond production Smart People alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son[5]

Television[edit]

Thompson made her first TV appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS series Cold Case in the role of a bootlegging lesbian from the 1930s. In the same year, she rose to fame as she landed on the role of Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular for the show’s second season.[4][6] In 2006, she appeared on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW’s short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes.

In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187. In 2012, she had a guest role as Gavin Doran’s daughter, Sasha, on 666 Park Avenue. In 2013, she starred in BBC America‘s first original series Copper.[4]

Film[edit]

With Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan promoting Creed, November 2015.

Thompson’s first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlet. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008.

In 2010, Thompson appeared in Tyler Perry‘s stage play adaptation For Colored Girls after she directly approached Perry to be cast in the film.[4] In 2014, she starred in Justin Simien‘s Sundance winner Dear White People, and played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay‘s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.[7] In 2015, she appeared in Ryan Coogler‘s Rocky spin-off-sequel film Creed.[6] Also in 2015, she appeared in Nate Ruess short film The Grand Romantic.[8] In April 2016, it was announced that Thompson had been cast in the upcoming superhero film Thor: Ragnarok set for release on November 3, 2017.[9] In May 2016, Thompson was revealed to be portraying Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.[10]

Music[edit]

Thompson has produced music as part of the electro band Caught A Ghost. The band provided songs for the film Dear White People, in which she also starred.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Scarlet
2008 Make It Happen Dana
2008 Human Contract, TheThe Human Contract Waitress
2009 Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson
2010 Everyday Black Man Claire
2010 Exquisite Corpse Liz
2010 For Colored Girls Nyla Adrose
2011 Periphery Caitlin
2011 Red & Blue Marbles Becca
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor Nia Palmer
2013 South Dakota Chris
2013 Automotive Maggie
2014 Grantham & Rose Wallis
2014 Dear White People Samantha White
2014 Selma Diane Nash
2015 Creed Bianca
2016 War on Everyone Jackie Hollis Filming
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie Filming[11]
2017 Annihilation Filming
TBA Salt Water Brit Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cold Case Wilhemina “Billie” Doucette Episode: “Best Friends”
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Jackie Cook Regular role (22 episodes)
2006 Grey’s Anatomy Camille Travis Episodes: “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response”, “Losing My Religion“,
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Esme TV film
2007 Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes Main role (7 episodes)
2008 Life Liza Episode: “Trapdoor”
2009 Mental Lainey Jefferson Episode: “Lines in the Sand”
2009 Private Practice Zoe Episodes: “Yours, Mine & Ours”, “Strange Bedfellows”
2009 Heroes Rebecca Taylor Episodes: “Hysterical Blindness“, “Strange Attractors“, “Shadowboxing
2009 Three Rivers Penelope Kirkell Episode: “A Roll of the Dice”
2010 Betwixt Jenny TV film
2010 Blue Belle Blue Lead role (5 episodes)
2010–2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Lauren Washington Episodes: “Local Hero/Overboard”, “Home Invasion/Drive-By”, “Blackout”
2011 Off the Map Sydney Episode: “A Doctor Time Out”
2011 Rizzoli & Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell Episode: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
2012–2013 666 Park Avenue Sasha Doran Recurring role (5 episodes)
2012–2013 Copper Sara Freeman Main role (19 episodes)
2016 Bojack Horseman Tanisha (Voice) Episode: “Love And/Or Marriage”
2016 Westworld Charlotte Hale 3 episodes

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 American Black Film Festival Best Actor Mississippi Damned Won[12]
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance For Colored Girls Won[13]
2014 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Dear White People Won[14]
2014 Georgia Film Critics Association Awards Breakthrough Award
  • Dear White People
  • Grantham & Rose
  • Selma
Nominated[15]
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Dear White People Nominated
2014 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Dear White People Nominated[16]
2015 African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Creed Won[17]

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson - DSC 0109.jpg

 
Thompson at the 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Press Conference
Born Tessa Lynne Thompson
(1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 2002–present

Tessa Lynne Thompson[1] (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress and musician. She played Jackie Cook on the film noir television series Veronica Mars, Sara Freeman in the period crime drama Copper, Nyla Adrose in the film For Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and starred as Samantha White in Dear White People. She also played Bianca in the Rocky franchise film Creed.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father is of Panamanian (Afro-Panamanian) descent and her mother is of half Mexican and half European ancestry.[2] She grew up in Los Angeles while spending summers and winters in New York, where her father, singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the band Chocolate Genius, Inc., is based.[3] She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.[4]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

In 2002, Thompson made her professional stage debut in Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest. In 2003, Thompson appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836 with The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.[4]

She is set to appear in the upcoming off-broadway run of the Lydia R. Diamond production Smart People alongside Mahershala Ali, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son[5]

Television[edit]

Thompson made her first TV appearance in a 2005 episode of the CBS series Cold Case in the role of a bootlegging lesbian from the 1930s. In the same year, she rose to fame as she landed on the role of Jackie Cook on the UPN/CW neo-noir drama series Veronica Mars, starring as a series regular for the show’s second season.[4][6] In 2006, she appeared on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2007, she was a part of the cast on the CW’s short-lived drama Hidden Palms, portraying Nikki Barnes. She worked on guest star roles on Life and Private Practice, and appeared in the fourth season of Heroes.

In 2010, she had a guest role as the wife of a detective on Detroit 187. In 2012, she had a guest role as Gavin Doran’s daughter, Sasha, on 666 Park Avenue. In 2013, she starred in BBC America‘s first original series Copper.[4]

Film[edit]

With Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan promoting Creed, November 2015.

Thompson’s first feature film appearance was in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls playing the role of Scarlet. Thompson was next seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the dancing film Make it Happen in 2008.

In 2010, Thompson appeared in Tyler Perry‘s stage play adaptation For Colored Girls after she directly approached Perry to be cast in the film.[4] In 2014, she starred in Justin Simien‘s Sundance winner Dear White People, and played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Ava DuVernay‘s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma.[7] In 2015, she appeared in Ryan Coogler‘s Rocky spin-off-sequel film Creed.[6] In 2016, she joined the cast of Thor: Ragnarok for November 3, 2017.[8]

Music[edit]

Thompson has produced music as part of the electro band Caught A Ghost. The band provided songs for the film Dear White People, in which she also starred.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Scarlet
2008 Make It Happen Dana
2008 Human Contract, TheThe Human Contract Waitress
2009 Mississippi Damned Kari Peterson
2010 Everyday Black Man Claire
2010 Exquisite Corpse Liz
2010 For Colored Girls Nyla Adrose
2011 Periphery Caitlin
2011 Red & Blue Marbles Becca
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor Nia Palmer
2013 South Dakota Chris
2013 Automotive Maggie
2014 Grantham & Rose Wallis
2014 Dear White People Samantha White
2014 Selma Diane Nash
2015 Creed Bianca
2016 War on Everyone Jackie Hollis Filming
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Development
TBA Salt Water Brit Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cold Case Wilhemina “Billie” Doucette Episode: “Best Friends”
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Jackie Cook Regular role (22 episodes)
2006 Grey’s Anatomy Camille Travis Episodes: “Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response”, “Losing My Religion“,
2006 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Esme TV film
2007 Hidden Palms Nikki Barnes Main role (7 episodes)
2008 Life Liza Episode: “Trapdoor”
2009 Mental Lainey Jefferson Episode: “Lines in the Sand”
2009 Private Practice Zoe Episodes: “Yours, Mine & Ours”, “Strange Bedfellows”
2009 Heroes Rebecca Taylor Episodes: “Hysterical Blindness“, “Strange Attractors“, “Shadowboxing
2009 Three Rivers Penelope Kirkell Episode: “A Roll of the Dice”
2010 Betwixt Jenny TV film
2010 Blue Belle Blue Lead role (5 episodes)
2010–2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Lauren Washington Episodes: “Local Hero/Overboard”, “Home Invasion/Drive-By”, “Blackout”
2011 Off the Map Sydney Episode: “A Doctor Time Out”
2011 Rizzoli & Isles FBI Agent Anna Farrell Episode: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
2012–2013 666 Park Avenue Sasha Doran Recurring role (5 episodes)
2012–2013 Copper Sara Freeman Main role (19 episodes)
2016 Westworld Charlotte Hale

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 American Black Film Festival Best Actor Mississippi Damned Won
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance For Colored Girls Won
2014 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Dear White People Won
2014 Georgia Film Critics Association Awards Breakthrough Award
  • Dear White People
  • Grantham & Rose
  • Selma
Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Dear White People Nominated
2014 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Dear White People Nominated
2015 African-American Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Creed Won