Favorite Black Actresses

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1. Yetide Badaki

Actress | This Is Us

Yetide Badaki is an actress, writer and producer known for This Is Us, American Gods and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. She wrote, produced and starred in Hollywoodland. Yetide was born and raised in Nigeria and has also lived in England, Canada and the United States. She was nominated for Joseph ...

2. Rachel Hilson

Actress | Kings

Rachel Hilson is an actress, known for Kings (2017), The Americans (2013) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).

3. Deborah Ayorinde

Actress | Luke Cage

Deborah Ayorinde was born in London, England. At age seven, she performed in her first play with a drama school in the Forest Gate area of London. It was there that she developed a passion for the arts. When she was eight years old, she and her family relocated to San Jose, California. She ...

4. Dawn-Lyen Gardner

Actress | Queen Sugar

A native of Los Angeles, CA

She began acting in commercials and television at an early age, at the urging of a family friend who was a commercials casting director. She went on to study acting at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, where she was awarded the Liz Smith Prize.

Originated ...

5. Rutina Wesley

Actress | True Blood

Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty Southern vampire drama, True Blood (2008). She was born in the city most renowned for glitz and glamour, Las Vegas, Nevada and was exposed to the arts at a very early age; in fact entertainment runs through her veins. Her father, ...

6. Ryan Michelle Bathe

Actress | One for the Money

Ryan Michelle Bathe was born on July 27, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for One for the Money (2012), Boston Legal (2004) and This Is Us (2016). She has been married to Sterling K. Brown since June 2007. They have two children.

7. Sierra Capri

Actress | On My Block

Sierra Capri is an actress, known for On My Block (2018).

8. Teyonah Parris

Actress | Dear White People

Teyonah Parris is an actress and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Chi-Raq (2015) and They Came Together (2014).

9. Jerrika Hinton

Actress | The Roommate

Jerrika Hinton was born on September 28, 1981 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jerrika Delayne Hinton. She is an actress and producer, known for The Roommate (2011), Grey's Anatomy (2005) and The Strangely Normal (2012).

10. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

11. Danai Gurira

Actress | Black Panther

Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira, who were from Zimbabwe. Her father was then teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was five, the family moved back to Zimbabwe, residing in the capital Harare. Gurira later returned to the United States, and studied ...

12. Jessica Lucas

Actress | Cloverfield

Jessica Lucas (born September 24th, 1985) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is known for her roles in television, such as Edgemont, Melrose Place (1992) and Cult, and in the films The Covenant (2006), Cloverfield (2008) and 2013's Evil Dead (2013). She also starred in the music video for ...

13. Gabrielle Union

Actress | Bring It On

Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. When she was eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. There, ...

14. Ashleigh Murray

Actress | Riverdale

Ashleigh Murray portrays Josie McCoy in the CW's new teen drama Riverdale. Ashleigh was born in Kansas City, MO. In the 5th grade, she went to Oakland, California, to live with her aunt for 2 years, where Murray enjoyed studying piano, jazz and hip-hop. After graduating high school back in Kansas ...

15. Susan Kelechi Watson

Actress | This Is Us

Susan Kelechi Watson is an actress and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), NCIS (2003) and The Blacklist (2013).

16. Lovie Simone

Actress | Greenleaf

Lovie Simone was born on November 29,1998 in NY, New York. She was raised for the first 12 years of her life in The Bronx and now lives in Orange County NY with her Family which includes her twin sister, mom, dad, younger brother and sister and dog. Lovie started her career in 2009 when she was ...

17. Antoinette Robertson

Actress | Dear White People

Antoinette Robertson was born as Antoinette Nicole Robertson. She is an actress, known for Dear White People (2017), Zero Hour (2013) and The Haves and the Have Nots (2013).

18. Logan Browning

Actress | Bratz

Logan Browning was born on June 9, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Logan Laurice Browning. She is an actress, known for Bratz (2007), Dear White People (2017) and Powers (2015).

19. Christina Milian

Actress | Be Cool

Christina was born on September 26, 1981 in Jersey City. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles "AM to PM" and "When You Look at Me"; "AM to PM" charted within the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100...

20. Pepi Sonuga

Actress | Famous in Love

Pepi Sonuga is one to watch on both the big and small screen. The Nigerian-American actress was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 10 to begin pursuing a career in entertainment. At 15 years old, she won the title of Miss Jr. Teen Los Angeles in a local ...

21. Yaya DaCosta

Actress | The Butler

Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows ...

22. Madeleine Mantock

Actress | Charmed

Madeleine Mantock is a British actress. She is known for her television work on the AMC series Into the Badlands and The CW revival of The Tomorrow People, as well as her film work on Edge of Tomorrow. Madeleine attended Arts Educational Schools, London where she obtained her BA in Musical Theater.

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23. Samantha Marie Ware

Actress | Glee

Samantha Marie Ware is an actress, known for Glee (2009), What/If and Barry (2016).

24. Nafessa Williams

Actress | Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams was born on December 4, 1989 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for Black Lightning (2018), Twin Peaks (2017) and Code Black (2015).

25. Candice Patton

Actress | The Flash

Raised in Plano, Texas, Candice continued her childhood dream of becoming an actress by attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Theatre. It was here that she was scouted by The Young and the Restless for a CBS Soap Star Contest and flew ...

26. Laura Harrier

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Laura Harrier was born on March 28, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Laura Ruth Harrier. She is an actress, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), The Last Five Years (2014) and Fourth Man Out (2015).

27. Susan Kelechi Watson

Actress | This Is Us

Susan Kelechi Watson is an actress and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), NCIS (2003) and The Blacklist (2013).

28. Sydney Park

Actress | Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Sydney Park was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Korean-American father and African-American mother. At the tender age of six, Sydney became the youngest comedian to grace the stage of the world famous Hollywood Improv. Her impeccable timing and her "out of the ordinary" point of view, has ...

29. Niecy Nash

Actress | Reno 911!

Niecy Nash was born on February 23, 1970 in Palmdale, California, USA as Carol Denise Ensley. She is an actress and producer, known for Reno 911! (2003), Claws (2017) and Guess Who (2005). She has been married to Jay Tucker since May 28, 2011. She was previously married to Don Nash.

30. Nicole Beharie

Actress | Shame

Nicole Beharie is an American actress.

Her critically acclaimed film debut was in the film American Violet (2008) alongside Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson and Will Patton. Beharie also played Ernie Davis' girlfriend in the movie The Express (2008). Her upcoming projects include My Last Day Without ...

31. Melanie Liburd

Actress | This Is Us

Melanie was born in Hertfordshire, England, daughter of Georgina a Realtor and Michael Liburd a Martial Arts Expert and has two brothers Marc and Leon. She is half Kittitian, half English. Her mother was born in Russell Square in London and her father was born on the Island of Saint Kitts and Nevis...

32. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

33. Yvonne Orji

Actress | Insecure

Yvonne Orji is known for her work on Insecure (2016), Spontaneous and Night School (2018).

34. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

35. Aja Naomi King

Actress | The Birth of a Nation

King appeared in several short films before landing guest roles on the CBS procedurals Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. Her big break came in 2012 when she was cast as new surgical intern Cassandra Kopelson on the CW drama Emily Owens, M.D. The series was canceled after a single season in 2013. ...

36. Regina Hall

Actress | Girls Trip

Regina Hall was born December 12, 1970 in Washington, D.C., to Ruby, a teacher, and Odie Hall, a contractor. She graduated from Fordham University in 1992, and went on to earn a master's degree in journalism from New York University before shifting to an acting career. In 1997 at age 26, she began ...

37. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son...

38. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and The Choir (2013).

39. Zazie Beetz

Actress | Deadpool 2

Zazie Olivia Beetz is an actress. Born in Berlin, Germany, to a German father and an African-American mother, she was raised in Manhattan (New York City) speaking both German and English at home. She performed in community theaters and local stages from a young age. She is known for Atlanta (2016), ...

40. Anna Diop

Actress | Titans

Anna Diop was born on February 6, 1988 in Dakar, Senegal. She is an actress, known for Titans (2018), 24: Legacy (2016) and Quantico (2015).

41. Lex Scott Davis

Actress | Superfly

Alexis "Lex Scott" Davis is a 26 year old actress from Baltimore, Maryland and has been dancing and acting since she was 3 years old. Davis attended Drexel University as a Dance Physical Therapy major before she moved to New York City in 2013. She continued her studies at the New York Film Academy ...

42. Ebonee Noel

Actress | Still Star-Crossed

Ebonee Noel is an actress, known for Still Star-Crossed (2017), Long Nights Short Mornings (2016) and I Love You, Daddy (2017).

43. Drew Sidora

Actress | Step Up

Drew Sidora was born on May 1, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Drew Sidora Jordan. She is an actress and producer, known for Step Up (2006), White Chicks (2004) and Wild Hogs (2007). She has been married to Ralph Pittman since August 21, 2014. They have two children.

44. Chanté Adams

Actress | Roxanne Roxanne

Chanté Adams is an actress, known for Roxanne Roxanne (2017) and Monsters and Men (2018).

45. Melanie Liburd

Actress | This Is Us

Melanie was born in Hertfordshire, England, daughter of Georgina a Realtor and Michael Liburd a Martial Arts Expert and has two brothers Marc and Leon. She is half Kittitian, half English. Her mother was born in Russell Square in London and her father was born on the Island of Saint Kitts and Nevis...

46. Amber Riley

Actress | Glee

Amber Riley was born on February 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Amber Patrice Riley. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Wiz Live! (2015) and Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (2009).

47. Greta Onieogou

Actress | Fever Pitch

Greta Onieogou was born on March 14, 1991 in St. Petersburg, Russia as Greta Adah Onieogou. She is an actress, known for Fever Pitch (2005), Miss Sloane (2016) and Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters (2015).

48. Merle Dandridge

Actress | Half-Life 2

Merle was born in Okinawa, Japan to a mother of Korean and Japanese descent and an African-American father serving in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating high school in Papillion, Nebraska, she attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago on a full-ride scholarship and ...

49. KiKi Layne

Actress | If Beale Street Could Talk

KiKi Layne is an actress, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Captive State (2019) and Chicago Med (2015).



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