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Alfre Woodard


Alfre Woodard was born on November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children of Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an interior designer. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name written out in gold letters. A former high school cheerleader and track star, she got the acting bug after... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 68 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave Mistress Shaw
(2013)
Passion Fish
Passion Fish Chantelle
(1992)

Filmography

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 2019 The Lion King (filming)
Sarabi (voice)
 2017 Saint Judy (post-production)
Judge Benton
 2017 Juanita (post-production)
Juanita
  Clemency (pre-production)
Bernadine Williams
 2017 Burning Sands
Professor Hughes
 2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series)
Aunt Josephine
- The Wide Window: Part Two (2017) ... Aunt Josephine
- The Wide Window: Part One (2017) ... Aunt Josephine
 2016 Luke Cage (TV Series)
Mariah Dillard
- You Know My Steez (2016) ... Mariah Dillard
- Soliloquy of Chaos (2016) ... Mariah Dillard
- Take It Personal (2016) ... Mariah Dillard
- DWYCK (2016) ... Mariah Dillard
- Blowin' Up the Spot (2016) ... Mariah Dillard
 2016 So B. It
Bernadette
 2014-2015 The Last Ship (TV Series)
Amy Granderson
- Fight the Ship (2015) ... Amy Granderson
- Unreal City (2015) ... Amy Granderson
- No Place Like Home (2014) ... Amy Granderson
 2015 Knucklehead
Sheila
 2014-2015 State of Affairs (TV Series)
President Constance Payton
- Deadcheck (2015) ... President Constance Payton
- Here and Now (2015) ... President Constance Payton
- The Faithful (2015) ... President Constance Payton
- The War at Home (2015) ... President Constance Payton
- Cry Havoc (2015) ... President Constance Payton
 2015 Mississippi Grind
Sam
 2014/I Annabelle
Evelyn
 2013 Copper (TV Series)
Hattie Lemaster
- Good Heart and Willing Hand (2013) ... Hattie Lemaster (uncredited)
- The Fine Ould Irish Gintleman (2013) ... Hattie Lemaster
- Think Gently of the Erring (2013) ... Hattie Lemaster
- Ashes Denote That Fire Was (2013) ... Hattie Lemaster
- The Hope Too Bright to Last (2013) ... Hattie Lemaster
 2013 12 Years a Slave
Mistress Shaw
 2013/VIII The Door (Short)
E
 2012 Private Practice (TV Series)
Dee Bennett
- The Next Episode (2012) ... Dee Bennett
 2012 Steel Magnolias (TV Movie)
Ouiser
 2010-2012 True Blood (TV Series)
Ruby Jean Reynolds
- Hopeless (2012) ... Ruby Jean Reynolds
- Let's Boot and Rally (2012) ... Ruby Jean Reynolds
- Everything Is Broken (2010) ... Ruby Jean Reynolds
- Night on the Sun (2010) ... Ruby Jean Reynolds
- Beautifully Broken (2010) ... Ruby Jean Reynolds
 2011 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Justine Campbell
- Heart-Shaped Box (2011) ... Justine Campbell
 2010-2011 Memphis Beat (TV Series)
Lt. Tanya Rice
- The Feud (2011) ... Lt. Tanya Rice
- Ten Little Memphians (2011) ... Lt. Tanya Rice
- Identity Crisis (2011) ... Lt. Tanya Rice
- Body of Evidence (2011) ... Lt. Tanya Rice
- Troubled Water (2011) ... Lt. Tanya Rice
 2009-2010 Three Rivers (TV Series)
Dr. Sophia Jordan
- Status 1A (2010) ... Dr. Sophia Jordan
- Case Histories (2010) ... Dr. Sophia Jordan
- Every Breath You Take (2010) ... Dr. Sophia Jordan
- A Roll of the Dice (2009) ... Dr. Sophia Jordan
- The Kindness of Strangers (2009) ... Dr. Sophia Jordan
 2010 Black Panther (TV Mini-Series)
Dondi Reece / Dora Milaje / Queen Mother / ...
- To the End (2010) ... Dondi Reece / Dora Milaje / Miss M'Buve / ... (voice)
- Black Panther vs. Juggernaut and Black Knight (2010) ... Dondi Reece / Dora Milaje / Miss M'Duve (voice)
- Death of Father (2010) ... Dondi Reece / Dora Milaje / Miss M'Buye (voice)
- Revenge of the Evil (2010) ... Queen Mother (voice)
- Pilot (2010) ... Dondi Reece / Queen Mother (voice)
 2009 Maggie Hill (TV Movie)
Virginia
 2008 My Own Worst Enemy (TV Series)
Mavis Heller / Helen
- Henry and the Terrible... Day (2008) ... Mavis Heller
- Love in All the Wrong Places (2008) ... Mavis Heller
- Down Rio Way (2008) ... Mavis Heller
- High Crimes and Turducken (2008) ... Mavis Heller
- The Night Train to Moscow (2008) ... Mavis Heller
 2008 AmericanEast
Angela Jensen
 2008 Reach for Me
Nurse Evelyn
 2008 The Family That Preys
Alice Pratt
 2008 American Violet
Alma Roberts
 2007 Pictures of Hollis Woods (TV Movie)
Edna Reilly
 2005-2006 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Betty Applewhite
- Remember: Part 2 (2006) ... Betty Applewhite
- Remember: Part 1 (2006) ... Betty Applewhite
- No One Is Alone (2006) ... Betty Applewhite
- I Know Things Now (2006) ... Betty Applewhite
- It Wasn't Meant to Happen (2006) ... Betty Applewhite
 2006 Take the Lead
Augustine James
 2006/I Something New
Joyce McQueen
 2006 The Water Is Wide (TV Movie)
Mrs. Brown
 2005 Inconceivable (TV Series)
Dr. Lydia Crawford
- Secrets and Thighs (2005) ... Dr. Lydia Crawford
- Pilot (2005) ... Dr. Lydia Crawford
 2005 Beauty Shop
Ms. Josephine
 2004 The Forgotten
Anne Pope
 2003 Radio
Principal Daniels
 2003 Static Shock (TV Series)
Jean Hawkins
- Flashback (2003) ... Jean Hawkins (voice)
 2003 A Wrinkle in Time (TV Movie)
Mrs. Whatsit
 2003 The Core
Stickley
 2003 Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (Documentary)
Narrator
 2003 The Practice (TV Series)
Denise Freeman
- Final Judgment (2003) ... Denise Freeman
- Down the Hatch (2003) ... Denise Freeman
 2003 The Singing Detective
Chief of Staff
 2002 Baby of the Family
Rachel
 2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Akela (Cheetah Mother) (voice)
 2001 K-PAX
Dr. Claudia Villars
 2001 The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (TV Movie)
Medicine Woman (voice)
 2000 John Henry (Short)
Polly / Narrator (voice)
 2000 Holiday Heart (TV Movie)
Wanda Dean
 2000 Lost Souls
Dr. Allen (uncredited)
 2000 Dinosaur
Plio (voice)
 2000 Love & Basketball
Camille Wright
 2000 What's Cooking?
Audrey Williams
 1999 The Wishing Tree
Clara
 1999 Mumford
Lily
 1999 Funny Valentines
Joyce May
 1998 Secrets (Short)
 1998 Down in the Delta
Loretta Sinclair
 1998 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Dr. Roxanne Turner
- Mercy (1998) ... Dr. Roxanne Turner
 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Winoome Bear
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1997) ... Winoome Bear (voice)
 1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (Video)
Maisie (voice)
 1997 Miss Evers' Boys (TV Movie)
Eunice Evers, R.N.
 1997 Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV Series)
Harriet Tubman
- Faith (1997) ... Harriet Tubman (voice)
 1997 The Member of the Wedding (TV Movie)
Berenice Sadie Brown
 1996 A Step Toward Tomorrow
Dr. Sandlin
 1996 Primal Fear
Judge Shoat
 1996 Special Report: Journey to Mars (TV Movie)
Tamara O'Neil
 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series)
Queen of Brobdingnag
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Queen of Brobdingnag
 1996 Follow Me Home
Evey
 1995 Statistically Speaking (Short)
 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie)
Berniece Charles
 1994 Frasier (TV Series)
Edna
- The Botched Language of Cranes (1994) ... Edna (voice)
 1994 Crooklyn
Carolyn
 1994 Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (TV Movie)
Harriet Tubman
 1994 Blue Chips
Lavada McRae
 1993 Bopha!
Rosie Mangena
 1993 Heart and Souls
Penny Washington
 1992 Rich in Love
Rhody Poole
 1992 Passion Fish
Chantelle
 1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
Attorney Ann Orkin
 1991 Pretty Hattie's Baby
Hattie
 1991 Grand Canyon
Jane
 1990 Blue Bayou (TV Movie)
Jessica Filley
 1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (TV Movie)
Mary Thomas
 1989 Miss Firecracker
Popeye Jackson
 1988 Scrooged
Grace Cooley
 1985-1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Dr. Roxanne Turner
- The Abby Singer Show (1988) ... Dr. Roxanne Turner
- Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball (1987) ... Dr. Roxanne Turner
- Slip Sliding Away (1987) ... Dr. Roxanne Turner
- Schwarzwald (1987) ... Dr. Roxanne Turner
- Not My Type (1986) ... Dr. Roxanne Turner
 1988 The Child Saver (TV Movie)
Andrea Crawford
 1987 Mandela (TV Movie)
Winnie Mandela
 1987 The Line (TV Movie)
Denise Powell
 1986 Unnatural Causes (TV Movie)
Maude DeVictor
 1986 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Adrianne Moore
- Pilot (1986) ... Adrianne Moore
 1986 Extremities
Patricia
 1985 Words by Heart (TV Movie)
Claudie Sills
 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Princess Lovinia
- Puss in Boots (1985) ... Princess Lovinia
 1985 Sara (TV Series)
Rozalyn Dupree
- Brief Encounter (1985) ... Rozalyn Dupree
- A Night at the Ballet (1985) ... Rozalyn Dupree
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) ... Rozalyn Dupree
- Meet Mr. Cooper (1985) ... Rozalyn Dupree
- Sara's Short Story (1985) ... Rozalyn Dupree
 1982-1985 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Esther / Mattie / Woman who lost her stuff
- Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985) ... Esther
- The Killing Floor (1984) ... Mattie
 1984 Sweet Revenge (TV Movie)
Vicki Teague
 1983 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Doris Robson
- Goodbye, Mr. Scripps (1983) ... Doris Robson
- Praise Dilaudid (1983) ... Doris Robson
- Doris in Wonderland (1983) ... Doris Robson
 1982-1983 Tucker's Witch (TV Series)
Marcia Fulbright
- Murder Is the Key (1983) ... Marcia Fulbright
- Living and Presumed Dead (1983) ... Marcia Fulbright
- Formula for Revenge (1983) ... Marcia Fulbright
- Rock Is a Hard Place (1983) ... Marcia Fulbright
- Psych-Out (1983) ... Marcia Fulbright
 1983 Cross Creek
Geechee
 1982 The Ambush Murders (TV Movie)
Kariha Ellsworth
 1981 Enos (TV Series)
Darlene
- Forever Blowing Bubbles (1981) ... Darlene
 1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Nona
- The Threat (1981) ... Nona
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Series)
Evelyn Evers
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Evelyn Evers
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Evelyn Evers
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Evelyn Evers
 1980 The White Shadow (TV Series)
Sandra Wilcox
- Reunion: Part 1 (1980) ... Sandra Wilcox
 1980 HealtH
Sally Benbow
 1979 Freedom Road (TV Movie)
Katie
 1978 The Trial of the Moke (TV Movie)
Lucy
 1978 Remember My Name
Rita
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Map of the World". See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Bérénice Bejo's performance in Le passé (2013)] As Marie in Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," Bérénice Bejo has a daunting task. She plays a woman in an increasingly grim dilemma, which is largely of her own making. Yet somehow, in her passionate eyes, we see glimpses of Marie's hope for, and even belief in, a loving future for herself and her family. Such are Bérénice's gifts that her ... See more »

Trivia:

Parents are Marion H. and Constance Woodard. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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